Peter Volkofsky | Author & Life Coach

Peter Volkofsky is an author, spoken word poet and life coach. In 2017, Peter published his thriller Mia's Magic Wand. In 2015 he published Beautiful Quest as an Ark House imprint. Peter has been married to his wife Penelope for thirty-three years and together they have reared seven children.

Catalytic (cat•a•lyt•ic)

(adj.) a process that precipitates an event

The Vision

Individuals and teams reaching their goals.

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Spiritual Symmetry

The symmetry of beauty has been on my mind, especially the way it happens in the symmetry of sacrifice. As an expression of deep love, God shouldered a cross in order to create the universe—in turn—as an expression of deep love, we shoulder our cross and the beauty is impossible to hide. (see CS Lewis' poem, 'Love's as warm as Tears'). It all falls over of course the moment we allow sanctimonious pride, fear, repressed anger, score cards and so on to replace self-forgetful love as the motivation behind the sacrifice. This latter experience would be a bit like finding a flower growing in your yard but you realise that one half of it is plastic. This is what happens when our love starts out well but then slides back into a contrivance.

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A God Delusion

'A God Delusion' is what Richard Dawkins should have titled his book, which (in a dead giveaway of his rather pompous approach) he called 'The God Delusion'. I haven't finished reading it yet but every page so far is reinforcing the fact that all of us at different times in our lives—whether we are believers or atheists—harbour various 'God Delusions'. These tend to be expressed most boldly when we are rich and healthy or angry and in pain.

And this is not all bad, we find much of this in the psalms and other writings in scripture. Putting these kind of thoughts out of there is, not uncommonly, one way of processing them and sometimes realising how silly they are, and that they are delusional. In the light of that, it may well be that Dawkins' book will help both Christians and atheists to be rid of one particular delusion* about God.

The difference of course with Dawkins' book is the relentless rage—even hatred—that comes through. This guy is not going to listen to reason and his outbursts read more like those of someone in stage three of faith development** where everything is either 'black or white', 'this or that'. A hallmark of this stage is the inability to see inconsistency in your reasoning and the inability to hear valid criticism.

Sometimes though, it turns out that the expression of our hurts and disappointments about God is not merely delusional, not silly and is in fact quite profound. Dawkins does allude to some of this but in a manner that suggests he's not actually serious, he just wants to hate—like a propagandist—and that is that. On the other hand, when CS Lewis said the awful pain of having a wife die of cancer made him wonder if we were just 'rats in a cosmic experiment', he did it in a way that spoke on behalf of millions and enabled them to go somewhere with it. Interestingly—despite what some Christians thought—he hadn't lost his faith, he was simply expressing it honestly.

* a delusion is a false impression that's held onto despite the contradictory evidence of reality

** James Fowler, Faith Development

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Pity

'Ye must distinguish. The action of pity will live forever: But the passion of pity will not. The passion for pity, the pity we merely suffer, the ache that draws men to concede what should not be conceded and the flatter when they should speak truth, the pity that has cheated many a woman out of her virginity and many a statesman out of his honesty – that will die. It was used as a weapon by bad men against good ones: Their weapon will be broken ... Every disease that submits to a cure shall be cured: But we will not call blue yellow to please those who insist on still having jaundice.'

(CS Lewis - The Great Divorce p.111)

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Cool Love

You cannot truly love someone and simultaneously focus on being cool. It's like offering to help a woman get her car out of a bog on the condition that you get no mud on your suit.

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Be

Be happy to do things that go nowhere

Be happy to open your mouth before your mind is in gear

Be happy to respond to whatever catches your attention

Be a cheerful event in their day

Keep 'the spirit of the game'

Ask questions & listen

Be in no hurry

Save time by wasting time

Think more about whether God knows you rather than whether you know him.(See Matthew 7:22)

Remind yourself that life’s not fair

Assume that you are called to unhinge the forces of darkness and release a slave by making a sacrifice

Find out what it means to activate redemptive magic Owe no man anything except the debt of love.