Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes the Thrice Great” or “Thrice Blessed”) is a legendary Hellenistic character said to be the author of the Hermetica, apparently divinely inspired texts dealing with cosmology and the dynamics of the spiritual life. Scholars say the name Hermes Trismegistus arose from a combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian deity… Read More Hermes Trismegistus – The number three goes a long way
Infused knowledge is a specific type of knowledge outlined mostly by believing theologians. It usually refers to the direct or “imprinted” knowledge that Jesus Christ possessed, but the term may apply to anyone. King Solomon, for example, was known for his tremendous wisdom and apparently possessed infused knowledge. Most everyday Christians believe that people other… Read More Infused Knowledge – What do we know? How do we know?
Ever since he was a child, the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was an introspective person, always trying to make sense of his day and nighttime realities. So it’s not surprising that he coined the term “individuation” to represent a life-long process of self-realization. For Jung, the ultimate goal in life is not about repressing evil… Read More Carl Jung and the Individuation Process
“Tailored Brain” author Emily Willingham talked to us on the myths and truths of brain hacking Source: “Our brain is not a slot machine,” so quit trying to hack it | Salon.com Opinion: Before the internet but when we still used personal computers, I wonder how many people could have envisioned the wired, Wi-Fi, BlueTooth,… Read More “Our brain is not a slot machine,” so quit trying to hack it | Salon.com | Opinion
St. John of the Cross (originally Juan de Yepes y Álvarez 1542-91) was a Spanish mystic born in Ávila. As a Carmelite monk, John and Teresa of Ávila founded the Discalced Carmelites. In Toledo, he was imprisoned in 1577 but escaped and became Vicar Provincial of Andalusia (1585-87).¹ Today, St. John of the Cross is… Read More St. John of the Cross shows us another way | Opinion
Ever heard of Rasputin? He was a Russian peasant who rose up through the ranks to become confidant and friend of the Russian Czar Nicholas II and especially of Nicholas’ Czarina wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, who was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Just how Rasputin wormed his way into the royal family is a bit of… Read More Rasputin – Russian rascal or Slavonic sage? – A quick look at The Last Czars
In Jainism the jin is the liberated soul, living in what is believed to be the highest aspect of reality. With absolutely no attachment to lower levels of existence, including this world of becoming, it does not intercede nor intervene in response to prayer requests. This extreme detachment differentiates Jainism from Hinduism and Catholicism in… Read More Jin – The ‘liberated’ soul who doesn’t help others?
Last night while doing some laundry I found this short report I wrote back in India. Rabindranath Tagore founded the university at Santiniketan where I did my Indian M.A., which was quite a different experience for me. In this brief paper, I employed what I used to call my “international” English. Instead of an abundance… Read More A trip down memory lane… Surplus and Transcendence
William James (1842-1910) was an American pragmatist philosopher and psychologist and the brother of the novelist Henry James. James suffered poor health and frequent bouts of psychological exhaustion but this did not adversely affect his work. His Principles of Psychology (1890) became a standard textbook for psychologists, influencing Carl Jung among others. His collected lectures… Read More William James – Can a wealthy and connected intellectual really understand mysticism?
Magician James Randi, whose daring escapes were later eclipsed by his work as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died. The Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation announced its founder … Source: James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92 | Your Valley Obituary and Opinion: Randi’s passing marks the end of an era. For me,… Read More James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92 | Your Valley | Obituary & Opinion