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Friday, March 17, 2017

Science!

April 22, Earthday, there will be a gathering here in Colorado Springs to honor Science. Science and scientists have taken something of a battering in the US over the past several years, over the topic of climate change particularly, but also generally. Some people really don't understand what science is and is not. They have not really considered the sources of the many benefits of scientific endeavor that enrich their lives, but seem to think it is a hostile force, attempting to disprove... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Person of Faith

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, February 11, 2017

Push the Button

Reality can be very forgiving: We can go for years, even lifetimes believing something that isn't true simply because our belief never gets tested against Reality. Much of what we believe is inconsequential--until that day when it matters a lot whether we have it right or not. Because when it comes down to it, Reality doesn't care what anyone believes. "It's not what I don't know that gets me in trouble, it's what I know that just ain't so." I believe that was said by Will Rogers. I could be... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Physics, Quantum Physics, and Paraphysics

The model of Reality that fits with my beliefs is not unique nor original with me. I couldn't say who proposed it in any formal terms, but I do know that it is basic to many cultural world-views: The Dreamtime of Australian aboriginal peoples is a great example of what I am now calling the Paraphysical Reality. The model is visually, two-dimensionally like an archery target, composed of concentric rings. The central core represents the physical universe in which reality is defined by... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Of Multiple Lives

Other Lives I would not live forever in a single suit of clothes. I would not care to memorize forever each stain and tear or keep track of every button lost. Thankfully, I forget from time to time, the progress and the passage and the passages through which I wend my way... The details of hard lessons, happily, escape me. It is enough, the thing I learned and moving on. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Intuition

Intuition... That's the awareness that seems to come out of nowhere, a feeling of a truth so strong you're willing to believe it. Unless, subtle as it is, you ignore it. In fact, it is the voice of the subconscious mind. Where the conscious mind is logical, linear and verbal, there may be no apparent logic to how we come to an intuited truth. The subconscious gathers up information from sources we are not even aware of noticing, and it assembles all those bits into whole pictures before we ever... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

More on Tarot

I mentioned how many different versions of Tarot cards there are... There are also other kinds of divination cards that may or may not strictly speaking be called Tarot. A deck that someone read for me once was quite different. It was at the Rainbow Gathering in Washington's Okanagon region about 20 years ago. They were called Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards. The cards are square, and divided diagonally each way to form 4 quarters, each full of symbols. When they are laid out side by side,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Speaking of Tarot...

The Tarot cards come in many forms but basically the same format: the 'minor arcana' which are the basic suits that looks like a playing-card deck but with the addition of the Page, before the Knight of each suit; the 'major arcana' which is comprised of 22 individually named cards. The minor cards are generally interpreted as matters, events, and influences affecting the daily life, the present lifetime of the subject. Staves or Wands (clubs in the playing deck) focus on life itself; Hearts are... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reading the Cards

There is a new blogger in our midst, who is focusing her writing on the Tarot. http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/SummerReas/ I read the cards years ago, finding I had the knack when I was in college, around the age of 18. The classic deck, the one called the Waite Deck, was designed in the 1800s with medieval images and symbols. There are many decks: Some are new artistic renderings of the classic symbols, others are based on other symbologies. Each card is a picture and each picture... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

In the end, nothing material is real.

Imagine what we'd think if we watched a monkey in the zoo going to extraordinary lengths to get control of all the bananas. Grabbing all the bananas it can, snatching them from other monkeys, using tricks to get them and hide them, biting anyone who tries to take one, or keep one... Fear of future hunger drives this distorted mentality that is blind and deaf to anyone else's needs or happiness. It is an illness, a dysfunction, and it applies to all kinds of fears rooted in s urvival: animal... Sign in to see full entry.

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