Living to Learn

Why bother? Anyone who has ever been seriously depressed has confronted a question like this. What does life offer in exchange for all the pain, disappointment, betrayal, and loss? Why endure such suffering? Every spiritual tradition attempts to provide answers. … Continue reading

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Opening, Revisited

For years I’ve suffered abdominal pain and fatigue, which in recent months have been getting worse. The pain, at least, is traceable to a vascular anomaly near my pancreas. Surgery could correct this faulty pattern of blood flow. Since the … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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Branching Awareness

Ideas multiply. Sometime back I tried my hand at explaining Relational Frame Theory, the grounding philosophy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Although the subtleties of the theory escaped me, it was easy to grasp that word associations proliferate rapidly. The … Continue reading

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How Dare I?

In writing about a so-called Cosmic Mind, am I saying anything new? Not really. Consider what these essays aim to establish: the plausibility of a mind-like awareness that coexists and coincides with material reality. My hope is to reassure receptive … Continue reading

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Losing Heart, and Finding It

If the universe cares about us, it does so in ways we don’t understand. This isn’t a flaw in the cosmos. The difficulty lies in our misinterpretation of both our selves and our surroundings, what the Eastern traditions call maya, … Continue reading

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Think, Feel, Act?

Here’s a question: Does opinion matter? Of course! We all act as if our own judgments have value and as if the judgments of others have import. I believe my political views are correct, my social appraisals accurate, and my … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die?

We suffer for our ideas. Here are some of the concepts that can make me miserable: “I haven’t lived up to my potential;” “I don’t have enough friends;” “I’ll be alone in old age;” “No one takes me seriously.” These … Continue reading

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No News Is Good News

Democracy depends on the public staying in tune with current events. However, the volume of news is now so great that no one can remain truly informed about every matter of importance. So although I acknowledge an ethical responsibility to … Continue reading

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The Soul’s Affliction

I’ve been interested lately in what happens when we as humans take offense. Let’s say someone does something we perceive as immoral or abusive or otherwise wrong. My working example has been how Dick Cheney, while vice president, may have … Continue reading

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