The American Dialect Society held its annual “Word of the Year” vote for 2016.

The winner was dumpster fire: an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation. (e.g. US election)

In third and fourth place were normalize (what was once unacceptable) and post-truth. But sitting at number two?


Yep, it is in part a reference to enlightened. It also made the slang word of the year list. Of course, it’s use is casual and generalized but it’s fascinating to see words like this migrate into common use.

My, we live in interesting times. … Continue Reading…

Before The World Was Made

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.

What if I look upon a man
As though on my beloved,
And my blood be cold the while
And my heart unmoved?
Why should he think me cruel
Or that he is betrayed?
I’d have him love the thing that was
Before the world … Continue Reading…

Salutation to the Dawn

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty—

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day. 

— Kalidasa

Consciousness as the Ultimate Reality

Rick Archer of Buddha at the Gas Pump fame shared this article. I quite enjoyed it and asked if I could post it here.

by Rick Archer

At this year’s [SAND] conference I’ll be moderating a discussion between Bernardo Kastrup and physicist John Hagelin. I wrote this little essay in the context of some correspondence with Bernardo, after my interview with him on Buddha at the Gas Pump. He and I were working from the assumption that consciousness is the ultimate reality, manifest creation being an excitation of … Continue Reading…

The Afterlife

This little parable has been making the rounds recently, so I thought I’d share it.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat … Continue Reading…

My Secret is Silence

My Secret is Silence

The waves of mind
demand so much of Silence.
But She does not talk back
does not give answers nor arguments.
She is the hidden author of every thought
every feeling
every moment.
She speaks only one word.
And that word is this very existence.
No name you give Her
touches Her
captures Her.
No understanding
can embrace Her.
Mind throws itself at Silence
demanding to be let in.
But no mind can enter into
Her radiant … Continue Reading…

Happiness Matters

You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard the Pharrell Williams song Happy. Here’s some quotes from a recent article of his in the NY Times.

Happiness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triviality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recognize its existence.

Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it … Continue Reading…

7 Years

I launched this blog as In2Deep 7 years and 1295 articles ago this week. It went a little quiet while I got my grad degree a few years ago. And a couple of times while major falling away was occurring within. A year and a half ago, I picked up the Davidya.ca domain and in January this year, it was all migrated to the current site.

When I launched, I was in the middle of writing a related book that foundered on the realities of publishing (rightfully) the following year. Still a work in progress (there’s a lot to cover), … Continue Reading…

Forfeiting Creative Being

They pass over themselves and all that is created, God and the Godhead, and they say that God is nothing and that they are nothing as well. Nothing is neither blissful nor damned, neither working nor idle, neither God nor creature, neither good nor evil. See, in this way they have forfeited their created being and have become nothing, just as, in their imagination, God is nothing. Heaven and earth and all that God has made have being and existence. These unbelievers say ‘We are nothing and our God is nothing.
– Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec (John of) … Continue Reading…

The Dalai Lama on the Meaning of Life

Today I saw an article on Slate about the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Mexico in April, 1991. Near the end of the article, a waitress asks him “What is the meaning of life?

In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one. People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question. There was a brief, stunned silence at the table.

The Dalai Lama answered immediately. “The meaning of life is happiness.” He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the … Continue Reading…