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

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

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!

The State of the Self

From Egoic Identity to an Integrated Self Cultures create, nourish, and defend modes of identity. An individual’s sense of self is dependent on the pathways to identity their culture allows. Cultures have always maintained a duality between its members and outsiders. The present dominant culture has blurred this distinction. But not in the way we…… Continue reading The State of the Self

The question of Bad Faith

I must say that I find myself almost speechless with a sense that there is no form of communication available that has not been buried under an avalanche of disinformation. Like an avalanche this may have been initiated by a single and quite small, relatively inconsequential disturbance. Like an avalanche the resulting destruction has compounded…… Continue reading The question of Bad Faith

Looking back at looking back, What Drives Me,

I’ve just re-read this essay: What Drives Me Confronting the double-bind, Growing up in a predicament we get past incredulity or we take refuge in madness. This has been a difficult time to find the traction with which to continue writing about our predicament. What Drives Me points at an inkling – too amorphous to be…… Continue reading Looking back at looking back, What Drives Me,

Queequeg’s Coffin

I was fifteen when I first read Moby Dick in a 48 hour long marathon sick in bed with a bad cold in a hotel in the Northeast of Portugal, reading, sleeping, then reading some more. It deeply affected my world view. I’m still finding out what it means…. Atlantic Right Queequeg’s Coffin is a…… Continue reading Queequeg’s Coffin

Confusion is part of the message

Let’s be clear. Confusion is part of the message. This fact has been elusive. One effect of confusion is that we struggle to find some simple way to untangle it. The real lesson of confusion is that it is a sign we are perceiving complexity as complication. Linear thinking and the Machine Model lead us…… Continue reading Confusion is part of the message

Pointing out futility

“That’s what I like about you… you are always able to show me the futility of everything. Well, the futility of everything except Nothing.” Julien Matei Reading this line Julien has posted on Mirrors of Encounters brought a smile. I’ve never been complimented, even sarcastically, for doing this. I have been accused of it, even…… Continue reading Pointing out futility