Reflection and action

In the short video Dr Stephanie Dowrick uses the familiar, yet wonderfully fresh “Mary and Martha” story from the Christian gospels to demonstrate the interdependence of reflection and action. It’s what she calls the “Yin and Yang” of spiritual life. Stephanie also points out that it is reflection that we often overlook or rush by […]

Renewal and inspiration

We are now in our  sixth year of interfaith services in Sydney. Yet sometimes even “interfaith” seems too much of a label (although I did use it on the census form when asked to nominate my religion…!).  Perhaps it’s enough to know that the spiritually inclusive services we offer each month, 3rd Sundays, 3pm, at […]

Respect for all of life

A brief extract from Seeking the Sacred, now available as both printed book and audio, sent with the latest Universal Heart Newsletter. Whatever else the sacred is, it points to this: we are members of a single human family, marvelous and terrifying in its diversity. If we want to blink a couple of times and […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Dear friends Books/Audio  * Events: Adelaide, Hahndorf, SA, Sydney, Coromandel * Sydney service * A positive view of our time Welcome! This will be a briefer Newsletter than usual, in part because I am experimenting with writing to you a little more often with less information. I hope this works for you. Several invitations follow. […]

A Norwegian voice of peace

All people are children when they sleep. there’s no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, […]

First, do no harm

Can we any longer afford to ignore our power to harm one another? Or to recoil, helplessly? “Doing no harm” is an active choice, one which perhaps has a higher ethical and social value than any other, as suggested in this extract from Stephanie Dowrick’s latest and most overtly peace-making book, Seeking the Sacred. She writes: […]

Practise peace today

To prevent the next war, we have to practise peace today. If we establish peace in our hearts and in our ways of looking at things, war will not come. The only way to stop a war is to create real peace.    Thich Nhat Hanh  

Universal Heart Newsletter

Reading activism – a request  *  “Speaking” the Sacred (Audio now out) *  Book now for October  Mana Retreat * Melbourne “Mana” group? *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 17 July  *  Share this newsletter! * Social media * On-line bookshop Dear friends Over the many years that I’ve been (first) a publisher and then a writer, […]

How to save your marriage!

If your marriage or love relationship is worth saving – and many are! – then these steps may help. They will take you towards a renewed awareness of how you can lift your partner’s spirits – and your own – with consistent, trustworthy attitudes and acts of kindness, consideration and thoughtfulness. These are the most […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Appreciation and why it matters  *   Sept/October Retreat *  YouTube link on Transformation *   Visiting USA 12-17 June  *  On-line book buying including Bread of Angels *  An appreciation reminder from Sufi poet Rumi  *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 19 June  * Peter Damo “Sunrise” Dear friends My thoughts and prayers are with you […]

Profound appreciation

Pioneering psychologist William James is best known for his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, where he wrote, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  Is this true for you? I read that line when I was seeking new inspiration on the perennial theme of encouragement. Thinking about it for […]

Sustaining our peace

In this short, encouraging video Stephanie Dowrick speaks about sustaining a sense of peace and inner confidence even in the face of difficult events. Combining practical support and rare inspiration, she draws on the teachings of Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan, Deuteronomy (“Choose life!”) and also reflects on the Four Noble Truths about the nature […]