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June, 2019

  • 11 June

    Card #642 – Beware the Hungry Whirlpools

    Beware the Hungry Whirlpools

    Beware the hungry whirlpools my friends, the dark undertow of collective vortices that would love to undertake you into their burgeoning carnivals of lost souls. The hungry whirlpools are slippery concavities dotting the thin ice of modern life. They might take the form of some tiny substance, a bit of white powder, a pill that makes you smaller, some little …

  • 11 June

    Card #638 – Anxious Sojourner

    Anxious Sojourner

    There are times when the anguish and disorder of life seems to predominate in our awareness. Life seems messy and unpleasant, there is the chill of a nameless dread, and we feel ourselves an inadequate, neglectful part of the messy unpleasantness, a flimsy plastic shopping bag overstuffed with worry and unlived life, ready to come apart at the seams. How …

  • 11 June

    Card #637 – To Collapse or Not to Collapse the Wave Function?

    To Collapse or Not to Collapse the Wave Function?

    This card uses wave function collapse, a concept from quantum mechanics, as a metaphor for two states in the human domain — the state of indeterminate potential and free floating possibility, and the state of definite commitment and grounded engagement in the particular. I emphasize the metaphorical aspect because there is a New Age tendency to appropriate the findings of …

  • 11 June

    Card #636 – Every Man and Woman a Star

    Every Man and Woman a Star

    It is all too easy to become the star of your movie and to forget that others are the stars of their movies. The same event may look very different in the context of your movie than it does in the movie of another star. We all too easily forget to respect the otherness of the other, and expect stars …

  • 11 June

    Card #635 – The Inestimable Value of Unsolved Problems

    The Inestimable Value of Unsolved Problems

    “The serious problems of life, are never fully solved. If it should once appear that they are [solved], this is the sign that something has been lost. The meaning and design of a problem seem not to lie in its solution, but in our working at it incessantly. This alone preserves us from stultification and petrifaction.” — C.G. Jung There …

  • 11 June

    Card #634 – Seeing Blindspots

    Seeing Blindspots

    “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:3 Blind spots are the greatest generator of tragedies in human experience. Violence to self and others almost always occurs in a state of eclipse by one or more blind spots. This card challenges you to …

  • 11 June

    Card #632 – The Other Stars

    The Other Stars

    “Every man and woman a star.” It is all too easy to become the star of your movie and to forget that others are the stars of their movies. The same event may look very different in the context of your movie than it does in the movie of another star. We all too easily forget to respect the otherness …

  • 11 June

    Card #630 – Rope-a-Dope

    Rope-a-Dope

    “A master first reveals himself in his ability to hold back.” — Goethe Rope-a-dope, the strategy that Muhammed Ali used to beat George Foreman in “The Rumble in the Jungle,” is a classic Warrior strategy that can be applied to many situations. George Foreman, who was younger, bigger and stronger than Ali, and was the reigning heavyweight champion, was the …

  • 11 June

    Card #629 – Dealing with Anxiety

    Dealing with Anxiety

    There are times when the anguish and disorder of life seems to predominate in our awareness. Life seems messy and unpleasant, there is the chill of a nameless dread, and we feel ourselves an inadequate, neglectful part of the messy unpleasantness, a flimsy plastic shopping bag overstuffed with worry and unlived life, ready to come apart at the seams. How …

  • 11 June

    Card #628 – Our Primate Matrix

    Our Primate Matrix

    “Chimpanzees are natural politicians driven by a desire for power.” — National Geographic documentary on primate behavior “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon …

  • 11 June

    Card #627 – Got Myth?

    Got Myth?

    A myth, in the proper sense, then, is a story that has emotional resonance at the abyssal depths of the human psyche — for that is its very source, its point of origination in what Campbell called “the mythological zone.” — Joseph M. Felser Live mythically. If an unmythological life were possible, it might not be worth living. To really …

  • 11 June

    Card #626 – Live Mythically

    Live Mythically

    A myth, in the proper sense, then, is a story that has emotional resonance at the abyssal depths of the human psyche — for that is its very source, its point of origination in what Campbell called “the mythological zone.” — Joseph M. Felser Live mythically. If an unmythological life were possible, it might not be worth living. To really …

  • 11 June

    Card #625 – Pathfinding and Day-Mapping

    Pathfinding and Day-Mapping

    This image relates to a very practical and grounded way to navigate your pathway through a chaotic world. I have a very poor natural sense of direction, and yet I was able to use ordinary map and compass skills to navigate myself, and a small group, through a maze of canyons with no marked paths (Escalante Canyon, Utah). The method …

  • 11 June

    Seasons of Man – Card #623 – Zap Oracle

    Seasons of Life

    “Man must make his peace with his seasons or the gods will laugh at him.” — Mary Renault “The fates guide him who will; him who won’t, they drag.” — Ancient Greeks Each of the seasons of aging — youth, middle age, old age — has its hardships, trials, and rewards. Dorothy Canfield Fisher said,”One of the many things nobody …

  • 11 June

    Card #622 – To Collapse or Not to Collapse the Wave Function

    To Collapse or Not to Collapse the Wave Function

    This card uses wave function collapse, a concept from quantum mechanics, as a metaphor for two states in the human domain — the state of indeterminate potential and free floating possibility, and the state of definite commitment and grounded engagement in the particular. I emphasize the metaphorical aspect because there is a New Age tendency to appropriate the findings of …