Archive for August 2011


August 25, 2011

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.–Gandhi

Big changes usually come as a result of the accumulation of many small decisions, many small results. Moreover, it is important to act, it is important to use our gifts but we must not make too much of the results positive or negative. So, act but keep your expectations small. Learn from the results, but don’t take them too seriously.



August 24, 2011

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.–Franklin

It’s easy enough to read this as a somewhat cynical commentary on the human condition. And maybe it is. In fact all of us have dark places within us where we throw our personal garbage, the stuff we’d rather not acknowledge about ourselves. This lets us pretend to be something else, something better.

The psychological term for the person we pretend to be is Persona, the other stuff is called Shadow. Shadow is where our personal demons hide. The thing is, we keep angels there too and because of our fear, the light of those angels is lost to us, so is the energy that drives our demons.


August 23, 2011

The Tree of Knowledge was forbidden to us because we were not yet ripe. We were too green to digest the wisdom required to use our knowledge properly.–a still small voice from within

This is a description of Logos from the perspective of Mythos. Logos has the potential to grant godlike powers to humanity. It is not at all clear that we have the wisdom to properly use such powers. Okay, that’s an understatement; it’s pretty clear we don’t. The threat of nuclear annihilation has eased somewhat, but we have other ways of destroying earth’s capacity to sustain life. We haven’t dealt with greenhouse gasses much less the enormous burden of human overpopulation. I’m not sure that we will.


August 22, 2011

I never learned anything while I was talking.–Larry King

True enough on the other hand if that’s all you do shared learning is impossible. In fact talking and listening is a Polarity. A Polarity is a bit like a tug of war with a mud pit between the sides.

But there’s key difference, in a Polarity there are mud pits behind the contestants as well as between them.

If either side “wins” both sides end up in the mud. In this situation a side “wins” whenever an individual talks but never listens or listens but never talks. Note: listening only in order to respond is not listening. Communication only happens when all involved listen and talk.

See page: “What is Polarity and Why Should I Care?”


August 21, 2011

We experience the kingdom of heaven by living in the hand of God (rather than by taking life into our own hands).–me

The question is how. I believe we do this by taking responsibility our actions and how we experience the results, but not for actual outcomes. To me this is the intent behind Karma Yoga as well as the Islamic concept inshallah. We are responsible for our actions, for acting in ways that are likely to produce good outcomes. But results come from God, this is the meaning of inshallah (as God wills so be it). We are also responsible for how we experience the outcomes, gratitude for the good ones, learning from the bad ones.

For more, see the Holding on to Happiness Page.

Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity: Did God Create the Universe?” A Study in Dubious Logos

August 20, 2011

I watched the program a week or so ago. It was interesting enough until it reached the final conclusion which went something like:

Time didn’t exist until the Universe began. Therefore, God couldn’t have created the universe.

To me this is utter nonsense. It’s not the God part that bothered me it’s the crappy logic. They are saying:

Causation cannot exist independent of time and therefore God could not have created the universe (caused it to begin). But in the next breath they assert that the physical laws of the universe are sufficient to explain existence. That is the Universe was caused by the action of physical laws.

Ya can’t have it both ways guys. If God can’t have caused the universe because causation did not exist until the universe existed then physical laws could not have caused the universe for the very same reason.

In order for physical laws to cause the universe they need to have some form of existence beyond our universe. The universe would need to be embedded a larger system that included the physical laws. Similarly, in order for God to cause the universe God would need to have some form of existence beyond our universe. Not exactly a giant leap in theology involved in that…

Note: I’m not saying God created the universe, I’m saying the summary argument presented at the conclusion of the program was absurd.

I had though maybe I’d just heard wrong until I found the quote from the program by Stephen Hawking shown in the comment below.


August 20, 2011

Form is no other than Emptiness, Emptiness no other than form.–Heart Sutra.

In emptiness there are no boundaries. In the world of form, our world, there appear to be myriad boundaries. These are an illusion, or rather a failure to see the connections between all things. See: