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Lose a Duality

In Jung's writings about the unconscious, he essentially equated consciousness with the world and the world with consciousness:
The deeper 'layers' of the psyche lose their individual uniqueness as they retreat farther and farther into darkness [of introspection - PS]. 'Lower down'  [the contents of the psyche] become increasingly collective until they are universalized and extinguished in the body's materiality, , in chemical substances.  The body's carbon is simply carbon.  Hence 'at bottom' the psyche is simply...
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Cecil – Neural Tribe Perspective

By now we've all seen the captions: "An American dentist kills Cecil the Lion."  The relevant facts are: a man pays $55k for the right to kill a lion; his assistants lure a lion named Cecil off its preserve, the hunter - I am not sure the term really applies here - wounds the lion with a bow, stalks him for a while, and finishes him off with a rifle shot.  PR #$@!-storm results.  The...
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RV

Know the Self to be sitting in the chariot, the body to be the chariot, the intellect (buddhi) the charioteer, and the mind the reins. The senses they call the horses, the objects of the senses their roads. When the Highest Self is in...
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The Big It

The following occurred to me as I was confronted by the shimmering silver of the ocean and the fading denim of the sky above it:
When we glimpse the big picture, when we find ourselves in awe of All That Eternally Is, we cope with by reducing this "Big It" to an "it" of beauty, by reducing the Big Picture, the Ineffable, to a picture of beauty. Put differently, I think, aesthetics is too a...
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Undo Yourself

Any story of becoming is at the same time a story of unbecoming.

Reality makes and unmakes itself in a seamless metamorphosis of ceasing and arising.

Reality does and undoes itself from a moment to a moment to a moment, ad infinitum.

Becoming and unbecoming are not two.

Becoming and unbecoming are the same process of cosmic self-renewal.

But we tend to lose sight of that: while we yearn for change, while we yearn to become what we want to...
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Sunday Morning Potpourri

Two unrelated thoughts for your consideration: a reality check and a pattern-break

1. Reality (and by that I mean Cosmos) is "zero-fat."  Reality saves up nothing for a later day.  Reality has no reserves of potential.  Reality is maxed out, non-stop, eternally.  All that can...
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The Lesser Travelled Road to Satisfaction

I won't bend your ear for too long.  Just a thought for your consideration:

We typically think that freedom has to do with doing whatever you want to do - you know, all that jazz about following your passion and desire.  Yes, that is a kind of freedom, a familiar kind.  But here's another kind of freedom, a less familiar kind: not doing what you want, not following your desire even...
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From Nonduality to Duality and Back

Carl Jung, when he was six or so, used to play this game with himself:
Often when I was alone I sat down on this stone, and then began an imaginary game that went something like this: "I am sitting on top of this stone and it is underneath." But the stone also could say "I" and think: "I am lying here and he is sitting on top of me."  The question then arose: "Am I...
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Selfish Machines: Fear Not AI (Artificial Intelligence), Fear AI (Autopoietic Imperative)

There is AI (artificial intelligence) and then there is AI (autopoietic imperative).  Fear not the former.  Fear the latter.    Intelligence of machines is no threat to us.  But their selfishness definitely might be.

Let me explain.  No, not the artificial intelligence - that's for whiz kids from Carnegie Mellon to explain.  I want to say a word or two about the AI of autopoietic imperative.

"Autopoiesis" is Greek for "self-reproduction" or "self-maintenance" αὐτo- (auto-) means "self"...
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Embrace Disillusionment

Disillusionment is a loss of illusion. A loss of illusion is a gain of truth.

Seeing reality as it is, without illusion, is an important reality check that allows us to recalibrate our expectations.  Having realistic expectations is adaptive.

So, as painful as it may be...
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