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This is the tenth teaching in the Cafh course "Sacrifice." The course expands our usual understanding of sacrifice by referring to the Latin roots of the word: sacer+facere, to make sacred. It discusses various aspects of life that we often consider painful and suggests how we can meet them constructively, in ways that will deepen our knowledge of ourselves and help us unfold spiritually.

The basic human problem is lack of compassion. As long as this problem persists, all other problems will persist. If it is solved, we can look forward to happier days.
                                                              Tenzin Gyatso, Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet (1935 -)

An Actor Prepares-A Soul Unfolds by Sally Sommer

… the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature…

The actor’s work is to create a character, a personality, and to bring it alive for an audience. The process of accomplishing that work reminds me of the process of spiritual unfolding and of coming to know one’s true self.

Spiritual Unfolding and Model-Making in Science and Daily Life by Robert Magrisso

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
Albert Einstein


The process of science is one my inspirations for spiritual life. The expansion of consciousness brought to humanity by science is something from which I have tried to learn. The open-ended nature of science, always seeking a greater approximation to truth, a greater understanding of reality and, with it, an attitude of seeking and non-attachment to current understandings is a basic approach that I try to apply to life.

Unfolding as a Journey

by Susan Martersteck

Susan lives in Deerfield, Illinois with her husband, Chris, who interviews her here. Susan has been a member of Cafh since 1986 and has worked as a hospice chaplain for the past 14 years.

Becoming Conscious of My Consumption Habits

by Juan Cardona


While reading the news, I feel this craving to buy something; next, I find myself browsing the Internet in search of something to buy that I have lived all my life without. Isn’t there enough stuff in my life already? Everywhere I turn, I am confronted with my consumption habits and my choices.