Testing Subscriptions

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I go for months at a time without updating this site, so people (including me) forget it’s here. Starting right now, I have a subscription link in the right sidebar of every page. That way, if it’s been six months since I’ve shared my musings, you don’t have to notice, and you’ll get an email letting you know I’ve written something. Please give it a try!

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A Word on Tantra* and Bhakti

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I am a shameless Bhākta.  I am head over heels in love with divinity in many of Its forms.  So why Tantra?  It is said that Bhakti is the fastest and most enjoyable path to enlightenment, so why not just stick to that?  That’s where I started, so why the emphasis on Tantra these days?

It’s like this: Bhakti is indeed a very fast and enjoyable path.  I don’t know about enlightenment because I am not enlightened, but I trust what knowledgeable people say about that being true.  I do know from experience that it is a lightning-fast method to obtain Oneness.  When I’m chanting, the bliss of that Oneness is unsurpassed.  The effects of the vibrations change matter, as I found out when I healed my body with chanting.  However, the Oneness fragments back into the many when I stop chanting and come back to the relative world.  The echos of the vibrations definitely come with me, and ripple out into all areas … Read the rest

Just More Colonization in Woke Clothing?

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The eight episode series on Netflix, Black Earth Rising, is deeply thought provoking. It raises important questions that it doesn’t answer about the horrific things, including genocide, that happened in Rwanda and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).  It has stuck with me and pokes me throughout the day at the edge of my consciousness.  It’s powerful, and on the surface seems like groundbreaking work, but beyond the subject matter, the form it takes bothers me.

I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if an African had written it.  I wonder if there would be a white guy as one of the main lead characters. Would the main African character have been literally saved by whiteness?  Sure, the story has to contain white people, as they did play a nefarious colonizing role, but how do Africans see those characters?  I can guess that they pretty much don’t need to center them.  How would the conversations and relationship dynamics between … Read the rest

Intersectionality of Spiritual Practice and Activism

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I’ve been fortunate this year in having many spiritual practices show up that have expanded my sense of peace and security and enabled me to interact in a powerful way in the outer world. I’m finding it difficult to talk about them, because they’re not spiritual at all.

Except, they are.

It’s a fun conundrum. That’s why I think talking about the intersection is important.

How is burning up my physical body along with all socially constructed self images, creating a new energy body, and then thickening it into my physical body every day spiritual? I don’t know, but this particular practice, called deha-shuddhi -> amṛta-vyāpti -> prakāśa-kāya, is taken out of an ancient Tantrik text, so it must be, right? It’s taught as a means to experience that the body, as well as all the layers of self-hood, are an instantiation of pure Consciousness.

The results were instantaneous from the very first time I practiced it, but I  can’t say this one will

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What is Freedom?

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I believe freedom has many facets, and we have been mislead on what it means.  We have been convinced that the world we see outside of ourselves is of primary importance, and we have to conform to this world to get ahead in life.  This only serves to deny us our  freedom, and drive us deeper into bondage.

Inner freedom does not depend on the outer world.  It is accessible any time, day or night, no matter what is happening in our lives.  It is available in the midst of the most horrendous crisis and on the most beautiful peaceful day.

I believe it is time for us to reclaim our freedom.  One way to do this is to examine the stories we have allowed to control our lives.  One of these stories is the story of separation.

The story of separation is responsible for all hoarding, all competition, and all ideas of scarcity.  The story of separation has no bearing on the sun, … Read the rest

The Race Card

Have you ever been in a conversation and been accused of playing the “race card”? Or been asked “Why do you have to make everything about race?” or “Why do you have to bring race into everything?”

There is a simple answer to this. Every time someone is referred to who is not white, their race or culture is used to describe them. Indigenous, East Indian, African American, Asian American, Latinx, BIPOC, etc. We use people’s race right up front to identify them, how could that not already be a part of the conversation?

How about we start doing the same thing when describing white people. I saw a headline go flitting across my fb feed recently about using the term White American. The article disappeared before I had a chance to read it, but it sounds like a fine idea. I’m going to start doing it. It’s only fair, right?

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Who Owns Your Time?

I’ve been thinking about cultural issues a lot lately, and I think I know why there is such resistance to providing workers with a living wage, or even considering them employees so that they earn benefits.

It’s about the commodity of time.

If workers are required to work longer and longer hours just to make ends meet, then spend the rest of their waking hours rushing around to procure the things they need for themselves and their families just to live, they lose the ownership of their time.

If one loses the ownership of their time, they become slaves who have no choice but to keep running on the hamster wheel that’s allowing the top rung to hoard obscene levels of wealth.

If one loses ownership of their time, they cannot show up to social justice actions designed to change the rules.

It’s no wonder so many people try to use social media as their activism platform, as ineffective as it is. It’s one … Read the rest