It’s funny how I always find myself back at the beginning. I started my spiritual path as a Buddhist and Taoist, which gradually evolved into New Age Spirituality, and eventually Eclectic Paganism–but it always game back Buddha’s Middle Way. Well, actually, I wouldn’t say it’s a strictly Buddhist thing–the essential philosophy of Middle Way is that of balance, or … More Inner Knowing vs Practical Doing [Part One]
I always stress the importance of “awareness”–but could that just be laziness? It seems to me I have achieved little in action; all I do is blog about stuff. I rant, I express, I talk about how I feel and what I’ve learned about the world–be it social issues, spirituality, God, gender, homosexuality, the human … More The Kinds of Activism
When someone else is lovingly aware of us (not of their judgement or desires regarding us, but simply of us as we are), we can experience the outer expression of their love. We can see the way they are looking at us, the smile on their face, and the responsiveness of their reactions to us. … More Love Is Awareness
What is “love”? The word itself, with all its connotations and stereotypes, begs to be defined and redefined. It’s within our nature to want to understand love–I mean, who doesn’t want to be loved? An aspect of love consists of the following. I suppose you can call it the conventional love: A boyfriend of girlfriend … More The Romantic Mumbo-Jumbo
Love is not what we think it is. Excerpts from “This Is That: Essays About True Nature” by Nirmala Love is both simpler and more mysterious and subtle than we have imagined it to be. Love is very simply the spacious, open attention of our awareness. Awareness itself is the gentlest, kindest, and most intimate force in … More “Love Is for Giving, Not for Getting”
So I’m reading “Bending God: A Memoir” by Eric Robison. 1. To be honest the narrative/autobiographical portion of the book isn’t all that interesting. I find my self reading one “Hey what’s up, man? Hey What’s up?” scene after another. It’s a little bit unnecessarily detailed and unengaging, because you get lost in the narrator’s meticulously … More Bending God: Part I
1. God is not male. 2. God is not female. 3. God is not human, therefore cannot be gendered. 4. God is not Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, or Catholic. 5. God is not human, therefore cannot be religious. 6. God is not a collection of ideas or doctrines. 7. God is a collection of ideas or doctrines. 8. God … More What is “God”?
A seeker, 1. searches for the truth, whether it be personal truth, emotional truth, fundamental truth, universal truth, or spiritual truth. The real truth cannot be lesser, because truth just is, and it can only become more than what it already is through conscious and comprehensive expansion 2. questions, considers, examines, deciphers, experiences and grows 3. looks … More The Way of a Seeker