How the Universe looks from here

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Eden: Abandonment and Loss

In the previous post, I wrote about the 'abandoment of Eden' as the time in which our human intellect outpaced and replaced instinct as our primary means of interacting with the world around us, particularly the physical world. I have suggested that choosing intellect and self-reliance was something to be celebrated, not to be ashamed of. But then, perhaps striding willingly, willfully out of Eden also cost us something. In that time, while we remained animals in form, our minds took us into a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's all in the framing

Tradition has it that Adam and Eve, tempted by Satan-as-serpent, ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and so were cast out of the Paradise that was Eden. Hence, the doctrines of the Fall of Man and Original Sin are justified. I say, they were framed! How a thing is framed in assumptions of what's the truth behind and around that thing determines how it is understood: the truth of the matter is based on those particular assumptions which themselves are strengthened and made... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Universe Seen In-Flight

Remember the Rainbow Guy who flipped out over a double rainbow? This guy is not that guy... but he is just as thrilled to see a show put on by Nature. You might want to turn the sound down a bit, but appreciate that he's a professional astronomer seeing a rare phenomenon in a unique way, that he didn't expect this treat, that he actually got the pilot to alter a commercial flight plan in order to see it and to share it with everyone else on the flight. It i s a guy named Joe Rao who was a friend... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's Revolutions

“Most of us need to be reminded that we are good, that we are lovable, that we belong. If we knew just how powerfully our thoughts, words, and actions affected the hearts of those around us, we’d reach out and join hands again and again. Our relationships have the potential to be a sacred refuge, a place of healing, and awakening. With each person we meet, we can learn to look behind the mask and see the one who longs to love and be loved. We can remember to say our blessings out loud.” ―Tara... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

We are stardust, we are music...

The whole of Reality is a great swirl of energies that can be perceived by human beings as light or sound or imagery; experienced as physical, mental/emotional, spiritual. We can feel, believe, and very rarely, know. We have so many means of exploration and discovery: science, meditation... All these words barely touch Reality, are totally inadequate to comprehend or convey the totality. We are so limited in every way, like kindergarteners with an instinct for physics but lacking the conscious... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Just wondering...

I wonder... Wild animals don't subscribe to religions so they don't celebrate Christmas or other religious events on the calendar. If they do give special consideration to regular events, it would be the solstices of winter and summer, equinoxes of spring and fall. It would return of the rains, or ending of them, and seasons of flood or drought. Phases of the moon, maybe... And do they regard them with wonder, or even awe or respect? Do they take joy or comfort, or perhaps omen from the regular... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Non-Human Personhood

I wrote this in response to someone who objected to the term 'non-human' as if it differentiates us human people too much from other kinds of people. She prefers to think of us as 'just another animal' on the planet. Human beings do have attributes that, in combination, have allowed us to dominate life on this planet: hands and minds that can create technological solutions to the problems of living on Earth; intellect that gives us options as we create them, and freedom--when we choose to use... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Well, here is another lesson about pedestals and the placing of wobbly humans upon them. It's been tempting to see in this Pope all we could want a Pope to be, he has already said and done so many fine things! And this is me talking, who has never before found any usefulness in Popes. I don't care, can't care that he and I don't agree on everything. If he wants to spend a few minutes with the likes of someone I personally judge as unworthy of his attention, and more than likely to spin such... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mythological POV

It's fascinating to compare mythologies, that is to say, the stories of gods and goddesses and all their shenanigans that originated to explain how and why things are the way they are in the world--those things called Mysteries! How did we get here, and why? What are we meant to do? Why is there suffering, why is there evil, and how did they come to be? Every culture has asked pretty much the same questions, and often, their answers are maybe not the same, but equivalent. Just the roles are... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Growing Up

TODDLER’S RULES OF POSSESSION If I like it, it’s mine. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine. If I can take it from you, it’s mine. If I had it a while ago, it’s mine. If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in any way. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine. If I saw it first, it’s mine. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine. If it’s broken, it’s yours. (Anonymous) The human race is the sum... Sign in to see full entry.

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