• Madness and Mysticism

    There’s a thin line between madness and mysticism. In her tome, Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill describes the kind of temperament you often find in so-called mystics, a term you should probably shoot me for using. But we have to call ’em something, don’t we? Those who see over the horizon, who hear a voice in the […]

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  • The Path to Peace

    People wonder when there will be world peace, as if peace between nations is something that they can only wonder about, and not choose.  Others see the path through peaceful protest, political organization, or violent demonstration.  Maybe we won’t have world peace until each of us experiences personal peace.  And maybe we won’t experience personal […]

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  • Having a Human Experience

    The day I learned that I was a spiritual being trying to have a human experience, and not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience, I felt completely liberated, and free to mess up, probably for the first time since I’d shit my diapers.  Before I became aware that I was fully entitled […]

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  • Arkansas Dusk

    Arkansas in Autumn

    You can glide all day through the Ozarks and not hit a mall until Branson.  I wind through oaken national forest on routes that switchback like true mountain roads even though they rise only 30 feet here, dip just 20 feet there.  I don’t reach higher elevation until the Boston Highlands, […]

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  • Accidents Will Happen

    When something is meant to be, it just is. It just happens. What a glorious miracle are the parade of accidents that make up our lives. Some of the best things that ever happen happen by accident, or because of a mistake.

    It’s a blow to the human ego, but a lot of what we try […]

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  • Zoophilia: It Ain’t What You Think

    ‘I’m horny. You?’

    I’ve discovered a remedy for taking myself too seriously, which I often do.  And that remedy is this: go and get some Bluegrass music.   Not that shit that passes for bluegrass today.  Not the country-rock-blues stuff.  But the breakdown music with banjoes that chug on like locomotives and fiddles that flay […]

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  • Giving the Woods a Bath

    The more time I spend in the woods, the more time I want to spend with them. Yesterday, I limbed a pinyon I’d spent days cutting down. The work became easier. Much easier than expected. The first part – cutting down an oversized tree with a 12″ diameter trunk, was much more difficult. I never […]

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  • The Infinite Voyage

    You to begin to focus on where you’re going. But where you’re going is toward fuller awareness of where you already are. In a sense, it’s where you’ve already been. It’s told that we need to focus on the journey, and not the destination. Maybe that’s because the journey is an infinite one within ourselves.

    I […]

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  • Never Left Home

    If I were smart enough to figure it out, then I could prove it to you. And there’d be no argument.

    If it were small enough to see it all at once, then it wouldn’t be big enough to be the mystery that it is.

    If words could describe it, then a book would explain it. So […]

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  • When All the Judgment Falls Away

    A great thinker once remarked that we are on an infinite journey toward an infinite God. And since we are finite, we never get there.

    I don’t know whether this is true. From this side of the veil, from our human side, it certainly seems that way. To be human is to be limited. It is […]

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