The John Toland Ideological school of Pantheism needs to step off, sit down, and have a brief history lesson.
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.
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 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 are the timeless essence of Existence, expressing itself in time as you and me, him and her, this and that, giving each its own unique perspective of the Whole. The experience of the soul –perhaps the verb “souling,” however clumsy for its newness, is the clearest way to convey it– is to be uniquely aware of the the universality of this expression.
“So then, who are you? The organism is inseparable from its environment, so you are the organism-environment. You are no less than the whole universe. Each one of you is the universe expressed in the place you feel as here and now. So when you feel that you are a lonely, isolated, little stranger confrontingContinue reading “All Is Mind: A Fresh Look at Spinozan Panpsychism”
Poffo Ortiz –author, artist, philosopher, and resident Biopantheist– opens up about his background, history and life experiences in this “unofficial” autobiography. I’m an ex-Christian, one-time aspiring youth minister, with an extensive, self-taught knowledge in biblical studies, history, theology, psychology, philosophy, mythology, folklore, metaphysics and the occult. I also have a strong background in science, astronomyContinue reading “Fellow Inmates of the Asylum: Poffo Ortiz”