Unproductive, and Proud of It

As the days shorten, I’ve been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily. It doesn’t help to live … 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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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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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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Maturation of the Mind

There is a state of mind, known to religious men, but to no others, in which the … time of tension in our soul is over, and that of happy relaxation, of calm, deep breathing, of an eternal present, with … 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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Where next?

Recent posts have, I hope, demonstrated big changes in my mindset and stability. A profound awakening lifted me out of my rut and set me on a new path. But where is this new road headed? For the past thirty … 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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