An Unusual Reason for Not Wearing a Mask

It’s hard to find a more emotional topic than “to mask” or “not to mask” as most people consider it a life and death issue. I can’t remember talking with anyone who was on the fence or undecided. And many people struggle with tolerating people who make the other decision.

I have also learned that, among my non-medical friends, I have unusual reasoning behind my choice, so I will share that here in case it’s interesting or helpful to you. If you’ve been reading a while, you might guess that it’s grounded in my dark night journey. Continue reading “An Unusual Reason for Not Wearing a Mask”

Why I Rarely Listen to Popular Music

You may have noticed that the lion’s share of popular songs is about romantic love, whether rock, pop, folk, R&B, or other. For much of my life, I sang along with them, lamenting my own string of romantic windmills. The fact that I’d studied the development of romantic French literature and psychology did little to dissuade my own desire for the romantic ideal that pervades popular songs. The beloved is presented as an object to be adored, sought, kept, rejected, or hated, all too oft in that order. It’s a preoccupation of songwriters (and song buyers ;^), seemingly regardless of language or culture.

Then my Dark Night process changed everything. One of its surprising side effects has been a transformation of what I experienced as “love.” I love much more intensely than ever, but it’s a completely different thing than it was before, and here I’ll try to explain it in case it is helpful to you. Continue reading “Why I Rarely Listen to Popular Music”

Unpacking the Hidden Power of Curiosity

I have learned that being curious is one of the most powerful and overlooked forces that a person can have, at least I have noticed how it makes a huge difference in my life. It enables me to learn, to change, and to be present in my earthly and spirit lives. I have also noticed that curiosity increases intimacy in relationships because, along with observation, curiosity enables learning.

Most interesting of all is that anyone can increase his/her curiosity by following a few practices as I shall outline here. You can improve your relationships with people and groups of people, and your ability to learn new things. Continue reading “Unpacking the Hidden Power of Curiosity”

On Working and Money-Making

IMG_E9963One of the most perilous parts of my Dark Night process this year has been transforming my whole approach to work and money-making, and I’m excited to share it with you in case it helps you with the issue of money-making while you pursue your spirit-focused life mission. I have made many discoveries about work in the context of living my spiritual mission and some new possibilities that might help you, too. Continue reading “On Working and Money-Making”

The Body as Avatar

Yesterday I wrote about my growing practice of living in stereo by being present in earthly and spirit worlds simultaneously, and I suggested how Ego is tied to the body and earthly life, and how Ego grounds me in the earthly world and crowds out my connection to the spirit world. Here I will delve further into my relationship to my body—from a spirit perspective—in case it helps you to reconsider your relationship to your body and ego. I have created a lot of joy and freedom through these relationships. Continue reading “The Body as Avatar”

Ego and Universe

I approach Ego and Universe as a sort of balance, and my current context around “Ego” is mostly Jungian. So I use Ego to refer to the part of myself that is into survival, so he’s got a strong zero-sum perspective. He is “egocentric” in the classic sense. He is very personal, takes things personally. Life is all about him.

The universe is impersonal, vast, unknown, infinite. It contains all things that I can perceive and infinitely many things I cannot. I have found that I can create amazing joy by recognizing and appreciating Ego within the context of the universe. They seem to be opposite ends of a polarity. Continue reading “Ego and Universe”