June 1991

Readers Write

Chocolate

A Swiss boarding school, a twig from a licorice plant, a chocolatier

By Our Readers
Quotations

Sunbeams

Illness is the most heeded of doctors. To goodness and wisdom we make only promises; pain we obey.

Marcel Proust

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Perils Of Self-Realization

A harmonious inner awakening is characterized by a sense of mental illumination that brings insight into the meaning and purpose of life; it dispels doubts, offers the solution to many problems, and gives an inner source of security.

By Roberto Assagioli
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Quaking

The landfill under the office where I work holds the decomposed bones of old ships and piers, derelicts not worth repairing, sunk in the harbor. Our building has piles sunk straight down to bedrock, supposed to keep us standing when the ground all around quivers and liquefies.

By Andrea Reshem
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Living Through A Spiritual Emergency

Should I start with the apparent beginning, with that frozen January night when I felt suddenly dizzy and lightheaded, when my lungs tightened and my heart spasmed, when the malaria-like tremors began?

By Linda Wirtanen
Fiction

The Path of God

I write that name with hesitation, the pause that accompanies reverence. One does not scribble the name of the Creator casually. One does not toss about the title of the Segmented Deity without a shuddering respect.

By Earl C. Pike
Fiction

Bodies

I fell in love and then I went shopping for groceries. We were out of everything. There was milk and cold cereal. Bread. Boring.

By Susan Moon
Fiction

A Meeting

A woman sitting alone raises her glass and smiles. This has never happened to Rabbi Feltman before. He is not sure how to react. After a moment he decides to nod in acknowledgment and raises his own glass.

By Rafael Weinstein
Fiction

Bodhisattva

She saw clearly that God was physical, that God excluded nothing from His being, that there was no sensation or perception but that God was the sensation, perception, and the very consideration of these things.

By Robert Shaw