On doing nothing

Overtired by multitasking (again) I decided to spend a whole day doing nothing. Assuming I could remember how… After a while my mind was relatively quiet, for a change, and I decided to wash the pots. That’s not exactly demanding – is it? Practically counts as nothing …   I ambled through the task, reveling… Continue reading On doing nothing

Old lady, sweeping – lyrics

Old lady sweeps her path, every day In summer it’s dust, they’re making hay In Spring there’s litter, her hand springs “She must be bored.” but she sings   In winter there’s snow, her stiff broom! “She must be simple.”  well … she’s in tune “She has nought to do” she’s busy; they aren’t “She… Continue reading Old lady, sweeping – lyrics

Dependency v freedom … Erich Fromm

With so much pressure to conform, not only from ‘family’ and one’s place of birth, but nowadays from all sorts of publishing, advertising and social media, it’s hardly surprising that people have crises of confidence about who they are and their aspirations. The pressure to conform is often greatest from those who haven’t dealt with… Continue reading Dependency v freedom … Erich Fromm

Emerson – The foundation of your peace is yourself

  Words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance. Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and… Continue reading Emerson – The foundation of your peace is yourself

authenticity in an ailing society

A quote from Shakespeare Hamlet. Required reading in these times … This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell, my blessing season this in thee! Related: psychology, self knowledge, wisdom and quotes   🦉 ©… Continue reading authenticity in an ailing society

Human evolution – the Senzar language

  The prophetic record of human destiny and evolution. I’m very pleased that I bought the book : The Book of Secret wisdom – translated by Zinovia Dushkova but the first couple of readings were completely baffling! Sometimes it seems to be talking of the familiar physical world, and often about the world of Gods… Continue reading Human evolution – the Senzar language

Wholeness and Truth – Buddha

Be ye lamps unto yourselves. Be your own reliance. Hold to the truth within yourselves  As to the only lamp.   Buddha Possibly more relevant and urgent now as politics seems determined to regress into lying contests and the perversion of psychology into targeting unconscious drives and projections. As Edward Edinger says in The Mysterium… Continue reading Wholeness and Truth – Buddha

political wisdom from Noam Chomsky

  Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune. Topical quote from Noam Chomsky – topical because very powerful ‘democracies‘ still exhibit the psychology of the school playground (the opposites) while 0.1% own most of the wealth and use… Continue reading political wisdom from Noam Chomsky

consciousness and creativity in the individual

Quote from the book The Pregnant Virgin, by Marion Woodman   “The individuation process is described by Jung as an opus contra naturam, which means that one must make an effort to not act instinctively (that doesn’t imply being unaware of our instincts). The psychoid process involves both biological and psychic energies. By blocking the… Continue reading consciousness and creativity in the individual

The Divine Feminine in Gnostic Gospels

There are some eye opening accounts of the feminine in the Gnostic Gospels. These accounts open the door to a consideration of the many personifications we meet in dreams, mythology and works of Art and what they might signify. Gnostic Quotes Quotes form The Gnostic Gospels in italics: “… this (male) creator was a derivative,… Continue reading The Divine Feminine in Gnostic Gospels

healthy diet and poverty

Unplugged from food corporations I’ve heard some alarming tales from friends who work with people trapped in poverty and debt. The worst cases, due to the tax and benefits nightmare orchestrated by successive governments, are all people working full-time. Usually, they are working so many hours that they find it difficult to make the best… Continue reading healthy diet and poverty

religious institution or gnostic psychological transformation

A fascinating quote from The Gnostic Gospels: Jesus said, “I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling stream which I have measured out …  also …  he who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that… Continue reading religious institution or gnostic psychological transformation

Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but dont stop!)

I’m always keen to encourage people to make, mend, improve, create ANYTHING, rather than be a passive victim of the drugs of consumerism. But the best aspect of having busy hands goes beyond the product – when one’s hands are busy, the mind has space to be receptive – and this is when the best… Continue reading Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but dont stop!)

3-fold prescription for complete health: Exercise, Healthy Food, sleep

  Personalised exercise for each individual Some good ideas for designing the exercise that suits you, rather than suits what others tell you! Have you tried jump roping, rollerblading, using resistance bands, running stairs, biking around downtown or the park, playing tennis or recreation league soccer, hiking, swimming, kayaking, or dancing? Also recommended: yoga, tai… Continue reading 3-fold prescription for complete health: Exercise, Healthy Food, sleep

a light in the darkness – individual psychology in consumer society

From the final paragraph of The Mysterium Lectures, by post-Jungian psychologist, educator and therapist Dr Edward Edinger; the essence:  “When God is about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham remonstrates: ‘What if there are 5 righteous people there?’ ‘I’ll save it if there are 50.’ ‘What if there are 10?’ ‘I’ll save the city if… Continue reading a light in the darkness – individual psychology in consumer society

Fullness in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures

Quotes from the Nag Hammadi Gospels, on being filled with spirit – often referred to as fullness. The Secret Book of James: Nag Hammadi Scriptures “No-one will enter heaven’s kingdom because I ordered it, but rather because you yourselves are filled.” “Be filled and leave no space empty.” “Be eager for the word. The first… Continue reading Fullness in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures

taking for granted – a miracle / paradise

The World is a miracle 🎇, yet we take it for granted, says the commentary in “The Hermetica“, page 28. Hermes:  How many crafts have been employed, and how many works of art created to form one human being? Statues or portraits don’t just happen without a sculptor or painter.  🎨🖼️🖌️ Has such a sublime… Continue reading taking for granted – a miracle / paradise

A Ridiculous Hypothesis – Most work is an opportunity.

The hypothesis: Everything that we need to do, for whatever reason (other than zero-hours contracts ‘work’ for corporations on a minimum (or less) wage) is an opportunity. Why? That task, and that day, will never occur again, and trying to ‘get it done’ so that we ‘make time’ to collapse in front of the corporate… Continue reading A Ridiculous Hypothesis – Most work is an opportunity.

Mystical experience following a stroke – jill bolte taylor’s stroke of insight

Excellent video on consciousness, and the 2 sides of our brain: Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.   As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she… Continue reading Mystical experience following a stroke – jill bolte taylor’s stroke of insight

Imagination and creative freedom

Thought for the day: Imagination and creative freedom   Einstein had ideas that formed the basis of Quantum Theory and Relativity – the behaviour or energy and the space-time in which it (we!) exist, IE the foundations of all physical science – whilst in a menial job and having time to sail his boat on… Continue reading Imagination and creative freedom