The journey of self-exploration, everywhere we turn and everything we do is a movement and flow towards something. We often make a movement inwards, as I think we should. The journey of understanding your own mind, your own consciousness, hoping to find answers.
But what answers lie within the depths of your mind?
What does that move inward bring us?
Liberation or fear?
Well, both, as you cannot have one without the other.
I’ve had my own experiences with my own internal void, my own perception of nihilism. …
I had a realization this week: hope is not found in focussing on everything we perceive as good, the positivity, and the joy everywhere. We need those things of course, it’s a major piece to the puzzle.
Hope is found in the acceptance of the complexity of our existence. This complexity is found in the joy, the positivity, and the good; but we must acknowledge the darkness, the negative, and the bad.
And maybe, in a sense paradoxically, we begin to see how simple life really is when we accept the complexity. …
Let’s talk about religion. And as often is the case, let’s target Christianity here, as this is the organized faith that I have the most experience with and grew up in.
I’m not Catholic anymore.
I’ve had countless encounters in my life with religious people. I used to be that asshole that would take pride in telling them how looney their beliefs are. Not anymore.
Now, I mostly settle with hoping they accept they rely on faith like everyone else. The difference is, I think my reliance on faith is much less risky and relies on more solid ground.
Traditionally, when people hear about a religion, they want to immediately compare it to the one they’re most familiar with. Unfortunately, this comparison often becomes about finding ways it goes against one’s preferred faith, just so we can quickly dismiss it. Instead of seeing how we can learn from other faiths, ideas, and traditions.
We close ourselves off from learning when we allow our arrogant minds to get the best of us.
Yet, I’m of the mindset that religions actually hold similar ideas for understanding spiritual human experience—they just differ on emphasis and word preference.
I’m also not saying that…
Here is a journey into the Labyrinth that hopes to help you explore your consciousness and leave you something to think about. Thank you for being here with me.
As many of you might know I’m fascinated by our human desire for myth-making.
As of late, I’ve enjoyed reading and re-reading many of the works by Joesph Campbell and Carl Jung, both were fascinated by our meaning-making mechanisms.
But why am I bringing up our myth-making?
Well, for one, I think it’s understanding this very human desire for myth-making that gets at the heart of how we integrate knowledge; it’s…
Zen Buddhism, and the expanding use of mindfulness, continues to spread across Western society. These Eastern traditions are known for catching the attention of those with more secular mindsets. Many have become intrigued by these more inward spiritual experiences in pursuit of finding their own peace during their time here on Earth.
But what about the traditional dominant faith in the West? Christianity.
With the rise of the use of Zen Buddhism and mindfulness, it has also attracted the attention of Christians. There’s a growing group of Christians that consider themselves in a dual religious belonging of Buddhism and Christianity.
Something I found fascinating to consider — aliens. They were on my mind this week. I never found myself fascinated by the discussion of aliens regarding whether they exist. I think when we consider the vastness and the mystery we have left around the cosmos…some form of aliens seems simply obvious.
But this had me thinking if aliens came and either visited or contacted us, would they actually be interested in our scientific discoveries?
Considering they would have contacted us…we could probably assume their discoveries in science are more advanced than ours.
So what could they be fascinated by?
We often create this perception of ourselves — this story — we weave all together, string by string, layer by layer until we have a handle on the art piece of us. The art piece that we create within our minds, the story and narrative that creates our image. Maybe this is even our ideal image we hope the world sees us as.
You would see this first-hand if you’ve ever read an autobiography, someone writing their own story, and someone trying to express the image they have of themselves. …
Research tells us we’re more depressed, anxious, and lonely than ever.
The fact that…
Should I continue?
There are many more. Our continued societal innovations are solving many of our world's problems. Yet, many of us remain in a depressive state, we are lost, and we feel lonely in a seemingly connected world.
With this continually innovating world we live…
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is one of the most famous and most important allegories in human thought. In many ways for its ability to stand the test of time! The infamous allegory is just as relevant today as it is during the times of Socrates himself.
And that’s exactly what I want to focus on, how the allegory relates to our fear of truth. Especially our fear of being shown when we are wrong.
How far is society willing to go in order to avoid being shown they’re wrong?
And consider this question as you read, do you value…