A short discourse on the “Woo-woo”

Some have argued that marvels – those extraordinary events suggestive of religious miracles, and often disparaged with the term “woo-woo” – should not be part of the scientific discourse. Surely, the critics contend, such claims lay at the wrong end of the theist vs. atheist seesaw, so let’s have the professors of religious studies to debate those embarrassing topics and leave science...

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The Personal Power to Remain Alert

Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word is enough to change the course of our lives. If we don’t, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference. Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know you can use that eternity,...

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Awareness

Although I’m aging my retinas still see in living color a few electromagnetic waves but just those from .4 to .7 millimicrons- that is, from what we call red to what we call blue . And, I’m happy to say, my tympanic membranes still hear a few waves amidst the acoustical ocean. Some we call a Bach. I can’t explain how I taste certain molecular structures, but I do, and so it is...

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All here right now

Rather than trying to build skyscrapers to reach heaven and bridges to cross the raging river of samsara to reach the so-called other shore of nirvana, we could realize that it all flows right through us right now and there’s nowhere to go, nothing to get, and all is perfect as it is. This deep inner knowing has a lot to do with trust and letting be; there is nirvanic peace in things just as...

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Let’s Swing

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas , sway between these two trees, and it never winds down angels, animals,humans, insects, by the million also the wheeling sun and moon: ages go by and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth,water,fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen...

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So Many Gifts

There are so many gifts Still unopened from your birthday, There are so many hand-crafted presents that have been sent to you by God. The Beloved does not mind repeating, “Everything I have is also yours.” Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend If we break into a sweet laughter When your heart complains of being thirsty When ages ago Every cell in your soul Capsized forever Into this...

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The Joy of Becoming An Old Fart

There is an old saying that states, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” My teacher, who I call the Chinese Master, would often state, “Do not allow aging to become bewilderment, for what you do with it determines your journey you will embark upon.” When one reaches their 50’s, they start thinking, “God, I am starting to get old.” When they reach...

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The Big Bang birthday…..

When you don’t believe in birthdays, the idea of aging turns a little foreign to you.  You don’t fall into trauma over your sixteenth birthday or your thirtieth or the big Five-Oh or the deadly Century.  You measure your life by what you learn, not by counting how many calendars you’ve seen. If you’re going to have trauma, better it be the shock of discovering the...

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Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare...

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On Relationships

If I accept the fact that my relationships are here to make me conscious, instead of happy, then my relationships become a wonderful self mastery tool that keeps realigning me with my higher purpose for living. -Eckhart...

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