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3. This Thing You’re Reading

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
One problem with this theory-of-everything project is that I never had to reduce my new worldview down to words before, and it’s a pretty weird thing to do. This is not a minor issue. This is paradigm-level stuff and virtually everyone, regardless of other differences, inhabits the same top-level paradigm. How would you describe your reality to someone from another? Can you even think of a story or film that takes place in a different top-level paradigm? I’ve wracked my brain for many long seconds without success.

The paradigm gap between reader and writer is real and wide. I’m expressing theory, but I’m not operating from theory. I’m decompiling the enlightened perspective for the purpose of expression, but this is my living reality. I suppose it’s to be expected that any paradigm other than one’s own must necessarily seem insane, but if that’s where truth leads, then that’s where seekers gotta go............ See All Chapters
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1 The Path of Light

Foundation, Anasazi Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A few days into my journey, still kicking against nature,
I swung at what turned out to be poison oak.

I cursed my carelessness and
my anticipated discomfort and pain.

Truly all creation is against me, I murmured.

Later that day, I tripped in a bone-dry creek bed,
smashing my knee against a rock.
I remember grimacing in pain toward an empty sky.

As I lay there, I recalled words my father had spoken to me
while on a hunt: “WE who lose our footing have lost our
way,” he had said. “Our walking is in darkness.”

What did he mean by walking in darkness? I wondered, as
I picked myself up and limped on my way. And what did
darkness have to do with stumbling in daylight?

Despite my anger toward my father, in that moment I had to
accept that I had seen my father, and the great ones among
our people, sure-footed and rooted upon the earth as any
tree or plant, yet as light as a seed upon the wind.

This memory awakened my life to light
and for a moment brightened a son’s hurting heart.

Young friend, each morning offers lessons in light.
For the morning light teaches the most basic of truths:

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I stroll from group to group and listen in and hear talk of Brett, talk of the story Lisa just shared, talk of the critical differences between the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen, talk of boyfriend shortcomings, talk of an exciting new spiritual teacher in Maryland who has her students roll their eyes up during meditation so they can see their third eye, and talk of local restaurants.............

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CHAPTER TEN: Interpretations and other interventions

Christopher Dare Karnac Books ePub

Previous chapters have concentrated on concepts that relate to the communications brought by the patient and to the factors in both patient and therapist that either facilitate or hinder the free flow and understanding of these communications. In the chapter on working through (chapter twelve), we shall discuss, among other things, those interventions of the analyst that aim at bringing about enduring changes in the patient and also the need for continual elaboration and reinforcement of these interventions. The term ‘interpretation’ is often used in a general sense to refer to such interventions. In the Standard Edition of Freud’s works the term ‘interpretation’ is used to translate the German Deutung. However, as Laplanche and Pontalis (1973) point out, the two words do not correspond exactly: Deutung appears to be closer to ‘explanation’ or ‘clarification’, and Freud writes that the Deutung of the dream ‘consists in ascertaining its Bedeutung or meaning’.

Interpretation occupies a special place in the literature on psychoanalytic technique. Bibring (1954) remarks that ‘Interpretation is the supreme agent in the hierarchy of therapeutic principles characteristic of analysis’. The central role of interpretation is equally stressed by Gill (1954), who asserts that ‘Psychoanalysis is that technique which, employed by a neutral analyst, results in the development of a regressive transference neurosis and the ultimate resolution of this neurosis by techniques of interpretation alone’. Loewald (1979) remarks that ‘psychoanalytic interpretations are based on self-understanding, and self-understanding is reactivated in the act of interpretation to the patient’, and Arlow (reported by Rothstein, 1983) states that ‘from the very beginning of its history, psychoanalysis represented a science of the mind, a discipline of interpretation, first of psycho-pathology and later of mental functioning in general… . [Interpretation] is… generally considered as the essential element in effecting therapeutic results through psychoanalysis … giving interpretation is the most characteristic feature of the analyst’s activity’.

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Chapter 3. The Independent Variable: Interaction with the Habitat

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

In the course of the history of our species, a number of different adaptations have appeared vis-à-vis the habitat. Athough transition between them is fluid, anthropologists have been able to recognize five principal lifeways: hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, agriculturalists, nomadic pastoralists, and city dwellers. As an ideal type, each one of these adaptations correlates with a different religious behavior. It is important, therefore, to outline their special characteristics.

The hunter-gatherers.1 As we know, the exact time at which modern humans appeared is still a matter of debate. Most recently (see Science 237 (1987): 1292–1295) it has been suggested on the basis of new fossil evidence and molecular biological research that they arrived on the scene no earlier than 200,000 years ago. It appears pretty certain that their point of origin was Africa, and by 10,000 before our era they had succeeded in covering the earth.

In a very real way, the hunters and gatherers open the first chapter of our human history. And fittingly, this dawning was as close to paradise as humans have ever been able to achieve. The men did the hunting and scavenging, working for about three hours a week, and the women took care of daily sustenance by gathering vegetal food and small animals. It was such a harmonious existence, such a successful adaptation, that it did not materially alter for many thousands of years. This view is not romanticizing matters. Those hunter-gatherer societies that have survived into the present still pursue the same lifestyle, and we are quite familiar with it from contemporary anthropological observation. Despite the unavoidable privations of human existence, despite occasional hunger, illness, and other trials, what makes their lifeway so enviable is the fact that knowing every nook and cranny of their home territory and all that grows and lives in it, the bands make their regular rounds and take only what they need. By modern calculations, that amounts to only about 10 percent of the yield, easily recoverable under undisturbed conditions. They live a life of total balance, because they do not aspire to controlling their habitat, they are a part of it.

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That Which Cannot Be Simpler

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

Men fear thought more than they fear anything else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man..........

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Truth-talk in the Dreamstate

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
“Jed,” says one of the guys, Randy, “when you say that there is nothing to know in order to be enlightened – ”


“Well, I guess I just can’t reconcile that with any of the world’s great teachings and religions. I mean, what about Yoga and Vedanta and Buddhism? What about the ancient and European philosophers? What about Christianity and Islam and Judaism? How can there be nothing to know?”

Obviously this is something he’s really struggling with.

“It’s incomprehensible. It’s just too much. I can’t get a handle on it.”

There is a murmur of agreement. The questions seems to resonate with all of them.

“I know what you mean,” I reply. “The only thing to get a handle on is negation; the tearing-down process. I know you want to learn something, to embrace something, to understand. Humans are comprised of emotion and intellect, so it’s only natural to want to follow one or both of these aspects of ourselves inward to the truth, but you can’t.......... See All Chapters
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29. The Enlightened Perspective

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
Speaking of which, I’m a perfect example of someone who is living a belief-defying life. I live on a planet where a hundred billion people live or have lived, and though I am unstellar in all respects, I’m supposed to believe that out of countless millions and billions of people who are vastly more intelligent, courageous and heartfelt than myself, I am one of very few to achieve true spiritual enlightenment. I mean, c’mon, seriously? Who could believe such a contrived fantasy? I’m certainly not that gullible, but it’s my life so what can I do? I could try to escape, but I did all the escaping I could and this is where it got me. It’s as if you plugged a little old lady into the mind machine in Total Recall instead of Arnold, and now she believes she’s an interplanetary superspy kicking ass and saving worlds. It doesn’t fit, it can’t be reconciled, it’s just too outlandish. A big, muscular guy like Arnold, yeah, sure, maybe he can’t tell if it’s live or memorex, but a little old lady should know the difference, and so should I...... See All Chapters
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“So, how’s the enlightenment thing working out for you?”

I look up and smile.

“Oh, real good, thanks. Really getting a kick out of it,” I recite my lines. “You?”

“Oh, same, yeah. Real pleased,” she says........... See All Chapters
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6. The Historical Jesus: Meister Eckhart Meets Marcus Borg, Bruce Chilton, and John Dominic Crossan

Matthew Fox New World Library ePub

Meister Eckhart Meets Marcus Borg, Bruce Chilton, and John Dominic Crossan

The parables [of Jesus] do not invoke external authority.…Rather, their authority rests…in their ability to involve and affect the imagination.


Eckhart writes sermons the way the Gospel writers wrote the Gospels — filled with stories and images that get people to see.


The Kingdom was based on a community’s acceptance of the poor, the hungry, the bereaved, and the shunned.


For over 250 years, biblical scholarship has been searching to determine, as precisely as possible, who Jesus the man really was. Scholars have tried to re-create what his times were like and to distinguish which of Jesus’s words and stories as recorded in the Gospels and letters that constitute the New Testament are reliably his and not words put into his mouth by enthusiastic followers decades after he died. In our time, through the use of more and more sophisticated language studies, archaeological findings, and discoveries of ancient texts, and with the collation and comparison of texts and much more, that scholarly journey has reached a certain culmination and blessed our generation with the most accurate answers to these questions yet. We owe a debt of gratitude for all the hard work that has gone into unveiling the historical Jesus.

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Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

Years after my father’s heart quit, I keep in a wooden box on my desk the two buckeyes that were in his pocket when he died. Once the size of plums, the brown seeds are shriveled now, hollow, hard as pebbles, yet they still gleam from the polish of his hands. He used to reach for them in his overalls or suit pants and click them together, or he would draw them out, cupped in his palm, and twirl them with his blunt carpenter’s fingers, all the while humming snatches of old tunes.

“Do you really believe buckeyes keep off arthritis?” I asked him more than once.

He would flex his hands and say, “I do so far.”

My father never paid much heed to pain. Near the end, when his worn knee often slipped out of joint, he would pound it back in place with a rubber mallet. If a splinter worked into his flesh beyond the reach of tweezers, he would heat the blade of his knife over a cigarette lighter and slice through the skin. He sought to ward off arthritis not because he feared pain but because he lived through his hands, and he dreaded the swelling of knuckles, the stiffening of fingers. What use would he be if he could no longer hold a hammer or guide a plow? When he was a boy he had known farmers not yet forty years old whose hands had curled into claws, men so crippled up they could not tie their own shoes, could not sign their names.

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10. The No-Paradox Paradox

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“What about time travel?” he asks.

“Nope,” Claire answers him, “you can’t do that.”

“Because of the paradox,” adds John.

“Because you could kill your parents before they meet,” says Claire.

“So your parents couldn’t give birth to you,” adds John.

“So there would have been no you to go back and kill them,” says Claire.“

Anything you do could totally change everything,” adds John.

“And so on,” says Claire.

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Why Arjuna Fell

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

For some people this particular stage of the process is easier, for some it’s harder. Some people have had years to soften to it and slip more or less comfortably into it. Some, like Julie, hit it hard, without warning or preparation, and have a worse time of it than can be expressed by words on the page. This is where people can end up straightjacketed– as does Ahab – or worse.I’m so scared at times I’m practically frozen; frozen with fear, literally sick with fear. What else is up here?Even the air seems too heavy to move. There are parts of this attic I can’t even see into. I can make out large forms, menacing shapes, huge immovable dark objects.There are no demons but these, I now know, but some of these demons I love. That’s the scariest thing. They are me, but they’re not, but they are! My mother is up here. My father is here. My music. Pets, dreams, family, friends. It’s not all bleak and horrible. There are moments; magic, love, beauty. Poems, flowers, songs..............

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A Literate Ignoramus

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“For your own good. T’were best done quickly, like pulling a tooth. Brett might have felt the kindest thing would be to take a lash to you, keep you from dawdling and making things harder than they have to be.”

“Am I dawdling? I seem to be lying around a lot............ See All Chapters

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