Entries by David Maginley

Praying? Shoot for the moon!

It was a clear night with a gorgeous moon, yet even with a good lens, my photograph just wasn’t as clear and sharp as I wanted. There were multiple factors at play, among them being automatic camera settings, atmospheric distortion and electronic noise on the camera sensor. I would have to somehow cut through all […]

Hiding in Plain Sight

I snoop. Not only for my gift, but everyone’s. They’re wrapped under the tree, looking amazing and mysterious, and I can’t help but dive in. My justification is that this is what God wants us to do – go searching for the gifts of love. I know, it’s a poor use of a profound metaphor, […]

Your Creative Spirit

She painted her path to healing. It was the best way for Laura to activate her consciousness, her spirit, to help her body regain balance. Laura’s blood counts had remained low, even months after the stem cell transplant. She wondered if there was any way to influence that invisible world within. The best way, of […]

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

I’ve just come back from a conference with hundreds who’ve died and visited heaven. It’s the International Association for Near-Death Studies Convention, a yearly gathering to explore the ultimate trip. And I feel oddly comfortable with the crowd, because I visited that realm myself, and can describe it in one word: home. It was because […]

Why Me?

This must be the most common question that springs to mind when the bottom falls out of life. Its asked from the moment of diagnosis and wrestled with throughout the course of treatment. And its a question asked on two levels: the biological one – why did this happen to my body, and the spiritual […]

Moving Forward with Gratitude

I looked out at the unexpected crowd of 300+ who came for the launch of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey on June 9th, and saw a treasure – these people, and so many more, were the living documents of my work and my life. I felt… feel… abundantly blessed. It was a great […]

You’re in Love – Literally!

You know the experience? – to love another so deeply your souls are connected. What happens to them resonates in you. You are part of their thoughts, their joy, and their sorrow. While it may start as a sentimental romantic notion, it can grow into the ultimate spiritual realization, for love, literally, connects us to […]

Finished Treatment – Now What?

Your cancer treatment is complete. You’re moving back into life, receiving the congratulations of friends and feeling the relief of family. Problem is, you may not feel relieved. In fact, you may feel a surprising discontent – not energized, not positive, and certainly not safe. What’s going on? Many cancer patients don’t want to claim […]

A Resolution for Caregivers

It’s a new year. And the resolution to care for yourself – body, mind and soul – will be the most important, accessible promise you can make – but this resolution can only be kept if it is made from purpose, not pressure. And it must be made before your tank is emptied. While caring for […]

Strength through Weakness

In my last blog I spoke of two people who were bodhisattvas – warriors of compassion. In the face of cancer and mortality, they took steps to ensure their love remained greater than their fear. Like a sailboat in a storm, compassion became a keel which balanced them against the strain of suffering and struggle. […]