My Refuge in Reality

Anyone who has followed my writings, however sporadically, has witnessed my maturation. As I review essays written over six years, it seems clear my tone has grown less competitive, more accepting, less self-centered, and more compassionate. This budding of genuine adulthood has proceeded … Continue reading

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The End of WillSpirit?

Don’t be alarmed. Although my body will be undergoing major surgery in less than a week, this post’s title does not reflect a morbid fear. I’m confident the outcome will be successful, and I look forward to freedom from the … 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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A Thinking Universe?

The tactic introduced last time, of looking to human minds for insights into the Cosmic Mind, is interesting as far as it goes. But it doesn’t go very far unless we’re persuaded that: a) the cosmos is indeed a mind; … Continue reading

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What Rules On High?

If the universe is a mind, as so many posts have promised this series will demonstrate, what implications does this have for religion? Do we believe in God? Do we not believe in God? If I build a plausible case … Continue reading

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Try, Try Again

Those visitors who expressed reservations about the finality of my spiritual enlightenment had just cause for concern. For two weeks after my supposed awakening, a newfound clarity made life easy and rewarding. Thoughts of helping seemed natural, and I enjoyed … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Self

In one of those strange and common coincidences, after completing the last post about altruism I came across someone else’s discussion of the exact same issue. The late Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan, published Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors … Continue reading

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The Rational Wings of Faith

After my recent taste of awakening, the mystical seems thoroughly mixed with the mundane. Even ‘secular’ mental health topics now lead me beneath the masonry of structured thought. It has become obvious that everything ordinary is a bit magical, and … Continue reading

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