Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt is a retired psychotherapist and chemical dependency counselor who belongs to the Sufi Ruhiniat International order of Sufi’s and is a drummer in the Spokane Sufi group and an elder at the Country Homes Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. He is a member of the Westar Institute (The Jesus Seminar people). He studied for the ministry in the late 1950’s at Texas Christian Church and twice married Janet Fowler, a member of a long tern TCU family and a Disciple minister. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement, studying philosophy at Columbia University and psychology in the University of North Carolina university system. He has taught philosophy and psychology, and was professionally active in Florida, North Carolina, and, for 25 years in Spokane. He has studied and practiced Siddha Yoga, Zen Buddhism and, since the mid 1970’s, Sufism and the Dances of Universal Peace. He has three sons and three grandchildren. With the death of his wife, Janet, he is continuing their concentration on human rights, ecology, and ecumenical and interfaith reconciliation.

Beyond a Spiritual Deadlock: Levels of Spiritual Development, Part 2

We seem to think that by repeating, maybe the other will hear. However, the reality is that neither deeply understands what the other is talking about, and neither understands the meanings and ramifications of the other’s ideas. It is as if we are talking to a series of mirrors, with voices of other thinkers coming at us, using our words which are taken from a completely foreign dictionary.

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Truth or Awareness: Levels of Spiritual Development, Part 1

Too often we limit our creativity, our connection with each other, with God (if so we believe) or with any other entity of life by conceiving spiritual development as a holding onto doctrines and beliefs that are true. We seem to think that spiritual development is adherence to some set of truths that have usually been determined by some orthodoxy, and consisting of a set of ideas that could be pointed to as “the truth.”

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From Spokane to the Galapagos: In Search of God

The reasons are simple and really, for me, pretty everyday: To try to find a way in which we may, as modern thinkers, express our religious sentiments without doing violence to the intellectual understandings of our recent cosmological and scientific discoveries — the enlightenment and post modern critiques — and to find God. Again.

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