Evolution

Is a postmodern society workable?

If you’re one who studies or works in the humanities, you might occasionally stumble across the term postmodernism. It was one of those words I couldn’t quite grasp until higher education forced my hand. Now I see the challenges of today’s world through this lens. Firstly, to come to grips with the many conflicts we are witnessing, its helpful to understand the historical framework from which we are disentangling our sense of self. Modernism, the predecessor to postmodernism, began with… Read more

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“I am not old” — Samantha Reynolds

I am not old, she said I am rare I am the standing ovation at the end of the play I am the retrospective of my life as art I am the hours connected like dots into good sense I am the fullness of existing you think I am waiting to die but I am waiting to be found I am a treasure I am a map these wrinkles are imprints of my journey ask me anything. image courtesy Yulia… Read more

Adult male in a yellow windbreaker sitting on a rocky shore facing a rough sea.

Saturn and Our Experience of Self in the World

For those interested in Astrology, Saturn has a strong influence on our experience of self in the world. We are offered a karmic reckoning every 29.5 years, the time it takes for Saturn to return to the same place as at our birth. The age of 59 is therefore another ‘Saturn-return’. A simple Google search describes the host of effects it can have. “Saturn has been known as the Great Malefic, whose transits are met with dread. But Saturn is… Read more

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The Individual as a Factor of Development

For people interested in esoterics, you might find this interesting. It’s from Rudolf Steiner. Within the sevenfold chain of metamorphoses – which has been described from many aspects in other works of the present author – the entire earth was, during the first two Root Races (called in Occultism the ‘Polarian’ and ‘Hyperborean’), in a half-spiritual condition. Substance first densified to the state of warmth, then to that of air. Then man remained in a stage between animal and actual… Read more

The author. The beach at Little Dip Conservation Park.

Time Left Alone — David Whyte

… tired of ourselves … But tired of land, we open ourselves to oceans, tired of time we give back all that we’ve taken, tired of ourselves we open ourselves to ourselves at last, sensing the waves and great abyss of the sea beyond, the ocean stretching on sand and the long view on the still sea that leads to another life. From Time Left Alone: in ‘River Flow: New and Selected Poems’ David Whyte

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Just for Today — Frank Crane

Just for Today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life-problem at once. I can do some things for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep them up for a lifetime. Just for Today, I will be Happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from Within; it… Read more

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Leadership and You

For the most part it’s a sad and sorry world in terms of leadership. We look around, whether at work, in our religious and cultural institutions, or in the political sphere, and it seems no one can inspire the masses with vision and hope. Many who might have been able to lead were assassinated, literally or metaphorically. So what do we do? Bitch and moan? Opt for cynicism and despair? Maybe we can look at the situation through a different… Read more