The Accidental Self

Is who we become in life decided by chance, or by choice? Our genetic composition was determined when our parents (and all prior ancestors) selected mates, but these weren’t our decisions, so our stock of genes is a chance outcome as far as we’re concerned. Likewise, the quality of … Continue reading

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Befriending the Body Intelligent

Last year awakened me to my life’s purpose. A series of disappointments forced me to abandon paths that had seemed interesting but were not leading to my center. More clearly than ever, I saw how biology has always guided me. Every time … Continue reading

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The Empty Fullness of Life

One strain of meditative practice within Buddhism leads us to appreciation of emptiness. As we trace experience to its core, it dissolves before our eyes. This happens, for instance, in the psyche. Our sense of identity seems solid until we try to … 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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Nirvana, Now and Then

When one travels into the depths of creation, how does one describe where one has gone? Prose will fail. But before moving to poetry, I want to write an essay about what’s happened. This will solidify my memory and share … Continue reading

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My Poetic Imperative

Are there any grand ideas that haven’t already been expressed? It’s doubtful. Restating important notions can be valuable, but it’s seldom essential. At least, that’s the sentiment that led to my abandoning the great Universe as Mind project. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Reality for the Rest of Us

Lest anyone forget this writing project began as a ‘mental health blog,’ I must admit that for all my high-minded philosophy, I’ve lately been struggling. Last night I was literally shaking with agitation. I felt argumentative and was unkind to … Continue reading

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Praying for Selflessness

Prayer draws us near to our own souls. (Herman Melville) Last time, I made the point that, at their best, religions promote a state of mind that dethrones ego. This elevated mental configuration goes by many names: Christ-consciousness, non dual … Continue reading

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