How the Universe looks from here

Monday, June 27, 2022

Decisions, decisions, decisions...!

Decision-making has always been one of my worst things. Choosing to read this article today was one of the better ones: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20220627&instance_id=65116&nl=the-morning&regi_id=59481346&segment_id=96890&te=1&user_id=8608bdb29cfaa859469ba5cd238706d8 I believe that the most important thing we, as souls, come here to the physical world/classroom to learn, is how to make decisions. It is the whole... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 21, 2022

The Well of Souls

This term appeared in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK as the secret resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. But it means something else to me. Imagine that before a spirit is strong enough, personal enough, to have outer edges, when it is without a body to inhabit, it exists as part of a whole comprised of all-soul, undefined as cat or bird or crab or... whatever form it lived in or will live in. This is what I call the well of souls. This goes along with the idea that souls evolve. They begin simply... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Why Pets?

I have a dog for a while. It's Milo who will be going with me to pick up Charlie in a little while. Charlie's housemate brought him over just now, and he's very interested in whatever might be edible around here. Milo does not need more food. He is not a thin puppy, as he used to be. It's no favor to him to indulge his desire for snacks and leftovers. His treat today will be going for a nice long ride, and reclaiming his Favorite Person. Years ago, when I was training to be more aware of and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

We don't know as much as we like to think we do.

My dad once said, "I don't need faith, I've got knowledge!" I think it was a response to my asking him to have a little faith in me. It was, however, his scientist-mindset all around. Scientists seek knowledge, or as close as they can get to something they can claim as knowing. At the same time, true scientists know they never know enough to say more than, "It looks like this is true with the information we have and the tests we can make." Real science is always ready to accept its own... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

And now for a rather different view of Reality...

https://youtu.be/UfZUFswYGCI Mummenschanz came to Olympia, WA when we all still lived there, and we were there in the audience. It was marvelous! If you ever get the chance to see them live, I highly recommend spending whatever the tickets cost! Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Widening Awareness

It's not easy, being human. It's damn hard living with emotions, impossible to live a full life without them. From this point of view, looking at the Universe from a wider-than-physical place, it all looks kinda different, though. This is the power of being able to see more widely than just as a body. Imagine a person as something layered, not like a target, but like a planet. At the core is our physical self, but that is surrounded by zones of mental and emotional goings-on, and further... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Learning better, doing better

What bugs me about a lot of animal lovers is how much they hate and despise one particular animal: Human beings. In some circles, it is positively a PC thing, to deplore other people, but I suggest that it is not humans that are inherently despicable, that many are worthy and capable stewards of the natural world. There are good hearts and great hearts, and though we all have done and do deplorable things, it is very likely true that any creature with as much freedom from instinct as Homo... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

En-joy!

The word 'enjoy' is a kind of passive verb, an instruction to feel joy, to find joy in... whatever. I suggest it need not be passive, but assertive: To en-joy is to fill a thing, a person, a circumstance, with joy. Like 'enchant' or 'enhance,' it is a verb of doing rather than just receiving. It is not just a feeling, an emotion, but an action. In writing, it is the hyphen that distinguishes it from the passive state; in speaking, a fragment of a beat between the syllables that we are used to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

"Is religion a good or bad thing for the world?"

That's the question posted over on Facebook. This is my response: There is going to be religion, regardless. The distinction between religion and spiritual connection, is the same as the difference between packaging and content. Youngsters love the shiny package, the glamor of ritual and the comfort of believing someone knows better than they do what's real, what's important, what's going on. They have faith in the package-wrappers. They enjoy the strength of congregation, the feeling it gives... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Randomness that could have been posted anywhere...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKbT59RCLgs This was my best Christmas present! Sign in to see full entry.

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