On the inside of God’s face

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archetypes

‘Religious experience is absolute; it cannot be disputed. You can only say that you have never had such an experience, whereupon your opponent will reply: “Sorry, I have.” And there your discussion will come to an end.’ – Carl Gustav Jung, from Psychology and Religion Archetypal Psychology The psychology infusing the culture from where these pages are written is called Archetypal Psychology. Therefore, a central question is, ‘what are archetypes?’ Some say they are really no less than ‘the gods’ or different aspects of God. Others emphasise that they are ‘patterns for life and death from which all that exist are born’. That they pre-exist […]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter Ten

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Tao Te Ching Chapter Ten

Nurturing your body and your souls and embracing the One, can you avoid separation? Can you focus your energy and let your body relax, become supple like a newborn baby? Can you cleanse your inner vision and be without stain, and not throw out the Tao with it? Can you do these things without self-interest, so your emptiness glows from the depths?

Living by the sword

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soul-making

‘I want you to acknowledge that your anger is un-fucking-justified. I want you to acknowledge that he who fights by the sword, fucking dies by it, Tommy. … If you pull that trigger, right? You pull that trigger for a fucking honourable reason. Not like some fucking civilian that does not understand the wicked ways of our world, mate.’ – From Peaky Blinders, Season 3, Episode 6: Alfie Solomons speaking to Thomas Shelby as Shelby holds a gun to Solomons’s head, enraged at his betrayal which led to Shelby’s son having been abducted by mortal enemies. ‘The wicked ways of our world …’ Wish there […]

The unfathomable vastness of being

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Unfathomable vastness

‘You cannot discover the end of the soul, even if you travelled every road to do so, so deep is its meaning.’ – Heraclitus Our being in this world is a gateway for deepening into awareness of the vastness dwelling in existence. But who or what is this vastness? Who reside there? What is the presence we experience when we touch into it? What is this ‘place,’ this live source, this sacred river that flows inside the very essence of being? And how do we open to being deeply intimate with it, while avoiding being consumed by its sheer force? And, how do we maintain […]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter One

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The Tao

The Tao that can be captured in words is not the true Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. All that exist was born from what does not exist: this nothing, is the nameless, is the beginning, the source beyond existence, which still exists, now; yet, as the mother of all things, she is nameable, as are all things, their names pointing to their essences, all existence flowing from Tao.