To those younger…

a distillation, half a century confronting Art and Practice. Drop your compulsions. Don’t wait. Act like you have all the time in the world while you just might still…. Put that time before what matters. Put your effort into patience and stamina. Develop one confidence: That you will suspend your desire for conclusions. Make effort…… Continue reading To those younger…

Illusion is a fiction

Illusion is a fiction. Fiction is illusion. A fiction is a story. All stories are fiction. Illusion, verisimilitude, the similarity to truth. A closeness to truth? Stories are fictions and stories can be true. And/or not true. The same story. Stories are dangerous. That is how they hold our attention. Danger met with curiosity? Leads…… Continue reading Illusion is a fiction

On Coherence, A Manifesto

The broken state of our world has become so obvious that further efforts to list and attempt to convince those who refuse to recognize it are beyond counterproductive. We are easily distracted by nightmare scenarios, psycho-dramas, playing-out alternative doomsdays, whose only purpose is as a mechanism to keep us stuck, helpless, and increasingly incapable of…… Continue reading On Coherence, A Manifesto

Hypnotized by Desire

What dissolves obsessions and releases us from compulsion is a recognition – through the depths of Grief – that what what we had believed to be essential is futile and that what has made it futile is what allows us to be released from it: We are struck by the realization that to continue in this manner is incoherent.

How do we distinguish integration from delusion?

Delusion is completely convincing. This point can be difficult to acknowledge. When we suffer under a delusion we accept its rationalizations completely. We simply cannot see any incoherence in our outlook. We are certain. How then can we tell whether attending to coherence is not just another delusion? Living in delusion we find ourselves bound…… Continue reading How do we distinguish integration from delusion?

Interdependence

How do we settle-down into coherence? We are perturbed and react out of our displacement. Coming to terms with futility, finding an emotional ground by accepting Grief, discovering our interdependence, we come to trust. Following this path internally we integrate our selves. Following this path in company we develop community. Without a lived sense of…… Continue reading Interdependence

How do we change? part two…

Whenever someone challenges our valid sense of urgency we are compelled to repeat a litany of real and imagined aspects of the Enormity we all face. It’s as if to hear things are dire and, that for this very reason, we need to slow down; is just too much to bear. Anyone making this claim…… Continue reading How do we change? part two…

Morphic Fields and the Edifice of Thought

Originally posted on The Chrysalis:
Recently, Antonio Dias employed a phrase that I quite like: “the Edifice of Thought”. The painstakingly constructed modern edifice of thought now rests upon some pretty wobbly foundations — the metaphysical assumptions of the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm that have now become very dubious and uncertain. Chief among these dubious assumptions is…

The Amazon Is Burning

In case you haven’t been paying attention… As I write this the Amazon is burning. How do we respond? I feel it is most likely that most of us, most of the time, just don’t know what to do with the question. Don’t know what to do with the accelerating litany of…, crises is too…… Continue reading The Amazon Is Burning

How do we find others?

Ava Osbiston has added this conversation with Jeppe Graugaard on the Dark Mountain website with this introduction: How do we come together and connect, create, share and witness each other around the work of Dark Mountain? For the first in a series of “Find the Others” podcasts- Ava Osbiston from the Dark Mountain Project speaks…… Continue reading How do we find others?

The Edifice of Thought*

Thought shapes thinking. We cannot think differently unless we become aware of how thought shapes our thinking. There is a shape implicit in thought, forming a trajectory for our thinking, that is there as we gather a thought. Right there in the act of thinking itself. Technological thinking, institutionalized, taught thinking, what we call rational…… Continue reading The Edifice of Thought*

In a flood it’s impossible to swim until the water reaches your butt!

The title is a paraphrase of a native Brazilian proverb mentioned by Vanessa Andreotti in her presentation, ClimateExistence Day 1: Existence Beyond the House that Modernity Built The status-quo is defended since it is all there is for an alienated self within an alienating society to identify with. The alienated self has no awareness of…… Continue reading In a flood it’s impossible to swim until the water reaches your butt!