They say that what you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for the rest of your year. Well, I woke up this morning in pain and confusion (fighting off a monster cold with every symptom in the book) but managed to drug myself up with enough DayQuil + ibuprofen to feel human again. … Continue reading Hello, 2019.
I've been looking for ravens for awhile. Normally, on my way into work, I spot a murder or two of crows. They're everywhere in Colorado, but I love seeing them anyway; ever since reading John Crowley's magnificent Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, my default fondness for them has multiplied. But ravens? They've … Continue reading Change.
When the mind is brought to stillness, and all our strategies of acquisition have dropped, a deeper truth presents itself: we are and have always been one with God and we are all one in God (John 17:21). The marvelous world of thoughts, sensation, emotions, and inspiration, the spectacular world of creation around us, are … Continue reading Weather.
As someone who's come around to the idea of the universe being one grand, impossibly complex web of energy exchanges (thanks, quantum physics) – and also someone who believes that God is speaking all the time, through nature and people and stories and symbols – the art of tarot has recently begun to fascinate me. … Continue reading First reading.
Last weekend, I rewatched Donnie Darko. I can confirm that it hasn't just held up in the 12 years or so since I first saw it; it's gotten better. As I pulled up the obligatory articles post-movie to remind myself (and explain to our friends) who the Manipulated Dead and Manipulated Living are and what the heck … Continue reading Creating narrative space.
Yesterday, I ordered the New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha (1) and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven's Prophecy Tarot cards (2) for my birthday. I also started reading Eknath Easwaran's brilliant translation of The Upanishads (3). At the same time, I've (predictably) been tearing through Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem (4). I feel like these things, taken together, form a pretty accurate cross-section … Continue reading A waypoint.
May the soul always cultivate her intention not to be vanquished. If the spirit of evil sees that she is willing to lose her life, her tranquility, and everything else that it can offer rather than return to the first dwelling, it will soon give up on her. Let the soul be strong and not … Continue reading Fighting for consciousness.