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. …

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…

Moving up and down the spectrum with every decision

Detail from Existence by Android Jones

Human beings are always changing. We are different beings, minute to minute. Moment to moment. It is the reality of living as a biological organism.

On a physical level, our brains haven’t changed structure for at least 13 000 years. But although cavemen had the same brains as we do…

Reverie

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

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