Author - Philip Goldberg

Philip Goldberg is a spiritual counselor and interfaith minister in Los Angeles. The director of the Forge Guild of Spiritual Leaders and Teachers, he has authored 17 books. His most recent, Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox, was just released in paperback by Sentient Publications. Phil offers private counseling in person and by telephone, and conducts workshops throughout the country. For information, write to phil@philipgoldberg.com or see his website: www.philipgoldberg.com.
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Does Prayer have a Prayer?

You may have read that a major study concluded that prayer has no effect on the health of the person being prayed for. Many scientists greeted the findings with cheers. They hope findings will finally put to rest all this ooga booga about the...

The Role of Teachers

Last month, my first and most important spiritual teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, passed away. It had been many years since I’d seen him, and the event made me think back to the long hours I spent learning from him and the honor of being made a...

Healing the Planet as a Spiritual Practice

Recently, I was asked by an environmental activist what spirituality could possibly contribute to global warming and related issues. I said that the environmental crisis is also a spiritual crisis, because if we do not tap deeply into the hearts and...

Holy Humor

Someone once complained to the Indian sage Ramakrishna that one of his disciples was drunk. “But don’t you think God is drunk?” asked Ramakrishna. “How else would the universe be so crazy if God wasn’t drunk?” Maybe...

The Green-Eyed Monster

Recently, some colleagues and I were discussing the spiritual benefits of gratitude, when one of them asked, “What gets in the way of you feeling grateful?” As you can imagine, there were lots of responses, but one that just about...

Sacred Vacations

Planning a summer vacation? Why not do something that feeds your soul and elevates your spirit? Instead of settling for mere recreation, consider spending your time and resources on transformative re-creation. Here are some suggestions. Take an...

What ‘The Secret’ Leaves Out

Now that “The Secret” has been revealed on “Larry King Live” and “Oprah,” it’s tempting to say it is no longer a secret. Millions of people are adjusting the contents of their thoughts to align their minds...

Creating a Spiritual Repertoire

If you take your spiritual life seriously, you will, from time to time, get the feeling that you need to do something new or different to further your growth. The primal yearning for intimate connection with the divine is so powerful that, once it’s...

Spiritual Citizenship

I’m writing this in the afterglow of Election Day, and I have to say I’m both pleased and relieved. I have no illusion that the results presage an era of enlightened governance, but it does suggest that the American people are more principled...

The Spirit of Writing

Recently, I was asked to speak at the Nashville Path & Pen Writers Conference. My topic was originally “Writing as a Spiritual Practice,” but the more I thought about it the more it made sense to add “-And Spiritual Practice...

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