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This Side of Paradise and the Unexamined Self

Spock and Leila Kalomi

Last night I watched an old Star Trek original series episode that had come to mind: “This Side of Paradise“. The story in it always intrigued me: artificial happiness and the cult-like dramatic conflict when the agricultural lifestyle colonists encounter the Star Trek crew, as well as the entertainment value of what happens with the…

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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

Pine Moon image

This article is not about showing you how not to do spiritual bypassing (or telling someone else how not to do it) but will make a case that the concept has very limited usefulness. I hope to communicate the fact that it’s a term we would do better to replace with something more useful and…

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Notes on Prophets, Mystics, Sages, Philosophers and All That Good Stuff

Last night I watched an entertaining musical from the 70’s, Jesus Christ Superstar. I saw it when I was a kid. Very enjoyable music and great lyrics. Then for something less dramatic and more meditative before bed, I read some of The Gospel of Thomas until I got sleepy. (http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gthlamb.html) My reflections this morning: In…

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Love and Freedom Cannot Be Separated

  Freedom and love can’t be separated.  By “freedom” is meant true inner freedom, and by “love” is meant impersonal love, the nondual living truth, not human love.  A lack of love and freedom is experienced as darkness, pain and suffering.  But if love and freedom is who are, then how can there be a…

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