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Stories by Dr Glenville Ashby

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"We were not good but God had pity on us. ... So my brothers, we had no good works, for all our works were evil. Yet, although men's actions were such, God, in his mercy did not abandon them ..."- St Augustine of HippoJohn braved subzero degrees...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Called a universal genius, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) and other philosophers, such as Immanuel Kant, introduced an intriguing concept that influenced 17th century thought called 'The Principle of Sufficient Reason'.This concept argues...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"... I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me." (Exodus 20: 5)The notion that sins can be passed down through the bloodline has been challenged...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

When Sigmund Freud coined the term 'penis envy', he did not fathom its far-reaching implications. While Freud's work has since been discounted in some circles, one cannot help but concede that he offered incredulous insight into the role of...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Death is an inevitable phenomenon that has touched, and will touch, us all. The young and old succumb alike to what many call a frightening phenomenon.Regrettably, we refrain from candidly discussing death until it unexpectedly befalls a loved one....

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The scriptures are said to be the word of God, the very essence of truth. But are they?The validity of all scripture must be determined by knowledge. The follow-up question is obvious: How do we define knowledge? This is not a simple question.Let me...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:39 AMDr Glenville Ashby

“There is no guru (spiritual teacher). You have to believe in yourself. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you.”  -John Lennon With a Tikal (red mark) printed on their forehead...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 PMDr Glenville Ashby

The shaman moves with stealth and deliberation. His body twirls to the sound of the drums and percussion. His is a cosmic dance, a rhythmic dance that captures the imagination. Shamanism is the oldest religion on earth. Stripped of bureaucracy and...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Philosopher Alan Watts once said, "You did not come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here."Watts' words affirmed our connectedness to the universe by virtue of our very composition. We are...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As alternative healing modalities become increasingly popular in the west, the ancient art of qigong is emerging as the simplest but most effective method for combating mental, physical and physiological challenges.I was moved by the overwhelming...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"The goal of life is death"- Sigmund FreudMan's capacity for evil is boundless. The destructive seed turned outward manifests in the forms of murder and wars. When turned inward man engages in risky, suicidal acts.The antithesis of these behaviours...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"You can learn more from animals than you can from a guru (religious teacher) or any (religious) book."- Jane Roberts"When you practice the animals, do not imitate the animals, become them!"- Kenneth CohenI lifted my right leg, knees high and...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

DELUSIONAL!"God is nothing more than an exalted father."- Sigmund FreudThey were the cries of a troubled soul. There was panic and desperation in these deafening howls. Paramedics swarmed around the hapless middle-age woman who was strapped on the...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The immortal's breathing reaches down to the heels and the normal person's breathing to the throat."- Zhuang Zi, third century philosopherHumans can survive three weeks without food. Surviving without water proves more Herculean, no more than eight...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Christianity is losing an appreciable amount of its members to Buddhism, and while there is no hard data on the extent of this trend, Christian leaders must be concerned.Arguably, many Christians are disaffected with their faith. The fire and...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Stretching oneself spiritually is as important as an athlete's conditioning routine"- The Society of JesuitsSt Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual exercises aim to heighten one's attentiveness to God's mercy and love. Tailored to the demands of modern...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

It's an era defined by political chasms, sociopolitical acrimony and disaffection. It is a political divide like no other time in recent history.Dr Joyce C. Duncan has seen it all. She is a long-time resident of Washington Heights, New York, an...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Oftentimes we are told by metaphysicians that we create our reality.While this might prove a bitter pill to swallow, we are disingenuous if we marginalise the integral role that the mind plays in our environment, our physical and mental health and...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Astral Travel, also called astral projection, is term used in esotericism to describe a wilful out-of-body experience, but for the most part, it's an involuntary experience.It's based on the premise that attached to the physical body is the...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Bukola Shonuga is a well-known Nigerian journalist and entrepreneur. Over the last year, she has assumed the Herculean responsibility of representing His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife.She is tasked with...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 12:42 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Most of us have heard of The Exorcist, a 1973 horror classic that is based on a true story. It centres on possession of a girl who inadvertently contacted a malevolent spirit while playing with an Ouija Board. The film was adapted from the 1949...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

One morning, Jamaica-born Melissa Salmon stood before her mirror. Her stare was revelatory. What she saw was a young woman in need of purposefulness.An epiphany, we know, has transformed many a life and Salmon was about to experience, to listen, and...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The famous poem, Howl, by Allen Ginsberg, opens with the provocative line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness; starving hysterical naked ..."The list is long and exhaustive. It is a list of brilliant minds - writers, poets,...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The Greek essayist and biographer, Plutarch, mentioned a sphere that houses restless spirits that prey on the affections of man.Emmanuel Swedenborg, founder of the New Jerusalem Church, wrote extensively about these wandering, mischievous spirits in...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Pastor Cornelius Heyward commands attention. With an overpowering stature and stirring vocal range, he is as authoritative as they come. He is ultraconservative, not of his own accord, but, as he says, by the command of the Holy Spirit.Some of his...

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