The Pokey Finger of God

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Illumination Spotlight: Psychic Arts

November 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Illumination Spotlight: Psychic Arts · Illuminations, metaphysics, ritual

Human mental and sensory facilities are rarely developed to their natural limits of complexity and depth. People today normally use only a small percentage of their total mental capacity: often only in a simple, blunt way; all but isolated from their own perceptions. While we may flatter ourselves that we are the apex of human […]

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Worship the Place Where You Live

October 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on Worship the Place Where You Live · Illuminations, ritual

I © Austin I moved to Austin nearly twenty years ago because I had fallen in love with the city. I loved the river, the trees, the humidity, and the way the place is with dense with life without being too thick with people. Many residents I have met feel this way: I certainly understand […]

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Meditation Class

August 19th, 2005 · Comments Off on Meditation Class · Illuminations, metaphysics

Meditation is a natural state of mind that we unconsciously achieve many times each day. The practice of meditation consists of the exercise of deliberately inducing this state of mind in order to gain the benefits of a mind at rest. Cultures and religions around the world revere meditation as the keystone of spiritual practice. […]

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Hail Eris!

December 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Hail Eris! · ritual

It has been something of a tradition with my wife and I to hang a small bell on the rear-view mirror of our car. She started the habit of ringing a bell whenever we pass a carcass on the road as a way of blessing the passing of whatever animal it had been. We like […]

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Religion & Politics

July 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on Religion & Politics · history, media

Over the last few years, there seems to be more public arguments over the place of religion in politics. Lawsuits have been filed to move monuments inscribed with Biblical text from public grounds, and more recently, the phrase “under God” in the pledge has come under attack. The phrase “separation of Church and State” is […]

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Prophecy Lite

June 2nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Prophecy Lite · culture, media, metaphysics, ritual

Claiming to be “the Christian Voice in the Nation’s Capital,” the [Apostolic Congress] members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon’s […]

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Ho-ho, Ho

December 4th, 2003 · Comments Off on Ho-ho, Ho · culture, media, ritual

Every year around this time, you can count on more than a few self-righteous individuals to start complaining that the ‘real meaning of Christmas (TM)’ has been subverted in our rush to consumerism, hedonism, gluttony, and general frivolity. Cal Thomas penned just such a rant a few days ago. [My apologies for the link, it […]

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Questions from a seeker: 3

November 16th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker: 3 · metaphysics, ritual

Q: How can I make the “leap of faith” to accept someone else’s religion? Suspension of disbelief is a handy tool to use when examining religion. This is the same tool used when you watch action movies or Star Trek that allows you to enjoy it without getting all twisted up about the goofy science. […]

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Questions from a seeker 1

September 8th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker 1 · metaphysics, ritual

Dear Seeker — You ask: First of all, why is “god” called various names — I’ve seen “El Shaddai”, “Yaweh”, and “God” multiple times. Are they all referring to the same god, or is there an implication of other gods or parts of God? First of all, the term “god” is an ancient gothic construct […]

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Concept of Religion

July 27th, 2003 · Comments Off on Concept of Religion · Illuminations, metaphysics, ritual

These ideas eventually led me to the understanding that religion is an internal process utilized to deal with events and activities outside of one’s own control. Said another way, religion is a set of entirely subjective ideas and experiences with little to no objective reality with which to relate it. Whether you get it from your grandmother, or a book, the McChurch in your neighborhood or the Buddhist temple, only the pieces that you internalize actually become a part of your religion.

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