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Life Lessons from the Living Dead

If you want to learn about what’s at the core of life, the essential and ultimate universal values beneath all the distractions, deceptions and delusions, then ask the living dead. No, I don’t mean zombies. From my experience zombies have little to offer when it comes to finding the deeper meaning of life. I am referring instead to the testimony of near-death experiencers, people who have been physically dead for short periods of time, glimpsed human incarnation from the outside, and come back to their bodies. Extensive research has shown that near-death experiences have classic, universal elements and that near-death experiencers are usually profoundly and positively transformed as a result. Research also shows that parallel positive effects can occur in people just by reading about NDEs.

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Carnival 2012—A Psychological Study of the 2012 Phenomenon and the 22 Classic Pitfalls and Blind Spots of Esoteric Research

The cycle end-date of the Mayan Long Count calendar, an authentic artifact of an ancient Mesoamerican culture worthy of serious investigation, became the focus of contemporary psychopathology and cultural projection in a way that is fascinating as its own artifact worthy of serious investigation.

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No Tristans Allowed Beyond This Point—Looking into the Western Myth of Romantic Love

Western romance mythology centers around being in love as an ecstatic state in which we feel we have been completed, found the ultimate meaning in life, and have larger than life feelings of intensity. Unconsciously we have the expectation that our lover provide us with these feelings continuously. We also assume that our model of romance is the best and that love relationships not based on “being in love” must be pale, insignificant shadows by comparison. We are convinced of this despite all the evidence that tells us that few enterprises, besides diets, begin with such high hopes and typically such dismal results as the falling in love sort of romances.

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Born Under a Blood Red Moon-Metamorphosis of the Feminine in the Dreams of Young Women

A young woman I know sent me a dream this morning with themes that resonate with dreams of other young women I have interpreted, and now I wish I had written down more of them because so many of them have been so powerful and illuminating of the state of the feminine after six thousand years of patriarchal history. In this essay I will discuss what I have learned from these dreams and from other cultural observations. I will conclude with analysis of two of dreams, including the one from this morning. Like most of my web-posted documents, this is a work in progress, and I expect to add to and revise this document as more dreams and observations come up.

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The Glorified Body-Metamorphosis of The Body and the Crisis Phase of Human Evolution

The metabolism of our species is reaching a feverish intensity as we approach an evolutionary event horizon. One symptom of this feverish metamorphosis is our mutating relationship to body. Suffering associated with body image has reached such epidemic proportions in our culture that it must be counted as one of the greatest spiritual plagues ever to be visited upon mankind. Note: this is the article form of what was originally a book proposoal. The Glorified Body book proposal contains some important information that is not presented here. You could read this as an introduction and then skip the similar overview in the book proposal and read the remaining sections. To find out what inspired this writing, and why it remained a book proposal read The Path of the Numinous

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The Path of the Numinous-Living and Working with the Creative Muse

My most autobiographical essay, I discuss my history of relating to the creative muse and general principles that can assist anyone in relating to the creative process. Besides the article I wrote for Holistic Education Review, Crossing the Great Stream----Education and the Evolving Self, this essay has the most to say about my philosophy of education.

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A Guide to the Perplexed Interdimensional Traveler

An Invitation to You, the Interdimensional Traveler. Proof that you are an Interdimensional Traveler. Who are you? The Babylon Matrix. The Looking Glass of Ones and Zeros. The Secret of Life. The I Ching and Inner Independence. Grasping for the Hottie. The Inner Marriage of Yin and Yang. Grasping for Precious and Plato’s Symposium. Fractured Androgyny and the Matrix. Hexagram 44 and Meeting Halfway—the Touchstone for Relationship.

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Casting Precious Into the Cracks of Doom-Androgyny, Alchemy, Evolution and the One Ring

This essay will explore androgyny at the core of many of the mysteries of: the 6,000 years of Feminine-hating dominator societies that continue to rule our world, key forms of religious extremism, the torturous enchantments of romantic relations, gender identity, and the core meaning of the ring symbolism and other aspects of the Tolkien mythology. Androgyny is the key that unlocks many of the most difficult paradoxes and delusions of the interlocking realms of eros, religion, psychology, gender relations, spirituality and sexuality. We will begin with a discourse on what androgyny is and isn’t, its history and role in human development individually and historically. The second part will employ androgyny as a key to unlock the ring symbolism of the Tolkien mythology which will expand the meaning of androgyny and illustrate its extreme relevance to the present human predicament individually and collectively.

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