Winter Pastoral: Chasing the Shade

There have been moments lately, where it seemed to me, that I, myself, have been chasing the shade.  Clearly, in the summertime, when it gets particularly hot, and the sun is particularly dangerous, we find ourselves moving our chairs so that they remain in the shade.  As the sun creeps up, we move the chairs … Continue reading Winter Pastoral: Chasing the Shade

Scientists and Spiritual Thinkers

While reviewing some material on the subject of science and spirituality recently, I encountered this article about meetings between Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, two individuals who I have admired for many years, and for some reason I did not ever encounter this information about their meetings. These two men were clearly on different paths, … Continue reading Scientists and Spiritual Thinkers

Consciousness Video Series: Episode 7: A Theory of Everything

This most recent effort in producing video content has been the most challenging of the series, for a number of reasons, and the software I'm using continues to provide a fair amount of aggravation as I worked at putting it all together, but I think the result is interesting enough considering the subject, in spite … Continue reading Consciousness Video Series: Episode 7: A Theory of Everything

Life’s Edges

During my recent sojourn into the wilderness, I took advantage of the opportunities provided by several days of inclement weather to catch up on reading a book by science journalist and Yale professor, Carl Zimmer, entitled “Life’s Edge.”  Several of my recent encounters with the natural world have brought the title of his book vividly … Continue reading Life’s Edges

Consciousness Video Series: Episode 6: Metaphor and the Inner Experience

While reviewing my personal journals this month, I was surprised to come across a lengthy account of a particularly intense episode during one of my ventures within, which I had set aside a few months ago.  I generally prefer to review my writing after some time has passed, as I frequently find the routine of … Continue reading Consciousness Video Series: Episode 6: Metaphor and the Inner Experience

Our Experience of Life

I recently presented a brief video episode about our experience of life, https://johns-consciousness.com/2022/03/26/consciousness-video-series-episode-3-experience-of-the-world/ and wanted to elaborate on the topic of our experiential awareness a bit, since there seems to be a fair amount of variation in the understanding of how our experience of life comes about. This is a fairly broad topic and I … Continue reading Our Experience of Life

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Every year as the weather becomes milder and the seasonal changes begin in the early spring, although I await with much anticipation to see the blossoming of all the greenery and flora around my modest home, I also have to consider the tasks of straightening up and clearing out of the overgrown plants and ivy … Continue reading Spiritual Spring Cleaning

A Moment of Zen: A Slice of Paradise

A few weeks ago, we were finally able to accept an invitation to spend a few days with friends in South Carolina, on Fripp Island, which is a "...six and a half square mile barrier island located along the Atlantic coast," according to Wikipedia. The Fripp Island Property Owners Association describes the island as a … Continue reading A Moment of Zen: A Slice of Paradise

Consciousness Video Series: Episode 5: Transcendence Intro

Universal Mind series. Background composition of human head and fractal clouds to complement your layouts on the subject of mind, dreams, thinking, consciousness and imagination The subject of transcendence as it relates to our subjective experience of consciousness is pretty broad in scope and complexity, and while it is one of the core issues when … Continue reading Consciousness Video Series: Episode 5: Transcendence Intro

Independent Lens: Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness

I recently encountered an amazingly good television presentation on the PBS station in my area called, "Independent Lens: Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness," and wanted to share some of my thoughts about it with my readers. While I naturally endeavor to present good quality video on this subject, the folks at PBS have really set a … Continue reading Independent Lens: Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness