In the Garden

theeffect · In The Garden Dave Brisbin 11.20.22Do you know how many creation stories there are in the bible? Two… Surprised? How many flood stories? Two. There are many “doublets” or repetitions of stories in the bible that scholars attribute to a near literary...

Fishermen and Businessmen

theeffect · Fishermen And Businessmen Dave Brisbin 11.13.22A businessman watches a fisherman come in with a great catch. Asks how long it took to catch so much. Only a short while. Why not stay out longer and catch more? It’s enough to feed his family for the day: he...

Eternity in our Hearts

theeffect · Eternity In Our Hearts Dave Brisbin 11.6.22William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, flew to space on a private suborbital flight a year ago, and like many astronauts, had a profound, worldview-shattering experience. Space was “unlike any...

Fearless Apocalypse

theeffect · Fearless Apocalypse Dave Brisbin 10.30.22It doesn’t take a prophet or a genius to see that the world is on a collision course with something out there. That everything can’t continue at this speed indefinitely. It’s a scary realization, and when we get...

The Way of the Heart

theeffect · The Way Of The Heart Dave Brisbin 10.23.22From third century Christian tradition…young hermit tells an elder: I know the objective of life, what God asks of us, and the best way of serving him—I’m just not capable of doing all that I should. The elder is...

Tragic Gap

theeffect · Tragic Gap Dave Brisbin 10.16.22A wealthy man asks a Zen master to write a text that will inspire and remind him of his love and devotion for his family. The master returns with a beautiful calligraphy that reads: The father dies. The son dies. The...

Choicelessness

theeffect · Choicelessness Dave Brisbin 10.9.22Thirty years ago, living alone, I was trying to be a monk in the city. Maintaining silence in apartment and car, reading all I could find on spiritual life, up at 5AM, prayerfully running through dark streets, meditation...

Task Within the Task

theeffect · Task Within The Task Dave Brisbin 10.2.22Remember the Karate Kid movie? Has to be the original from 1984. Kid asks the master to teach him karate, and the master tells him to wax his cars. But with this exact movement—wax on, wax off. When that’s done,...

First Four Steps

theeffect · First Four Steps Dave Brisbin 9.25.22From the desert monastic communities of Egypt and Judea in the 4th century: a young monk asks his elder how he can come closer to God. Elder tells him to go to the cemetery and insult the dead. Dutifully he goes, and...

First Things

theeffect · First Things Dave Brisbin 9.18.22A nurse, retiring after 44 years while also moving out of the home in which she raised her children, was feeling the anxiety of losing much of what had identified her entire adult life. I was telling her how important it...

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