I have no other self than the totality of things of which I am aware.The Way of Zen, Alan Watts Who was the self I felt hibernating inside me during that one centering prayer session, then? The vast, unaffected, deeply-rooted soul who felt like a stranger, who saw things I couldn't see, but I nevertheless … Continue reading The self untethered from time.
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.