The part is not the whole…but it also isn’t *not* the thing of which it is a part. As Alan Watts is so often quoted in pantheist circles as saying, “A wave is a function of what the entire ocean is doing,” and so is the feather of a duck. If you point at a duck’s feather, you are also pointing at the duck that grew it as part of its body. Your ability to isolate your attention on the feather does not remove it from its natural context of duckness.
In 2014, JP worked with a small local publisher to put out his debut novel, a semi-autobiographical tale called “Birding in the Face of Terror.” Let’s just say that no part of the publishing process went as planned, and by late 2016 their relationship had ended, their contract was voided, and JP’s urge to publish was crushed.
Fiction. Paperback, 334 pages, apx 65,000 words. $20 via ND Media Bookstore ($30 for author signed copy); $18.95 via Amazon or Barnes and Noble E-book, $2.99 via Apple Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Book Locker. Release date: April 15, 2022 “Be humble for you are made of stardust; be noble for you areContinue reading “The Peasant and the King”
All religions are discussions amongst frogs in various wells about this mythic place of limitless water called the Ocean.
I only needed one mango to get the experience of Mango, so I chose one. I don’t need to eat all 20 of them to know that they taste of Mango, and I’m sure they’re all delicious because they come from the same source.
I’ll be honest. Sometimes it really sucks to be a pantheist. Not when I’m in my own company, mind you, nor in that of most other people. In fact, the sucking really just occurs when I’m trying to have a serious conversation in the simultaneous midst of two particular groups of people: theists and atheists.Continue reading “A Pantheist Takes On the Problem of Evil”
Part Three Q: Fine. But what’s this “Next Age” thing all about? Are you holding yourselves out as prophets or something? Absolutely not. This has always been and always will be a strictly non-prophet organization. But we are hopeful that certain things will come to pass in the future. Philosophers are forward-thinkers by nature. Give usContinue reading “FAQ: “Global Spirituality for the Next Age,” s’up with that?”
Part 2 Q: OK, what about “spirituality?” Doesn’t this imply belief in supernatural beings and other tales of woo? It can, but it needn’t. Spirituality can also be the metaphysical study of reality as a non-dual experience, consistent with observable patterns of Nature. Our premise is that: 1) There is a basic truth to theContinue reading “FAQ: “Global Spirituality for the Next Age,” s’up with that?”
In April 2017, a collective of space enthusiasts and provocateurs calling themselves the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) launched a weather balloon with a camera and a message for the current president of the United States of America. Billed as the “first protest in space,” it was intended to speak against the administration’s proposed budgetContinue reading “The Dual Overview Effect of Pantheism”
We need God to exist because we do not recognize Existence itself. We need a name for the Nameless, a form for the Formless, or we lose track of the fact that everything is nameless and formless. To understand eternity, we need a concept for an Inside that has no outside, a Presence that hasContinue reading “The Illusionist”