FAQ: “Global Spirituality for the Next Age,” s’up with that?

Part One Q: What do you mean by “Global?” We mean exactly what “catholic” means according to the dictionary: cath·o·licˈ (kaTH(ə)lik); adjective; including a wide variety of things; all-embracing. “Her taste in literature is pretty catholic, as she likes most genres.” synonyms: universal, diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, liberal, latitudinarian; Origin: from Greek katholikos ‘universal,’Continue reading “FAQ: “Global Spirituality for the Next Age,” s’up with that?”

Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman–Part One, Ch 3: The Road of Excess

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country,Continue reading “Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman–Part One, Ch 3: The Road of Excess”

Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman–Part One, Ch 2: Ego is to Self as Money is to Wealth

In a reader’s comment to the the first chapter of this series, it was pointed out that hyperindividualism, though a pre-existing term, has little by way of an established, consensus definition. In her words: “In one article, the word ‘hyperindividualism’ was used to argue that excessive protections of individual rights have led to mass shootings becauseContinue reading “Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman–Part One, Ch 2: Ego is to Self as Money is to Wealth”

Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman — Part One, Ch 1: Staring Down the Crisis of Hyperindividuality (and not blinking)

With cognitive skills unsurpassed in the Terran biosphere, humanity represents the local crest of an evolutionary wave of subjective, individuated awareness within the ocean of Life. We are by far the most refined apertures through which the universe can know and study itself, at least in our neck of the cosmic woods. This wave, however,Continue reading “Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman — Part One, Ch 1: Staring Down the Crisis of Hyperindividuality (and not blinking)”

An Apple Pie From Scratch: Demystifying Mysticism

I’m going to let you folks in on an important secret about mysticism. This is long overdue and crucial to the development of our species and both its religions and sciences, so I hope you will pay very close attention and try to really grok the distinction between what I am going to say andContinue reading “An Apple Pie From Scratch: Demystifying Mysticism”

Why Ricky Gervais is a Dangerous Fundamentalist

I have a long history of being annoyed by Ricky Gervais, going back way before I saw this meme — but only in his chosen context as a commentator on religion, not his animal rights activism nor his show business persona. I think he’s a comic genius, and I have always loved his work onContinue reading “Why Ricky Gervais is a Dangerous Fundamentalist”

Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy

by JP I will let Wikipedia handle the finer details of Aldous Huxley’s biography, and stick with the themes most pertinent to our inquiry. Though most famous for his early satirical and pacifist writing (“Brave New World” being his signature work), and later for his pioneering experiments in opening “the doors of perception” through conscientiousContinue reading “Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy”