Everyday Mysticism: Where to start?

explorationI write these posts with the assumption that my readers are experienced in mystical or metaphysical subjects. Personally, I have been studying these things for so long I hardly remember a time when it wasn’t a part of my life.

But let’s say you’re just starting out. You don’t know your runes from your tarot cards, or your rising sign from your ascendant (hint: they’re the same thing!). Where can you go to find out what you want to know, or what you should even want to know?

As a service to our novice readers, I’ve included a list of my favorite resources. These are good general sites where you can look around, explore other spiritual practices, listen to podcasts, even take a class or two. Most of it is free of charge.

  • Hay House Radio: Hay House Publishing, the company started by the late Louise Hay, practically started the New Age boom in America. This streaming radio station features shows by popular Hay House authors including Michael Neill and Cheryl Richardson. A paid subscription gets you access to the archives.
  • On Being: A Peabody Award-winning public radio show, On Being with Krista Tippett explores questions on spirituality, what it means to be human, and how we want to live. Distributed by NPR, this website includes podcasts, writings and events.
  • Mindful Living, Spiritual Awakening: Dr. Marijo Puleo is like that awesomely nerdy college professor you secretly loved, only with really woo-woo subjects. Her show is meticulously researched (subscribers can get annotated show scripts online), logically organized, and entertaining. Her first 50 podcasts are up, and if you listen in order from first to last (she has structured it like a college course, imho), you can get a good, basic education on a host of metaphysical topics.
  • America Meditating Radio Show: Sister Jenna hosts this daily radio show from the Meditation Museum just outside Washington, DC. The show focuses on wellness, current events, healthy living, spirituality, self-help, meditation, and empowerment. Her impressive guest list includes Whoopi Goldberg, India Arie, Alanis Morrisette, Marianne Williamson, and more.
  • Spirituality & Practice: This resource site is packed full of blogs, books, quotes, and information. The multifaith and interspiritual website, founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, is devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. You can spend hours exploring the information and teachings on this site. E-Courses are offered at reasonable prices, if you want to dig deeper.
  • The Global Consciousness Project: Scientific and utterly cool, the Global Consciousness Project works with a synchronized network of random event generators which record data at dozens of sites around the world and report it via the Internet to central computers. They then analyze the data to determine whether there is any evidence for a global consciousness that can affect our instruments. Major events worldwide cause patterns that defy coincidence. Not an easy read, but fascinating.
  • Beliefnet: Home of the Belief-O-Matic, this is sort of a go-to site for spiritual seekers wanting an overview of various faiths and spiritual paths.
  • Witchvox: Bulky and old-school, this site is a cornucopia of pagan voices, resources, and information. A search engine allows you to narrow searches to your local region in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and other countries.

This is just barely scratching the surface of what’s available online to seekers. Some are highly structured and researched; others are not so much. But all are sure to open your eyes, and perhaps your mind, to some of the amazing ideas that are out there to explore.

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