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The Algonkins believed the human family were the children of Michabo, the spirit of the dawn, and their supreme deity. In their language the words earth, mother and father were from the same root. –Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman’s Bible

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of the Spirit of the Dawn.

Journaling Prompt: What do you enjoy about the dawn?

Art Prompt: Spirit of Dawn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Algonquin spirituality.

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I am early in my story, but I believe I will stretch out into eternity, and in heaven I will reflect upon these early days, these days when it seemed God was down a dirt road, walking toward me. Years ago He was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face. –Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone on a spiritual journey.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your spiritual journey.

Art Prompt: Spiritual journey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of your personal spiritual journey.

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What you seek on your journey is not a solution to a problem, not the answer to a question, but an encounter with mystery that will by very definition far exceed the best efforts of your mind, the outermost limits of your imagination. –God Hunger: Discovering the Mystic in all of Us by John Kirvan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Take your protagonist on the journey of a mystic.

Journaling Prompt: What unknowable mystery would you like to understand and why?

Art Prompt: Mystic journey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of mysticism.

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Ritual Path Texture Light Lincoln Park

You are no stranger to mystical experiences. The mystical incident visits everyone in various ways. Simply defined, it is an event that takes you beyond the limitations of your five senses, heightening the intensity with which you are able to relate to the profound beauty or significance of something. Often, in this moment of heightened sensitivity, you feel an oneness with whichever “other” you are in relationship with at the moment. Such a union could take place between you and nature, or between one person and another-such as a mother and her newborn-or between an individual and God. –Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about experiencing the mystical.

Journaling Prompt: Write about one of your mystical experiences.

Art Prompt: Mystical experience

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about mystical experiences and give them a few suggestions about how they can have one.

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Mother Mary

numinous adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
  2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious:
  3. that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
  4. arousing one’s elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.:
  5. a benevolent and numinous paternity.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a numinous experience in your life.

Art Prompt: Numinous

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Fence

You’ve heard the proverb, “Fences make good neighbords.” It turns out there is more to that proverb than meets the eye.

‘People often turn to aesthetic boundaries in their environment to give them a sense that their world is ordered and structured as opposed to random and chaotic,’ writes author Keisha Cutright (University of Pennsylvania).

Cutright’s research indicates that people who feel a lack of control seek tangible boundaries, such as frames around paintings, fences around yards, or prominent borders surrounding a firm’s logo. “When individuals no longer feel in control of their lives, they seem to seek the sense of order and structure that boundaries provide — the sense that ‘there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place,'” Cutright explains.

The author also found that individuals who have other places to turn for a sense of structure had less need for physical boundaries. “Individuals who rely on God for a sense of order and structure were less likely to heighten their preference for boundaries in the face of low personal control than individuals who do not,” Cutright writes.

In a world where consumers face natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and everyday chaos at home, they will seek whatever small comfort they can. ‘In other words, don’t be alarmed if you find yourself craving thicker picture frames and a new fence for your yard. You may just need a little control in your life,’ Cutright concludes. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a character sketch showing how your character feels a lack of control and how he or she tries to get it back.

Journaling Prompt: How do you respond when you feel a lack of control.

Art Prompt: Fences

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Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

I believe that there are miracles all around us every day. We just need to open our eyes and awareness to see them.

Miracles occur naturally as an expression of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle. –A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a character experiences a miracle of love.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a miracle of love that you have experienced.

Art Prompt: Love

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Any excuse for a party, that’s my motto! Even if it’s just a party in my head. Nice to find someone who agrees with me. Even better that he put it in print, don’t you think?

Celebration is a mental experience with both conscious and unconscious dimensions. At a conscious level, celebration offers us a way – possibly the only way we know – to hold the moment, to engage in it fully and experience it fully, to experience ourselves and others in that context and feel grounded in the scheme of life and history. At an unconscious level, the celebrated moment imprints itself on us, adding to the hidden store of impressions that shape our thinking and color our view throughout life. In celebration we enrich our lives with the experience of our shared history as well as the shared moment. We may share a moment with others or with the memory of others, with God or simply with our own self. To do this in an ongoing way brings many of these enriched memories together to add depth of feeling and meaning to our daily lives. Our capacity to celebrate enables us to experience the deeper dimensions of any moment – at work, in love, or at play – as part of a human experience greater than ourselves. -Harvey L. Rich, In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday

Writing Prompt: Create a celebration for your world or character.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite celebration ever. What made it so meaningful to you?

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the significance of celebrations in your family or your culture.

Art Prompt: Celebration

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baptism


I was baptized as an infant, but then made the choice to be baptized as an adult. I wanted to do it mindfully, as a sacred choice. This reading touched me.

Pilar and Daniel Weinberg’s son was baptized on the coast. The baptism taught him what was sacred.

They gave him a sea shell: “So you’ll learn to love the water.”

They opened a cage and let a bird go free: “So you’ll learn to love the air.”

They gave him a geranium: “So you’ll learn to love the earth.”

And they gave him a little bottle sealed up tight: “Don’t ever, ever open it. So you’ll learn to love mystery.” -Eduardo Galeano, Walking Words

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character is baptized. What gifts is she given, and what are the lessons they carry?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a baptism experience, yours or that of your child or family member.

Art Prompt: Baptism

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your experience with the decision to be baptized, whether it be a religious baptism or otherwise.

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Worried man

Religion is purported to have a lot of benefits, but it turns out that the individual’s conception of and relationship with God determines whether they will receive those benefits or not. 

“…certain spiritual beliefs are tied to intolerance of uncertainty and worry for some individuals,” the paper concludes.

“‘We found that the positive beliefs of trust in God were associated with less worry and that this relationship was partially mediated by lower levels of intolerance of uncertainty,” it added. “Conversely, the negative beliefs of mistrust in God correlated with higher worry and intolerance…'” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Does your character believe in a higher power? If yes, how much does he or she trust the higher power? How is this expressed in behavior?

Journaling Prompt: How much do you worry? How does your level of worry relate to your trust or mistrust of a higher power?

Art Prompt: Worry

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about worry as a habit and give them strategies to overcome it.

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