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June, 2019

  • 11 June

    Card #500 – Distorted Self-Image

    Distorted Self-Image

    Human beings are prone to distorted self-images. Nervously we study ourselves in the carnival fun house mirrors of self-appraisal. Some mirrors make us look larger and return a grandiose and inflated image, while others make us look small and twisted. Often we judge ourselves based on body image. But we are much more than our bodies, and our bodies are …

  • 11 June

    Card #499 – Positive Trickster

    Positive Trickster

    This card indicates a propitious time for positive trickster energy. The Babylon Matrix is designed so that if you seek to make progress, or even to maintain your position, you will continually encounter walls that block your path. Use positive trickster energy — imagination, creativity, cleverness, adaptability, serendipity, guile, humor, and inspired improvisation to see around corners and wile your …

  • 11 June

    Card #496 – Your Home is your Castle

    Your Home is your Castle

    Your home, no matter how humble, is your castle and you should treat it as such. Look about your home as if you were a stranger and ask yourself, “What kind of person lives here?” The answer should reflect who you really are. Just as there are times when we need to travel, there are other times when we need …

  • 11 June

    Card #495 – Soulful Reading

    Soulful Reading

    Someone once said, “Don’t read a book unless it is like a ball of light glowing in your hands.” I think that’s a reasonable standard. If you allow them, serendipity and your intuition are likely to lead you to such glowing balls of light. J.R.R. Tolkien called fantasy writing “subcreation.” Reading fiction is also a subcreation, because the reader uses …

  • 11 June

    Card #488 – Cooperative Interdependence

    Cooperative Interdependence

    Cooperation and interdependence are emphasized here. American culture tends to emphasize rugged individualism in a way that is often absurd. For example, the “Army of One” ad campaign for the U.S. Army or the Marlboro man riding alone through the prairie with only his horse and his trusty cigarettes for companionship. But we are social mammals born into a world …

  • 11 June

    Card #484 – Rethinking the Pirate Stance

    Rethinking the Pirate Stance

    Cooperation and interdependence are emphasized here. American culture tends to emphasize rugged individualism in a way that is often absurd. For example, the “Army of One” ad campaign for the U.S. Army or the Marlboro man riding alone through the prairie with only his horse and his trusty cigarettes for companionship. But we are social mammals born into a world …

  • 11 June

    Card #483 – Adapting to Life in the Babylon Matrix

    Adapting to Life in the Babylon Matrix

    Many people don’t feel entirely comfortable with the present era. Some long for a simpler, greener realm or otherwise feel out place in the Babylon Matrix. In A Splinter in your Mind I wrote, “We also have a part of our intuition that registers a general wrongness about this world. Hamlet says, “This time is out of joint,” and, “Something …

  • 11 June

    Card #482 – Acknowledging the Dark Side of Human Nature

    Acknowledging the Dark Side of Human Nature

    I Stood Upon a High Place I stood upon a high place, And saw, below, many devils Running, leaping, and carousing in sin. One looked up, grinning, And said, “Comrade! Brother!” — Stephen Crane (1871-1900) The brighter the light, the darker the shadow. Everything has a shadow side. If you don’t see the shadow of a person, you don’t see …

  • 11 June

    Card #480 – Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    It is not unusual for a conscious, individualized person to feel like a stranger in a strange land. There is much in the Babylon Matrix that is strange and disaffecting. Recognize the feelings, have compassion for them, but face them like a Warrior. If we can avoid self-pity there is much to learn from being a stranger in a strange …

  • 11 June

    Card #475 – Playing the Hand You’ve been Dealt

    Playing the Hand You've been Dealt

    “The fates guide him who will; him who won’t, they drag.” — Ancient Greeks Play the cards you’ve been dealt with impeccability. Skillful play involves acceptance of the cards you have at the moment, a focus that is easily lost if you are fantasizing about the cards you would have preferred being dealt. Our incarnation supplies us with long-term cards …

  • 11 June

    Card #473 – A Ball of Light in your Hands

    A Ball of Light in your Hands

    Someone once said, “Don’t read a book unless it is like a ball of light glowing in your hands.” I think that’s a reasonable standard. If you allow them, serendipity and your intuition are likely to lead you to such glowing balls of light. J.R.R. Tolkien called fantasy writing “subcreation.” Reading fiction is also a subcreation, because the reader uses …

  • 11 June

    Card #472 – A Ball of Light in your Hands

    A Ball of Light in your Hands

    Someone once said, “Don’t read a book unless it is like a ball of light glowing in your hands.” I think that’s a reasonable standard. If you allow them, serendipity and your intuition are likely to lead you to such glowing balls of light. J.R.R. Tolkien called fantasy writing “subcreation.” Reading fiction is also a subcreation, because the reader uses …

  • 11 June

    Card #471 – In the Realm of Deadly Delusions

    In the Realm of Deadly Delusions

    Deadly delusions are often like warm and fuzzy stuffed animals with retractable fangs. At first they seem soft, pliable, warm and fuzzy, the pleasant buzz of those first few drinks, the infatuation that begins aglow with sentimental idealization… Know what your deadly delusions are, and whether they are as yet unrealized or whether they are in various states of manifestation, …

  • 11 June

    Card #470 – Eating the Imaginary Steak of the Babylon Matrix

    Eating the Imaginary Steak of the Babylon Matrix

    “I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.” Cypher, from The Matrix Are you willing to trade the essential truths for imaginary steak? Will you succumb to the blue …

  • 11 June

    Card #469 – Dealing with the Realm of Deadly Delusions

    Dealing with the Realm of Deadly Delusions

    Deadly delusions are often like warm and fuzzy stuffed animals with retractable fangs. At first they seem soft, pliable, warm and fuzzy, the pleasant buzz of those first few drinks, the infatuation that begins aglow with sentimental idealization… Know what your deadly delusions are, and whether they are as yet unrealized or whether they are in various states of manifestation, …