Am I a Druid? Yes, but…

You may have felt this You're an aspiring druid, so you're out in the middle of Nature - a park, say, in the early evening.  You've rested the palm of your hand on a tree.  Your eyes are closed, your head is bowed, and you're feeling really connected to every living thing around you.  You…

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Believing is Seeing

You choose your belief I'd love to be wrong, I really would - but unfortunately this is all there is. That means belief in spirits, other realms, and even escaping the cycle of death and rebirth is all in your head. Their only real reality lies in the psychological impact those notions have upon you…

Wisdom for others

Why is it easier to advise others than to apply our wisdom to our own lives? And at the same time why is it that other people's advice always falls on the deaf ears of our own soul? By that I mean I've been told the same advice by countless people in countless different ways…

The Infinite Tablecloth

Imagine a super-stretchy tablecloth that goes on forever in all directions. Or it could be infinitely-stretchy but fixed in a huge wooden frame, for the purposes of this metaphor, both work as well. Now it starts off perfectly flat. This is the 'fabric of reality' and it's right now both all and nothing: it's the…

Someone Else’s Symbols

Magic is a mental practice - where you exercise and selectively focus your intent, your 'motivation' or 'will', behind an action in order to be more effective and increase the odds of success/achieving a goal or desire. In that way, it's really not very magical at all and sometimes that can be a disappointment to…

I wanna scream

In an earlier post I'd said I felt like I had experienced enlightenment, and that insight stays with me today, but... I wanna scream! My gut is twisted with frustration, dissatisfaction, incompleteness, 'not-enough-ness'.  Sure, if I were to follow my insight, I'd recognize that I'm letting myself feel too attached - and if I wanted…

Suffering is Difference, Bliss is Sameness.

That sounds like a platitude. Indeed it might be. It's just an expression of my latest understanding and once again my 'obsession' with the way Reality keeps consistently 'boiling down to' Sameness and Difference.  I'm quite astounded that what I had until now thought applied metaphysically and physically, also applies emotionally/spiritually. I had been chewing…

Judgement or Discernment? Is There a Difference?

I've been talking with my older brother who's having difficulties from being, in his words, 'very judgemental'.  Various Eastern philosophies hold that personal unhappiness and 'suffering' stems from attachment and having a judging mind. I've been trying to explain to him how he should 'not judge' because that is the result of a personal attachment…

The ‘Good Enough’ Principle

I know, that doesn't sound like a very 'formal' philosophical principle, but bear with me. To exist means to stand out (from Latin "ex-" meaning 'out of' and "stare" meaning 'to stand'), and so for a Thing to exist it must be different from all other Things. But how different? Just enough. In fact, any…

A Fireside Chat with Meru

"Come, come in, welcome! Here, sit down by the fire. I prepared it just before you showed up, and the space has just begun to warm." Meru the Wise talks with us by the fireside. We play with ideas, and hopefully learn some things when we're done.