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Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Sufism, oftentimes referred to as the mystical branch of Islam, is emerging as a unifying force, a spiritual discipline that accommodates practitioners of every faith.This is nothing short of ironic, given the sullied image that orthodox Islam has...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"African parents in church wail, jump and scream for some so called god to save them, while their lives deteriorate further." - Teekay Akin"The oil that keeps this machine (anti-gay violence) moving is bad religion."- Bishop Joseph Tolton...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In a world where titles are readily sought to legitimise positions in the religious community, there is always the possibility that unscrupulous individuals will circumvent conventional paths to credentialisation.The authentic religious leader is...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

A few years ago, Tom Cruise's diatribe against psychiatry on television sparked an ongoing debate. Spiritual crisis networks throughout the world do not verbally carpet bomb this branch of medicine as the famous actor did, but they caution against the unprecedented use of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications when drug-free therapies are available with positive results...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As mainstream religion loses its grip on a more discerning generation, spirituality has taken on a greater existential role.Many are looking inward for peace and wisdom, realising that dogmas, injunctions and edicts supposedly prescribed by God have...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The talk of the Rapture, Armageddon and Millennialism is rife among Christians as the world seemingly teeters on the brink of annihilation. There is a sense of imminence to Jesus' supposed return.But let's for a moment strip away biblical prophecy...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Renowned healer, spiritual teacher, and author Mary Shutan is adamant that there needs to be a connection of the mind and body in the healing process.Shutan, author of the critically acclaimed book The Spiritual Awakening Guide, recently opened up...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Richard Schwartz sits away from his desk. He reclines for a moment then leans forward, his every word deliberate. He appears to be almost searching for the most accurate responses to a slew of questions.Schwartz is bespectacled and blessed with a...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Peter three times denied the Lord (Matthew 26) saying he did not know him, because he recognised that person was not Christ." Seth Speaks: The EternalValidity of the Soul.When our belief and faith are strongly challenged by credible revelations, we...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:56 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Embedded in research, I arrived in Thusis, Switzerland, not knowing what to expect. The spectacular snow-capped peaks bedazzled me as I rode over 7,000 feet into the Alps. But my mind strayed repeatedly as I pondered on what awaited me.It is there...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Exorcist is a term that elicits a range of reactions - from a wry look, a chuckle to a knitted or raised brow.Countenance, indeed, can tell a thousand words.That we are still grappling with Satan and his minions in an age of science and technology...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:06 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Africa and her Diaspora have produced an impressive field of cultural and political activists, each raising the bar with original work on Black history, colonisation and independence. The activists have drilled into us the motto: "Never forget...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Title: ProvidentialAuthor: Colin ChannerPublisher: Akashic BooksColin Channer's Providential is raw, bold, fearfully dark, and unapologetic. But this is understandable. For how could anyone sanitise bloodletting, massacres, slavery, and some of the...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In Chinese spirituality, Qi is referred to as a mysterious energy that resides in every human being. It can be cultivated through the practice of Tai Ji Quan, Ba-Gua, and Qigong.Under...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The term 'cult' is oftentimes used to describe fringe, apocalyptic, counter-cultural groups that withdraw from society. But this is not always the case. Some mainstream religions, deemed harmless and law-abiding, are nothing more than cults, using...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Paul of Tarsus, or Saint Paul, has oftentimes been called the greatest missionary of the Christian faith.This may hardly seem newsworthy, but when one adds the claim that he deliberately twisted and subverted the original teachings of Jesus, while...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In a time when the world thirsts for tranquillity and security, mainstream religions vigorously compete for souls, damning those who don't toe their line - unwittingly contribute to an atmosphere of intolerance and fear.But is there a better path, a...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Jesus is said to have raised the dead, but before the Christian messiah, there were others of divine birth who supposedly performed this incredulous feat.That such miracles occurred is a matter of faith. Frankly, it cannot be proven. But what if it...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"He who has not forgiven an enemy has not yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life." Johann Kaspar Lavater's famous Santeria quote.In the 1987 film, The Believers, viewers were rattled and terrified by murderous, gory scenes. Since then...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Sigmund Freud may have singled-handedly shaped Western psychology. Over time, though, his thesis on the subconscious has been discredited in some quarters, giving way to more innovative and comprehensive theories on human behaviour.That we carry...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Keith Antonio Silva is controversial and provocative. He claims to have had personal relationships destroyed because of a gift he discovered when he was nine years old. His reputation as a healer is unchallenged with thousands of testimonials at...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In measured detail, the Bible and the Quran describe two places that are likely to become our everlasting home when we die...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In a world steeped in conservatism and religious dogmas, any discourse on the pleasures of sex is taboo, shrouded in secrecy and best relegated to the back burner.But therein lies the cause of our...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Throughout history chanting has been used as a medium to communicate with deities, saints, and God.It has also been a substantive part of physical and spiritual healing, and even applied to effect change in economic and political affairs.The secret...

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