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This blog is about finding your true nature in nature.

We spend a lot of time in the realm of abstract concepts. I did this as someone trained in the scientific method. I was trained to look at the world in terms of systems, categories, and facts. I didn’t like it. Ultimately, it didn’t seem true. Or perhaps it’s better to say that it seemed like a half-truth.

So I began pursuing the deeper, hidden truths in the way that many modern people do: through a mystical path. At first it was deliciously inspiring. It felt good to be on the path. But eventually it also started to feel unreal. I was constantly hearing that somehow the world of everyday experience didn’t count, that it was an illusion, and that I needed to have some sort of special awakening to step beyond it. This was the goal that was held up.

After a while I stopped pursuing that. I do believe that we can awaken to higher planes of consciousness and also be here at the same time. But I am not consumed with that project. It seems to me that this awareness that I call “Ruth” came to be here in this body on this planet. She’s here mostly to do that. Not to escape. Not to be somewhere else. That will come eventually.

I’ve discovered that I like being here. And that there is another spiritual path that feels truer and more real. It involves what Thomas Berry described as “inscendence” and it has to do with celebrating the essential aliveness and sacredness of the reality that we are experience with these little body-minds and our other mysterious aspects. It has to do with being here in wholeness, reverence, and connection.

That’s why I’m here. And what this blog is about.


  1. When I read Thomas Berry’s “Evening Thoughts” several years ago, he provided another gift of turning on my winding path. And, yes, “being here in wholeness, reverence, and connection.” Blessings!

    • We lost a true elder when we lost Father Berry. Thanks for the comment.

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