Consciousness Video Series: Episode 4: Ancient Beginnings to Modern Consciousness

Desc: Scientist leaving the world. Engraving c.1520. Allegorical representation of changes in medieval conception or interpretation of the heavens when it was thought that the world was flat ¥ Credit: [ The Art Archive As modern 21st century humans, we tend to focus more of our attention on our current epoch, and in some ways … Continue reading Consciousness Video Series: Episode 4: Ancient Beginnings to Modern Consciousness

In My Heart, In My Soul, and In My Mind

Burning the midnight oil trying to express some of my most personal thoughts on a typical late night writing session. As promised, my explorations and rummaging through the accumulated items surrounding my writing space have prompted me to consider a few additional important topics suggested by the review, and this week I veered off the … Continue reading In My Heart, In My Soul, and In My Mind

Jung’s Psychological Reflections at Year’s End

“Without consciousness there would, practically speaking, be no world, for the world exists for us only in so far as it is consciously reflected by a psyche.  Consciousness is a precondition of being. Thus the psyche is endowed with the dignity of a cosmic principle, which philosophically and in fact gives it a position co-equal … Continue reading Jung’s Psychological Reflections at Year’s End

Finding Meaning in the Winter Season

Once again, as the year winds down and the fullness of the winter season begins to take hold, we are presented with a whole range of considerations and expectations, which seem to appear typically at this time.  For me, this year has been as tumultuous as they come, and there is a flood of concerns … Continue reading Finding Meaning in the Winter Season

When The Path of Destiny Calls

We do not always choose to arrive on the path of destiny. We may avoid it at times it if we are determined to do so, but at some point, no matter how desperate we become or how clever we are, one way or another, the path will find us. Occasionally, if we are truly … Continue reading When The Path of Destiny Calls

Our Most Important Task

Since the very first behaviorally modern humans walked the Earth some 50,000 years ago, there has been an enhanced sophistication in their cognitive talents and an expansion of brainpower brought about by a gradually increased utilization of the human brain’s extraordinary architecture.  Fossil evidence of significantly more creative activities, like making tools out of bones, … Continue reading Our Most Important Task

A Writer’s Dilemma

MIDWAY upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.   Ah me! How hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear.   So bitter is it, death is … Continue reading A Writer’s Dilemma

Our True Nature

  “The Buddha taught that our true nature is emptiness- a lack of a permanent Self- and when this true nature is realized, the divine states of the Brahma-viharas - loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity- emerge.” “In the teachings of the great yoga masters, our true nature is Brahman, the universal soul, of which … Continue reading Our True Nature

Intelligence, Cognition, and Consciousness

  Conventional wisdom these days isn't much help when we look ahead to the future of life on earth, since life is fairly unconventional these days by most reckonings, and even what might previously have been described as common sense hardly seems common at all anymore. If there is any consolation to the currently prevailing … Continue reading Intelligence, Cognition, and Consciousness