Rebooting The Empty Path

On May 27, 2007, I began publishing The Empty Path through the free blogging service of WordPress.com. I have now migrated that blog to a domain I own, EmptyPath.net.

Rebooting (boots and plants)The blog’s first post was called “Where to Start” and concluded with the following words:

The day-to-day reality of faith and practice, what sustains me in every private grief or joy, in every public conflict or celebration, is not grounded in belief or knowledge.  It is grounded in the immediate experience of relationship with the Divine Presence, “Nearer than breath, Closer than hands or feet.” 1

About the tagline: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present

I stumbled onto the term “nonaligned” in the context of the Cold War struggle of nations which did not want to align with either the Soviet Union or the United States. 2  They wanted to be themselves, rather than to be defined by the dueling hegemonies which sought power over them.

In the realm of faith and practice, to be nonaligned means to follow the authentic, organic path of moment by moment discovery, rather than subscribing to or, worse, submitting to externally imposed doctrines of belief and behavior.

In this sense, to remain nonaligned is itself an act of faith.

And so it is.

Blessèd Be,
Mike Shell


  1. A frequently quoted couplet, paraphrased from “The Higher Pantheism” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  2. See “Non-Aligned Movement” in Encyclopaedia Britannica and “History and Evolution of Non-Aligned Movement” by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

3 comments On Rebooting The Empty Path

  • Mike, thanks for keeping me in the loop; love the picture….

    • Thanks, Lyn. The picture is from my lazy-man’s garden…all succulents and other perennials. 🙂

  • Free Polazzo

    Mike, I appreciate your emails that bring Light into my Google account. Imagine all that Light being spread around the world as Google sends it from one of its computers to another to another … and finally into mine. Filling and then Emptying my inbox!

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