On Being Wary of Postulates and Programs

Yes, of course: the doctrine of the Resurrection places the emphasis on a continuity—indeed a physical, “flesh and blood” continuity—between what we are (or seem to be) now and what we shall be after death. For Christians, the Gospel accounts...

The “Presence” of a Master

Regarding your question about finding a spiritual master, I would caution you to be careful about placing quite the emphasis you have on “presence”. Of course, you certainly have a right to expect that a genuine shaykh or murshid will display all the...

Behind Yourself

You speak of occasionally having the sense that something within you, which is “more than you”, is always praying, even in the moments when you are feeling the most distracted and spiritually indolent; and when you have this experience, you say, it’s...

I believe you’d be wise to get some distance on your emotions. We’re to have cool heads and warm hearts, not hot heads and cold hearts. Not that you’re very close to running the latter risk—your evident compassion seems proof against a low...