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…

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…

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…

Real Faith is No Faith

Real Faith Many people (atheist and theist alike) see 'having real faith in God' as the complete and utter surrender to [its] omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence - to know in your deepest core that [it] exists and works its work in the world for you and through you.  The epitome of this 'real' faith should…

On Enlightenment

I hesitate to say I was enlightened, but damn, it sure felt like it. Since that moment nearly six years ago, my worldview hasn't changed that much - I still don't believe in a sentient supreme being, but I now definitely understand why people would feel inclined to call 'it' a god.  Because now I…