Lincoln’s First Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol 1861

With the Capitol, the Inauguration and Democracy in peril, an American president channeled his spiritual muse, reminding our present generation of the resilience of the American Soul.

On February 11, 1861, a tall but slightly stooped figure carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders, boarded the train bound for Washington, D.C. Heading to the capital from Springfield, Illinois to be inaugurated as the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln is facing the starkest of realities: seven…


Maybe we need a little more The Jefferson Bible and a little less The Bible. Jefferson extracted Jesus' highest moral teachings ,kept those, and threw out the fantastical. Christianity became less about the sayings and wisdom of Jesus and more about the magic of the virgin birth, the resurrection and the cult of personality. Should we then be so surprised that the most zealous Christians turned to the cult of Trump , having turned their religion into the cult of Jesus?


Franklin, “Join, or Die” and Jung

Carl Jung underscored the power of symbols. Benjamin Franklin understood their value. Now elements of modern conservatism are showing a preference for autocracy over democracy. It’s time to reclaim our symbols.


Franklin, “Join, Or Die” and Jung

Carl Jung underscored the power of symbols. Benjamin Franklin understood their value. Now elements of modern conservatism are showing a preference for autocracy over democracy. It’s time to reclaim our symbols.


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Martin Luther King tapped into a mystical East-West lineage, one that can guide us in divisive times

It really boils down to this: all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… This is the way our universe is structured. We aren’t going to have peace on earth…


When times call for Practical Mystics

It’s enough to overwhelm even the eternal optimist.

Impeachment. 2020 election. Australian wildfires, the climate crisis. Creeping authoritarianism at home and abroad. Historic polarization.

What’s an aspiring modern mystic-citizen to do?

The Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century gives insight into America’s DNA as a way in… and out. Along…

Christopher Naughton

is an Emmy® Award winning producer/host of The American Law Journal, New World Radio, opines on history, the Constitution & spirituality christophernaughton.com

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