Probably all of us would ideally like to avoid poverty with all the hardships it brings. And having the aspiration of being comfortably well off seems reasonable. Enough income to get by on without the worry of debt. Extra to this and we can enjoy a foreign holiday or a spanking new car. But such … Continue reading Money, money, money.
These days the notion of a ghost is usually limited to the world of fiction. Tales of such apparitions have been found in every culture. The ghost hunting theme has been featured in reality television series in the West. The traditional popular image is of something wispy and translucent. Yet we tend not to actually … Continue reading Ghost – Why believe in spirits?
The brain, is a soft, mass of gray and white matter. It has been estimated that there are more connections between the nerve cells within each one than all the particles in the universe! But how on earth can a piece of mere biological tissue – albeit an incredibly complex one – have consciousness? How … Continue reading Consciousness: can brain matter have it?
Now we know why God made rats. It was to rescue us humans from our own folly – our terrible invention of anti-personnel land mines. These were cruelly buried near the surface of the large areas of land in Angola and Mozambique. How to find them now the conflict is over? Well the answer is … Continue reading Why did God make rats?
The disappointing terrorist attack of 9/11 was clearly not a blessing in disguise. Evil got its way and many people were very badly physically and emotionally hurt. Nor in any conceivable way can many a disappointing setback be described as a piece of good fortune even if tiny morsels of something positive might be salvaged … Continue reading Disappointment: a blessing in disguise?
If you don’t believe in a human soul or in an afterlife, how would you respond if I asked you to sign a contract to sell your soul to me for £2? Many people these days are sceptical of the notion that consciousness can survive the death of the brain. Modern science points out that … Continue reading Afterlife – Could you believe deep down?
In religious art a halo around a human head depicts spirituality. This may be because it is what some people have actually seen. In some forms of spiritual practice, an aura is thought to be a luminous field of energy extending a little distance from each living thing. Some healers say that colour in someone’s … Continue reading Aura – Why can’t I see mine?
Dawn Faizey Webster when aged 30 had a stroke that left her paralysed in almost all the muscles of the body apart from eyes. She was unable to speak. When aged 38 however she embarked on a degree in ancient history working on a laptop that translates her eye movements into text writing no more … Continue reading The amazing human spirit
Stephen Sutton has incurable cancer. “I was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2010. I then have had periods of remission and relapse, before doctors eventually described my disease as incurable in November 2012.” In 2012 he wrote a list of things he wanted to do before he dies. It consisted of 46 items … Continue reading What do you want to do before you die?
Nigella Lawson is well known as a television cook who takes a relaxed and casual approach to cooking for her own pleasure. However, it seems like most of us she is not immune from anxiety. “At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and … Continue reading Anxiety – Can spiritual learning help reduce it?