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September 21, 2016

We all have a longing, no matter how unconscious it may be, to experience nature—trees, wilderness, bodies of water, mountain air, freedom unbound. Even if it’s just sitting on the front porch of the house that we work so hard to make livable and secure, often we want...

April 14, 2016

“Leaving the ordinary world” does not mean leaving it physically or shunning earthly life, it refers to a state of mind. The body is like a lotus root and the mind is like the lotus blossom. The root is in the mud, but the blossom is in the air. People who attain the T...

January 30, 2016

One type of dream that is important to people who know they are in the final stage of life is the predictive dream. Everyone is interested in dreams that foretell what will happen in the future, but it’s especially poignant when a dying person dreams of his or her own...

October 2, 2015

Nothing, Lucilius, is ours, except time. We were entrusted by nature with the ownership of this single thing, so fleeting and slippery that anyone who will can oust us from possession. What fools these mortals be! They allow the cheapest and most useless things, which...

June 25, 2015

Just as our mental and physical energies are always moving between states of expansion and contraction, or activity and rest, the world around us, and in fact the whole universe, is doing the same. Everything changes. In every moment, everything is changing in some way...

March 17, 2015

I’d like to share with you a meditative practice that I’ve been using for a few months. It’s a form of contemplation that I call the Portal Jewel practice.

My inspiration came from a dream in which I was a monk sitting in a cave with other monks, hooded in sackcloth, ea...

January 15, 2015

Initially, most of our beliefs about everything in life come from our family. Our parents teach and unconsciously mold us by their behaviors and dictums from the day we are born, until we start school and may learn conflicting beliefs from other students and teachers....

October 31, 2014

The practice of meditation is found in all religions throughout the world, and has been a subject of scientific investigation for many years. There has been so much written about meditation recently that it can be confusing. Since Alan Watts popularized Buddhism in the...

October 24, 2014

This description from Michael Crichton’s novel, Sphere, surpasses all the psychological and scientific descriptions of the imaginative function. Think about the profound truth in his writing:

On your planet you have an animal called a bear. It is a large animal, sometim...

October 14, 2014

Everything changes. Again. And again. This is a primary law of nature. One of the most paradoxical aspects of human existence is that we start out in life believing that we can control or stop unwanted change—If I’m a good girl, life will be the way I want it. If I fol...

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I was asked to translate this piece, and found parts of
it enlightening. I hope you will too.

Preface to Carlos Castaneda’s The Te...


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