Snipe Hunting

The boy looks around and finds himself in the darkness, abondoned. There never were any snipes and now he is alone. This is a snipe hunt; a ritual of sorts, practiced for hundreds of years by thousands of children. And it provides a surprising metaphor for the nature of spiritual transformation, nondualistic thinking, and deconstruction. Snipe hunting is my story, and it’s yours, too. Music from https://soundcloud.com/watchtowerseyes?fbclid=IwAR1IydnMxXdYaTPYafmGnS3Tqz_rd_l-gvEkKeTsG8alSix_kc1N0V6KsrI

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Snipe Hunting: Episode 1

Monday Jul 18, 2022

Monday Jul 18, 2022

Snipe Hunting is one part memoir, one part exploration of a Boy Scout ritual used as a metaphor for spiritual transformation and deconstruction.  It is also an attempt at pointing to the nondual reality that I see rising up right in the middle of my world.  Each episode will conclude with a spiritual practice.  
 
 

Monday Jul 25, 2022

Groups take us in.  They love us, care for us, and make deep demands of us.  We see it in a Snipe Hunt and as I look back at my years in the church, I see how the same pattern played itself out years later.  Today's spiritual practice is a modification of The Riverside Meditation.  
Many thanks to Auden Campbell for music and production.  Find her at https://soundcloud.com/watchtowerseyes
 

Friday Jul 29, 2022

The belief that ideas ought to step in a boxing ring and battle it out with each other is known as dualism.  Dualism leaves no room for nuance and qualifications.  It can even hijack my identity, as I start to view myself as somebody who is always for this thing and who always stands against that thing.  

Abandoned in the Wilderness

Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

The mental health struggles snuck up on us.  And as each of these aspects of life began to erode, I found myself with fewer and fewer sanctuatires.  And yet, I did my best to continue to live in denial.  At first, the church was remarkable.  Things eventually began to change, though.  One of the dualistic lenses through which they viewed the world was to see some people as the savoirs and others to be those in need of saving.

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