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 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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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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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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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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The Inner Life of a Cosmos

What makes human life so hard? Is it merely the inevitability of pain, loss, and death? If we suffer only because of physical hardship, we are no worse off than other life forms. Everything that lives faces damage and demise, … 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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