• To Be Held by the Unknowable

    God is the sum total of all that is unknowable. Humility is total dependence on God for all things. Therefore, humility is dependence upon the unknowable. It’s trust in what can’t be known with certainty. It’s faith in what can never be grasped fully by the intellect.

    And this, perhaps, is the reason so few of […]

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  • The Opening

    The Infinite understands you, but you don’t understand it.

    The Endless comprehends what it is, yet you don’t comprehend what you are.

    This is the unilateral nature of existence.

    In understanding is awareness, and awareness is all, is life itself.

    A river flows in only one direction. In the same way, the creative force of the cosmos extends from […]

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  • The Puzzle Within

    The paradox is that the targets for change lie within, things like my selfishness, my fear, my lust and my greed. Yet I must take actions outside my self to effectuate these changes.

    The journey is an inward one, yet it manifests itself through outward action. I need do nothing, since I am a child of […]

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  • Don’t Quit Now

    When it seems as if all is lost, all is closest to being gained. The moment of our greatest defeat is in reality the instant before our greatest victory. And so victory and defeat are close companions, as alike as the joy and the sorrow which they bring. Who can tell the difference between laughter […]

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  • Endless Return, or Endlessness?

    The idea of an eternal return is an ancient one that has been around since classical times. It says that the souls of humans reincarnate forever. In the old Greek myth, when people died, they drank from the waters of forgetfulness, and forgot the suffering they endured in their past incarnations on earth. They went […]

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  • Ends and Means

    Vegas be fine, but . . .

    The problem for most of us is that we see the world as an end in itself, rather than as a means to an end.

    When I treat the world as an end in itself, I end up chasing money to buy happiness, power to exert control, pleasure […]

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  • The Memory of Innocence

    There’s a piece of each of us that never dies. It won’t die. It can’t die no matter how much we may wish it would sometimes, no matter how many times we try to cover it up, to bury it. And that part of ourselves is our innocence. It’s the spontaneous part of ourselves that […]

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  • Inevitable

    We search the heavens looking for that extraterrestrial Big Brother because we want to believe we’re not alone, that life isn’t an accident about to be snuffed out by the next asteroid. We want to believe our lives aren’t random. Yet life is inevitable, and as expressions of life, we’re inevitable, too.

    We are meant to […]

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  • The Resolution

    Of all the resolutions, vows and promises that have ever been made, few have been kept. None have amounted to much anyway. When you draw your last breath, you won’t be thinking about that 20 lbs you never lost in 2015. As Carmella Soprano says in The Sopranos, in the end, it all gets washed […]

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  • The Leftovers

    You’ve heard of the cycle of birth and death, of karma, of the endless return. Some call it reincarnation. Others, the transmigration of the soul. I call it the endless wash cycle. We’re all in this infinitely-sized, frontload washing machine that alternates between rinse and spin, either hosing off the remains of the last life […]

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