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Play With the Definition of Being Human

Neural Tribe we Many forms of humans walk this Earth but we only recognize one Wherever you find a neuron, there - as a species - you In a puppy playing on a beach, in a baby elephant playing on a beach, in a "human" baby playing on a  Allow yourself to play with the definition of being human.  Dare to transcend form - dare to see the sentience of the rest of your
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An Inward Turn

“The turn toward inward development, the triumph of inwardness over outwardness, if it ever happens, will be a great turning point in the history of mankind, comparable to the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance."

This passage is from a very provocative essay by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Repentance & Self-Limitation in the Life of Nations.  He wrote it in 1973.  While the essay is about geopolitics of redemption and ascetic nationalism, this passage applies to...
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Yul’s Wise Words

Reading a biography of this otherworldly Russian gypsy, Yul Brynner, this "alien bodymind" that landed in Hollywood in the

Only a few pages into the book and I stumble upon the following words of wisdom:
"The facts of my life have nothing to do with the realities of my existence."
There it is, psychological sovereignty, existential independence in a phrase!

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Celestial Stonehenge

Hungarian astronomers discovered a ring of 9 gamma ray bursts 5 billion light years in diameter.  Let's unpack this so that you can appreciate what an item of awe this is.

A gamma ray burst (GRB) emits more energy in a few seconds than our Sun does in billions of years.

5 billion light years is a measure of distance, not time.  A light year, as you probably know, is the distance that light...
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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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