Crystal of the Week

Crystal of the Week: TIGER*S EYE

With the sun currently smack dab in the middle of LEO, I couldn't help but shed some light on the most attributed birthstone to the fire sign, peculiarly enough, not an eye of the lion, but the crystal known as The Eye of the Tiger.

I am very fond of this stone and had a ring given to me as a small child with one in it. Due to my fidgety fingers, I couldn't stop playing with it, and it fell from my hands at a baseball game, down the stadium stairs, gone forever. But I eventually got my hands on another, along with many others.

One does not need to be born in the sign of the fierce lion to appreciate this gem, although with any Leo in your natal chart, whether your moon or your other planetary positions, it would be most ideal for you.  I personally do not have any Leo anywhere in my birth chart; however, I am fondly drawn to many Leos as a Libra Sun, and this stone seems to do wonders for that reason. 

This stone is a power stone for Leo in particular simply because it shines the light reflection of one’s ruler, the Sun. Like Leos, the stones radiate a glowing light and an energy, keeping one calm and naturally confident at times when others may not be, or situations may not allow.

Tiger’s Eye is also a stone for abundance and will help you with manifesting your greatest dreams and unblocking your inner creativity.  It combines the condensed energy of the Earth with the bright life energy of the Sun, to give a grounded yet high and mighty vibration. The golden accents of this healing gemstone help bring forth a sunny perspective for happy thoughts and positive outlooks, perfect for manifesting and dealing with fierce courage and a strong will.

Metaphysical Monday

SHARPIES & SPACETIME

Can't get no satisfaction in the faction of the right and wrong

When the heart beats only for your world, then there's nothing greater than the song;

But when fingertips can grasp the action, making music for the higher mind,

A novel love will be unfurled, an encounter with a spacial kind;

Cant seem to find the knowledge with the whole world in its hands,

The truth consumed by school of college, the apple's eye then understands

When you bite off more than you can chew, there is nothing left to feel or do

The waiting is the hardest part, the world seems either red or blue.

Philosophy Friday

PHILOSOPHY CAMPAIGN

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.
— Hunter S. Thompson

While the term politics has an origin in the philosophy of humanity and the control of ethics, its modern connotation in today’s culture is synonymous with government, talking heads, big egos, false promises, and small hope.  The fact is, despite the myriad opinion regarding politicians as individuals, politics itself is an ancient practice of philosophy and the desire to define something so abstract, from a multitude of perspectives.  Perhaps that is the biggest flaw of all: the human will to extract and control the abstraction of the mind, in the form of thought, which over time becomes jargon, policies, doctrines, and legislation.

In political philosophy years back, I learned about the foundations of society and government, focusing on topics like freedom and liberty, law and order, the idea of property, and the belief in justice.   The term itself often refers to a general perception of the people (wherever that me be in time or place) or may be a specific ethical viewpoint.  This is very similar to the term political ideology. Political science is the technical side of this, while political philosophy is considered to be a humanities discipline in academia.  The more typical name is political theory, a discipline which is closer to the social sciences. 

These labels within the actual category of politics take away from the essence of its being.  Being raised in a country that is very proud, boasting politics and government as good and superior, it is engrained in our counter culture to have an aversion to it, as it is engrained in the mainstream’s mind to vote and take part in your patriotism.  As a result, there is negativity streaming in from all sides.  The media propaganda and the political debates full of hate are shouting at us all the time.  It deafens us to the truth of the matter as we tune it out or take drastic sides to retaliate.  We are unable to see things as they are when we are rushed into choosing a side, unsure of what our own beliefs truly are. 

This proves to me that politics has morphed into a business.  It is a funding of national dichotomy, to keep us at each other’s throats, bickering over the miniscule things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of this beautiful life.  Politics thrives off of our fear to survive and our need to belong.  If we could only see for one moment that we are brothers and sisters and we can rise up to the challenge of a new world, not necessarily of order, but of peace.  If we could all agree to disagree, keeping hateful politics out of the heart and the home.  That may be a farfetched unthinkable idea, but all ideas eventually lead somewhere.  That—at least—is my philosophy, my hope, my personal politics. 

 

Words with Wednesday

What cannot be said above all, must not be silenced but written.
— Jacques Derrida

Language Artistry, a poem

He said it--spoke it! That thing into being:

semantics, words, now wet with meaning;

the sound of language, the communication,

rolling tongues like romance with salivation;

The intergalactic magic and numbers,

obscures the simple to encumber the thunder;

chatter and music and the disputed matter,

computed practice of the latter data,

 

The good sense, nonsense, the wild desire, 

a love connection like fuel to transpire;

the free will of choice and bottomless verses,

to acquaint and paint like the eternal curses.  

Crystal of the Week

-AMETHYST-

Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars.
— Serbian Proverb
My first Amethyst Point.

I could not help but initiate this information session on crystals with my absolute favorite of all.  It is a favorite stone to many people and a very popular one.  But I don’t choose it as a favorite for its majestic beauty, nor for its wondrous healing qualities, but rather, because it is the stone for the current awakening we know to be the AGE OF AQUARIUS.  It is a time when people are waking up to the truth of themselves and the undeniable connection to each other. The interconnections of humanity on a global scale is not something to be feared, but it is something to be revered as it is also changing with the earth itself.  We have a responsibility to each other and also to nature.  

It is a critical time of necessary awakening, the sleepy-eyed wakeful kindness and deliriously innate goodness within the human spirit.  It is a critical time for waking up to one’s true purpose, for the greater purpose of goodness.  I am still somewhat young to the whole scene that has been dubbed “New Age” that is actually as ancient as the hills and also misunderstood with negative connotations.  Like astrology, crystal-ology [the knowledge and vibration of crystals] is older than religion.  It is a gateway of sorts to the spiritual divine or mystical experience that is also known as life.  That being said, it is all in what you make it. 

Personally, this crystal is special, as it was my very first and it kind of…chose me.  Well, technically, the psychic medium at the shop I was browsing used the pendulum to determine which crystal I should have that day, but I had known in my mind what it looked like as I was lured into the shop on a whim. The Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is sheer jagged purple magic!  It changed my life the moment I brought it home. 

The activation of the third eye is indeed what happened with my amethyst experience, among other things which elevated my preexisting spiritual experience, and balanced my emotions.  The spiritual vibration was so high that I would dream lucidly.  I carried it with me daily for months, and became aware of my life as a lucid dream itself, with the ability to shape it how I wished.  It was truly magical and a momentous point in my life.  The presence of the stone during mediation and Reiki allowed it to open my chakras immensely.  It was so powerful and allowed me to finally regain emotional control and have balance over my psyche. 

It’s needless to say that this crystal opened up doors or windows for me that shifted my consciousness forever.  I no longer carry it with me every day, as its presence is powerful, but I am still so very fond to this crystal that sincerely shaped my life.  If you are looking for a starter stone, this is a good one to consider for your custom orgonite.  


-COMMON ATTRIBUTES-

PROTECTION

CREATIVITY

SPIRITUALITY

SELF KNOWLEDGE

INSIGHT


-EFFECTED CHAKRAS-

THIRD EYE (6th)

CROWN (7th)


 -AFFILIATED ZODIAC-

AQUARIUS

PISCES

VIRGO

CAPRICORN


-PHYSICAL HEALING-

NERVOUS SYSTEM

ADDICTION

STOMACH

SKIN

INSOMNIA


-METAPHYSICAL ACTIVATION-

PRAYER

MEDITATION

PSYCHIC HEALING

INTUITION ENHANCEMENT

COMMUNION


-COMMON LOCATION-

BRAZIL

BOLIVIA

MEXICO

AFRICA

USA/CANADA

RUSSIA


Metaphysical Monday

LESSONS IN REIKI

JUST FOR TODAY…
*I will not be angry
*I will not worry
*I will be grateful
*I will do my work honestly
*I will be kind to every living thing

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Listed above are the five reiki principles of which I needed a reminder, by the minute, today. Just for this minute, I will not do these things. My patience has been tested and I didn't always succeed in virtue, but I've put it down for right now and won't worry about it. I wrote a long blog post on a whim, which was the perfect post for my topic of reiki. At the moment I went to save my post, my phone glitched and booted me out of my app. Of course when I went back to the post, nothing of which I had produced was saved. I was beyond upset. But I realized in an instant that my fret was exactly what it was as a reminder that life is imperfect and yet I must also practice the things on which I speak. I will let it go and not try to mimic the thoughts now lost to the interwebs, as I simply sum up what reiki is:

Reiki is a Japanese healing art for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by the touch or laying of hands, and is based on the idea that an unseen life force or e energy flows through us and thay is what causes us to be alive. Simple awareness, perhaps common sense may tell us that. Some know it as chi, prana, holy pirit, and so on. If one's "life force energy" is low, then more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, more capable of being happy and healthy.

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The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means God, or Wisdom, or Higher Power, and Ki which is life force energy. So Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy." 
A treatment or attunement of the chakras feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. It is a treatment of body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many benefits, to  include relaxation, and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. A simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion as it hadno dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. It is in my opinion simply the secret to inviting happiness and joy.  If you find it, may your enjoy!

Celestial Sunday

This weekend's fully charged full moon happens once in a blue moon, needing no more words than these, from the Sufi poet I adore, Rumi:

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 "At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won't use the door, only the window."

Hope your weekend was magical and that you and yours are blessed and grateful in the coming week. 

Philosophy Friday

Philosophy of Relativity

   Masses, Oil on Canvas by Brandon Hingley

 

Masses, Oil on Canvas by Brandon Hingley

A Physicist Philosopher: The Thoughts of Albert Einstein.  

The most famous of physicists knew that matter could not exist as separate 'particles:

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and tfridao affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. ...
I wished to show that space time is not necessarily something to which one can ascribe to a separate existence, independently of the actual objects of physical reality. Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. In this way the concept 'empty space' loses its meaning.
Since the theory of general relativity implies the representation of physical reality by a continuous field, the concept of particles or material points cannot play a fundamental part, nor can the concept of motion. The particle can only appear as a limited region in space in which the field strength or the energy density are particularly high.”

When asked to sum up the general theory of relativity in one sentence:

“Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.”

Matter is the matter and is connected across the universe. 

 

Words with Wednesday

Venus has gone retrograde, there is a blue Aquarian moon on Friday, and my own moon sign is in Aquarius, revealing this inner nature and these inner words of my soul:

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AQUARIAN MOON WOMAN

Bearing conscience like water

Of the moonlight whole,

On the shoulders basking

In the potter's soul;

The periwinkle paradox,

Betwixt before the mystic rock;

The slave of none, gratitude of One,

The shyest of the queens--

To quench the rising sun's exhaustion,

Drawing love from a unique stream, 

to rinse the drying and saturate

the parched seeds of a dying dream.

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Words with Wednesday

Searing Seer

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I spy with my Infinite Eye

Pupils peering down from the sky;

Woodland fairies, hobbits, Horace,

Birdies eyes to chirp in chorus;

Third Eye Power to The Seventh Chakra

Egyptian, Hindu, Mystic Tantra

Celtic, Shaman, Americana;

Rise to the top to break through the crown

Sprouted at root, when I was low down;

Knowledge sacred, trees and earth,  

Shadows always show on dirt

Eye am barefoot and eye am free,

the counter culture, the natural high

the mystic wonder released on a sigh.

 

Metaphysical Monday: Orgonite Demystified

"Our entire biological system, the brain and the earth itself, work on the same frequencies." ~Nikola Tesla 

Today is Metaphysical Monday at Superior Life Energy and it commences with the midsummer markdown of all custom Orgonite. That being said, there is no better time for the topic of conversation on that which is the foundation at Superior Life Energy, and that being the unfamiliar term, coined Orgonite.  For those who are unfamiliar with the beautiful little pyramids, or the strange word which is underlined in red, still unrecognized by my Word dictionary:

What in the world is Orgonite?

Don’t feel bad if you do not know this, as I am an avid connoisseur of metaphysical conversation, and I was also unaware of its purpose, prior to this endeavor.  When I started working for Superior Life Energy a little over a month ago, I was eager to learn about this interesting and mysterious little treasure.  After a phone call with the owner who broke down the history of orgone, as well as the purpose of Orgonite, I still conducted my own research to ensure the accuracy of his claims. I was blown away with the findings.  It solidified my own knowledge of crystals and propelled me into another understanding of the energy available to us on this earth.

Possibly one of the oldest phenomena of technological pursuits, Orgonite is the namesake of a Metal and Fiberglass resin, part of an elemental matrix with crystals and stones that was revived by biologist and inventor, Wilhelm Reich, in the early part of the 20th century. Orgonite absorbs buried and sometimes unfavorable energy and transmutes it into positive and uplifting energy. The particular layering of earth elements is what puts this energy out at a valuable frequency. Among many findings, it functions as an air ionizer, reducing the effects of free radicals. Common uses for the Orgonite include attaining greater focus in meditation and natural healing.  

Essentially, the orgone is made into orgonite pyramids, or molds of various choices, for an aesthetic and practical purpose.  The pyramid has a sacred geometric shape, appealing to the majority of clients, and therefore a staple at Superior Life Energy.  

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Celestial Sunday

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Today, the weather was weird. It was hot as hell and it was humid. I suppose I shouldn't complain, considering what other climates experience in equal and opposite extremes. And considering I hate the God-awful winter, I should be lounging poolside and shutting my mouth, being quiet and to just enjoy it. Today it stormed and acted foolish all the while it seemed to be clear. No grey looming skies but just a random crack of lighting and bam, it's full on storming. It rained while it was sunny and with blue skies. Beautiful and crazy as hell but not quite disastrous. While I had planned to discuss astrological phenomena, the phase of the moon on this celestial Sunday, I talk today about the weather. Not sure how to approach the sun being in cancer as I myself am a bit crabby. The new moon is still veiled, so the light is dim tonight, as is my intuition. Some days you just gotta wonder how the winds come and go as they do, wonder maybe why not you. 

Philosophy Friday

Doomsday: A Mind Blowing Non-Prophecy 

Almost everyone, within every generation of every era, in every place that ever had a culture; of every one true religion within politically corrupt and bankrupt spirituality; all over the great big, round [or once flat] world has thought that the world was or is going to end. This is probably because of the general understanding that the world will end at some point, proven by theoretical science and stated by many a  colorful prophecy.

But most precisely, the world as we know it will end at the point of our own dying day. 

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The fear of apocalypse is merely the fear of a comfortable death and the avoidance of a humble one.  Doom and Gloom tactics are quite simply...chances to speculate on the importance of ourselves. Those ideas are cloaked in the hopes of going out with a great big, grand and intentional bang.  Perhaps it gives another chance at chance. 
 

The notion of the end of time is an advanced animal's privilege and becomes a  boring luxury. When life itself is feared, it is feared out of complacency.  At that point, it seems that the only survival we are up against is the crushing weight of our own egos.  We are gasping for air and suffocating by the weight of it all in a highly complex world. 

But rather than using our intense and powerful breath to breathe deeply, get up and overthrow that ugly beast, all we can do is wallow in our pity and seep slowly into the ground. The only thing left to do in this case is to create a doomsday underworld with our remnant imagination, instead of using it to kick the devil’s ass and create a heaven on earth.

It is the paradox of a privileged yet unfortunate soul to be in this miraculous day and age, spending all of his precious time on fear, with not even a dime left for love or life.  Many souls drift aimlessly through their lives in search of a perfect souvenir for their deaths. While they cling to the artificial plastic, they do not realize the higher power or the one that is within them. 

If only they would realize the power of now, they would know deep down that they cannot take this world with them.  That aha moment at the last minute is the suffocation of eternity.  They realize they cannot go back to the store to return the souvenir. They can never regain the time badly spent.

Whether it is science to theorize, or a revelation to prophecise, the end of the world is never near--if you choose to have no fear!

Words with Wednesday

Newsworthy

On an illusory, sun-drenched day, 

Or in the twilight without end,

As lost in pillowed lofts of grey—

Remember to ignite your light!

 

Refuse invasive information,  

Blinding the squinted, omniscient Eye,               

Fattening souls, starved for sensation—                    

Remember to ignite your light!

 

Empathy from curiosity,    

Spares the fat yet stealthy cat,  

Preys on atrophied philosophy— 

Remember to ignite your light!

 

On a shattered, seeping, devoid day                                             

Or in the gloom and doom of Then                                            

As forever lost in drenched dismay—                  

Remembrance won’t reflect your light!

Ignite the light: Smile, I see you! :)

Ignite the light: Smile, I see you! :)

Crystal Visions

The Down to Earth POWER of Crystals

Custom Orgonite, Superior Life Energy

Custom Orgonite, Superior Life Energy

Since ancient times, humanity has used crystals, gemstones, and various other earth elements as a means of natural, emotional, and physical healing.  Long before the western dominance of psychiatric practices and prescription drug fixes, there was knowledge of the natural healing power of a stone from the earth.  The vibrations vary greatly, as do people, and are suitable for many different purposes.  The metaphysical properties of stones and crystals resonate with different people, for different reasons, at different times and occasions. There is collective research of the practice, exploring ancient folklore of various cultures, the science of psychology, and observation of patterns in human behavior. That is truly what makes the customizable #organite such a valuable one.

Many indigenous cultures have awareness of the power of crystals, but the mainstream population does not value it as such.  Rather than call it a medicine or a practice or a ritual or a craft, I refer to it as a healing art.  It is an art form for various reasons, based on the elements, earth, and hands that have shaped it.  It is also an art form for the simple fact that is gives an emotional response and elevation of vibration akin to prayer and therapy.  It helps to aid the ancient energy healing of the chakras, known as Reiki, as well as a basi. Emotional Healing through a simple, natural connection to earth. It is unfortunately overshadowed by the science of government and the big pharma organization with their hands in everyone's pocket. To keep them coming back for more, and the quick fix of prescription of salesmanship. 

I am not saying that crystals can heal the sickly, but I'm also not saying they can't. The truth is, the emotional state and mental health of the people in today's society is unstable. The beauty of the crystals is their ability to clear the negative energies that possess our minds and sometimes bodies. There are many ancient beliefs which attest to this, many of which are part of the Eastern health philosophies, Vedic practice, Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, Yoga, and Reiki. Luckily, an awakening is underway for the ones who seek these kinds of healings. 

What led people to discover the magic of crystals, you may wonder?  Perhaps it was the evolving search for beauty and meaning that led to a seemingly magical quality of a dazzling gemstone?  After all, when you combine beauty with practicality, it can certainly shine through.  Form and Function is an ancient Greek philosophy that discusses this divine quality and combination.  Perhaps even in the darkest times of great emotional stress and in an age that is strained from a broken society, the great healing power of mother earth can shine through to us. 

There are some customs which have stuck around, based on crystal healing, all having an underlying truth.  Sadly, these half-truths have been twisted and altered for the gain of greed and politics.  The common knowledge of a birthstone goes no further than to suffice as a mass produced gift on a Hallmark Holiday.  The diamond industry for the sale of marriages. So the knowledge of crystal healing, and the true meaning is lost in so many ways (and a critical discussion for another day). 

Regardless of the bling-greed that seemingly dominates society, the truth of the matter (at the core of our society’s sick obsession) is out there for the seekers.  The internet is full of interesting information that has carried through into our modern culture.  It is best to research at your local bookstores, or consult with an expert or healer in your area, as the internet may have just as much incorrect information as it does have valuable.  The Age of Aquarius has shed light on these esoteric truths that span eras and cultures across the globe. There are various belief systems involving them, and perhaps that is what gives it such a rich character.  The diversity of it all has an underlying connection of beautiful magnitude which can bring us all together, in nature, in love, and in harmony.  Let your love shine and your truth speak, and come to know the healing magic of crystals, and join me each week for an enlightening perspective of the splendid plethora.

Amethyst Points Amped by Clear Quartz and a Sandstone Pyramid. Charged by the sun and observed by the shadow.

Amethyst Points Amped by Clear Quartz and a Sandstone Pyramid. Charged by the sun and observed by the shadow.

Metaphysical Monday

"Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly."  -William James

Oil Pastel on BFK : "Unveiling Light"  by Brandon Hingley

Oil Pastel on BFK: "Unveiling Light"  by Brandon Hingley

Another weekend has come and gone, followed by the least popular and most hectic day of the work week. Mondays are infamously manic for most of us; so therefore, what better way to end the day than by reading something a little less mundane and little more crazy than the ongoings in your own little world?  The mutual understanding of clockwork insanity is very gratifying...trust me.  

To the everyday common person, all things metaphysical can be strange and less familiar than normal. It's not something readily available for conversation and is quite often deemed as cookoo. Metaphysics: It is the strange matter outside of the box but based in our world, hanging onto reasoning, in a similiar fashion to philosophy with more grounding.  Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things which include concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.  The actual science of those things would be considered Quantum Physics, using modern theories proven by scientists, such as Quantum Theory, Quantum Entanglement, and so on.  

Quantum theory is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level. The nature and behavior of matter and energy at that level is sometimes referred to as quantum physics and quantum mechanics.  

While I am intrigued by the science of matter, I am no scientist, and am simply speculating on similar topics of interest each week.  If you want a strange look at the otherwise monotonous Monday, then by all means, find it here. 

Celestial Sunday

Image: Somewhere , by Rochelle Loren

Image: Somewhere , by Rochelle Loren

Among the vast differences of humanity on the earth, the one thing that we all look up to is the big sky above our heads.  Whether the weather it boasts is beautiful, fairly well, or disastrous,  it holds common conversation for strangers.  Whether night or day, it holds a place for both the sun and moon; the chance for life and a guiding light.  Whether we are lying on the ground, making shapes out of clouds, or looking through a scope finding planets in the stars, it is an onward and upward perspective.  It is a backdrop of creativity, curiosity, and hope, flying kites upon the wayward wind and making wishes on a falling star.  The sky envelops the world for us all, and is mutually respected as ours, no matter where we are on the planet. 

Out of the blue, clear sky, this idea has come to me, to observe and talk of the endless heavens.  To be grounded and to always be looking up: that is my point for Celestial Sunday.  Join me each week for posts on reflection, inspiration, and uplifted perspective.  Whether small talk about the weather, or big ideas of stellar observation, I will remind you of the supreme goodness of being alive. Remember to keep your chin up and  choose to make your days into beautiful reflections of the sky above you.    

 

 

"I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God." 

Abraham Lincoln

Philosophy Friday

phi·los·o·phy: noun; the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin

Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin

 

In University Philosophy 101, one learns the history of knowledge based on different schools of thought that exist in our more modern global outlook, strongly influenced by western practice, with a small discussion of eastern wisdom. Two weeks in and I was bored to death with this course my freshman year; unimpressed by the dry historical labels, names of old men, places and things without meaning; the endless textbook reading and memorization of things without stories. It was not what I imagined pretentious old philosophers would ponder while smoking their pipes, or stroking their unusual beards, reading and drinking scotch in their wood stained studies; it was not my preconceived notion of what wizardry should or could or would very possibly involve. This was not what I hoped it was at all, I told myself, excusing my slacker ways while skipping class every other week. 

I chose Philosophy as an elective and I was stoked, but this class was becoming a let down quickly. I almost gave up hope that it was something kind of like what we touched on when we were kids, while speculating the supernatural or mysterious things in the dark. I almost gave up the idea that it could connect me somehow to the mystical side of math and numbers and magic maybe. I almost gave up that it was sort of like the deep stuff one may talk about with closest friends at 2am getting blazed and raised in the grass. I finally gave up on those ideas when I discovered it was something different, but kind of the same too. Better yet, it could help me deal with those crazy perspectives on life and make more sense of the whole.

When I started to realize that it is not about the names of the dead people and the names of their methods, and stopped buying the text books, I learned from another point of view, which was my own. Contrary to popular belief which comes with a high price in the form of a college degree, you can teach yourself and learn on your own. This requires more effort and research, from reputable and responsible sources, not just Googling things on the Internet...but hey...that's a great start and is also the spark of an inquisitive mind, and may or may not have led you here to me, and I thank you for that.

I came out of my boredom for Philosophy when I learned that to learn philosophy, it is not actually taught or learned; it is not taught to you, but rather, it is learned through you. If you can actually unlearn what you think you already know, to truly know IT at its root, you then must do the work and you can then extract the knowledge from it.  And to the dismay of many who are not natural born philosophers, the answer is never readily given, is quite often rhetorical and in the form of another question. [confused yet?] 

One method I learned in class and hope to put into practice is The Socratic Method. It was a revolutionary idea developed by Socrates which created a new method of teaching in contrast to the filling up the student with knowledge. Instead: Questions were asked from the students, to truly engage, and then also to pull it out of the general understanding within them already. Not to tell them what to think, but rather to allow them to derive their own thoughts. Not opinions, but facts using reason and logic.

The Greeks were innovative and introduced profound systems that have influenced politics, organized religion, intelligence, and education today. Knowledge possessed by the ancient Greeks has been passed down since roughly 300 BC, into the organizations of government still flourishing; pushed on through organized religion, the dominance of a new world, and now set forth in an education system, onto higher education achieved by dollars, and into the mind of a good guy University Professor who passed it down to me.  These philosophical thoughts, by the way, are not to be confused with beliefs, as that is crossing into another discussion of particular philosophy, as their are many branches of theology. Spirituality is classically separate and so is science.

The eastern world of Philosophy is actually composed of the ancient wisdom of the sages, a vast array of spirituality, and ancient customs, and therefore does not readily fit into the discussion of classical philosophy, as defined by the western world.  The majority of my discussions for Philosophy Friday will be composed of eastern thought, and which is why I am so in depth today with the explanation from the west. 

It's strange to me but not surprising how thoughts, ideas, and thinking has been so feared by the religious world and now also the political one. It's also strange to me that my college career puts more value on the math and sciences than the humanities. I know Numbers and Science and Business are important...to many...but, humanities too, hello? I won't discuss my opinions or personal philosophy on the importance of art and music right now, but Philosophy is considered a humanity and less important to our current society for some reason.

Philosophy is one of the fundamental building blocks of our society and perhaps the origin of it is the essence of the thinking human being.  It has somehow only become wrapped up in politics, opinions, beliefs.  Politics are only composed of two main ideas, generally speaking, left and right, conservative and liberal.  The fact is, philosophy and the ability to reason and use logic is what gives us the ability to think far more into the situation at hand regarding politics.

I wonder how many people today actually take the time to ponder questions, or take a class that makes them think outside the box?

Some people think that those differences in perspectives are perhaps the things that create more and more differences and more and more instability in the world.  Perhaps, that is true.  But so long as we exist as a global society, that will indeed take place.  Wouldn't one want to be able to use reason and logic instead of being brainwashed by the mass media or political agendas?  Instead of fighting, we all know that agreeing to disagree or accepting our differences would certainly help. We are caught up on the labels of things and unable to see past them.  Philosophy can actually allow us to debate things and also use our reasoning to find compassion and understanding for other thoughts and ideas besides our own, and other beliefs and cultures. 

Personal Books and Photo by Rochelle Loren

Personal Books and Photo by Rochelle Loren

Nature.  Reality.  Existence.  Despite the formal definition of Philosophy being based on the academic version, it is able to be understood by the most common man.  Knowledge has been feared by the authority, for the simple fact it cannot be controlled.  It is not a gateway to evil; it is not the devil with horns and a pitch fork that makes them do it; it is not true that innocent children are born bad; it is not just the way it is and it is not how it must always be; it is able to be understood and therefore we are infinitely blessed or cursed, depending on which perspective you take.

I see it as a blessing, when mixed with love, compassion, and curiosity; it is the inner human ability to change the world. Philosophy is just the beginning.

The Cave

The light that has pierced your darkness is real! It is hard to budge, at first, but you shall. It's easy to squint for a stint, and you will. 

But know this as you lie in your cave: 

You, yourself, are no longer a stone, but rather, you are a dazzling gem! The elements have shaped you, the world has buried you, and the pressure has changed you. And those things inside you, they move and unearth you.

The sharp light that has cut you flows with you and for you.  As it will, as you wish, it will go through you still.  Behold! But don't hold your breath. Breathe deeply, hold-tight, and you will cast a prism for the world as we know it. 

The light is a star for the wise men; a sunbeam for the dreary kind. 

It's a light-switch flipped in a closet, or a dimmer switch for the cautious. 

It's the gleam in the eye of the lover, or within a dream that is slowly dying. 

It's a torch in the black unknown, and the porch-light on of its intuition. 

It's a moonlit night of truth in shadows, and a cold one with a fire on the mountain. 

It's the glow in the faces of mothers, and the lamplighters for the sisters and brothers. 

It's the light-years traveled together for love--it's all we are here, as within and above.