The Self as Symphonic Palimpsest

Self Portrait, by Oleg Shupliak

“I am a part of all that I have met” — Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson

“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, which go on pushing themselves throughout all time. ” — Cloud Atlas, 2012

Who am I?

I have written in…

The profound spiritual urges behind masculine and feminine sexuality

Love of Souls by Andrew Gonzalez

My love settles on top of me, his arms cradling my head. We kiss, and I feel him enter me. Both of us gasp at our joining, at how right it feels to be connected like this. He starts to move, and we are more than our mortal selves: we…

It doesn’t conflict with the movement for justice and equality

“This Too Shall Pass”, an artwork by Ecif

I’ve seen a spate of articles lately on how meditation, mindfulness and self-help are supposedly toxic and anti-progressive. According to Jessica Wildfire’s recent article (which inspired this article as a response), self-help represents a temporary band-aid for social ailments at best, and a privileged denial of reality at worst. While…

Feeling fully alive and at peace after ten years of suffering

Creator: Nirut Sangkeaw. Credit: nirutft — stock.adobe.com. Copyright: 24Novembers

From the age of seventeen to twenty-seven I suffered from an eating disorder that ruled my life. During that time it was a constant background static in my mind, that was playing over and between all my thoughts — an acute self-consciousness and self-criticism. …

Love transcends control in the Matrix’s latest reincarnation

This article contains spoilers for the film The Matrix Resurrections.

The Matrix Resurrections is the best film of 2021.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you might be surprised that I would give such unqualified high praise, given that it’s currently being review-bombed by a seemingly coordinated group of haters…

The illusion of “levelling up”

Screenshot from the Oculus VR game “Thumper”

“Logain: “I can hear them when I channel. All of them. Whispers of a thousand Dragons, a thousand lives I’ve lead. They’re teaching me how to do better this time. Isn’t this why the Wheel turns our spirits out again and again — to learn?“

Moiraine: “The Wheel doesn’t want…

Does the collective consciousness owe us anything?

“We hear much about His patience and forbearance and long-suffering: we hear nothing about our own, which much exceeds it” — Mark Twain

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Imagine for a moment, that the Universe we exist within is Conscious. If you prefer, you may call this “god”. And our universe may exist within a…

Lessons from the man with the seven second memory.

Excerpts from the diary of Clive Wearing, anterograde amnesiac

“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.” — Alan Watts

Clive Wearing is a man forced to live in an eternal present. After a brain…

Reverie

“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds” — Cloud Atlas

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