Reading Articles

I usually publish articles in the sequence in which they arise. They sometimes tie into each other. And I tend to publish articles in batches. It makes more marketing sense to post one or two at a time and spread them out but that’s not what usually happens. (laughs) Both the blog and the newsletter post the latest article to the top so you can find yourself reading the articles backwards, newest to oldest. You may find it flows better if you start with the oldest. At the bottom of each article, you’ll find a link to the right for … Continue Reading…

Words

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? Woke 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. Davidya

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 was made.   — William B. Yeats (emphasis mine) Set to music (YouTube)

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 that underlying field, and were discussing whether inanimate objects can be conscious. … 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 from … 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. Silence. 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 darkness Her pure and smiling nothingness. The mind hurls itself into sacred questions. But Silence remains unmoved by … 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 free.” “So yes, … 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) in … Continue Reading…