The Zombie Culture

Zombie A Zombie defines themselves by their perceptions of what others want and are doing. Mimetic Desire The mimetic theory of desire explains human behavior and culture, which originated with the French historian and polymath René Girard. “Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.” Democracy For Zombies Edward L. Bernays is the father of modern public relations (PR) and promotion. Although he died over two decades ago, his influence permeates modern western consumer culture. Bernays was

A Love Like That

Even  After  All this time  The Sun never says to the Earth,  “You owe me.”   Look  What happens  With a love like that,  It lights the whole sky.   —Hafiz, paraphrased by Daniel Ladinsky    The Kabbalists say God is the will to bestow, and the human being is the will to receive. We are the Kli or vessels whose purpose is to receive the love of God. They believe the only way we can be loving is to be filled with God’s love and then overflow. The sacrifice required of us is to let God remove all obstacles to the love of God. What if love

Creation Stories

Creation Stories The fall of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden is a beautiful metaphor for the transition from the eternal to the mundane. The tree of life represents the eternal, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents the mundane, the illusion of time, and the world of duality.The Hindu story of creation conveys the same idea but with a far more elaborate story. Below is my version of the Hindu creation story. To quote Alan Watts, “My attempts to explain are not serious but sincere.” Vishnu lies on the pond of the divine

12 Steps to Awakening

The origins of the twelve steps of recovery revolved around the serendipitous life of Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Bill’s life brought together the teaching and experience of a Christian group that was committed to living a life of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love (The Oxford Group) with the spiritual wisdom of Carl Jung and the theory of human development of Eric Erickson. The twelve steps of AA were born out of this unlikely combination of the religious community, scholarship, and spirituality.The original AA group started in Akron, Ohio, and initially developed a six-step process


We become the God we worship.” Richard Rohr “What you live with, you learn. What you learn, you practice. What you practice, you become.” Ritu Ghatourey “Whatever you love most is your God.” Terry Kellog “The god you worship is the one you’re capable of becoming.” Joseph Campbell   Addiction is a process of developing an unhealthy relationship to the point it is the most important relationship in your life. A healthy primary relationship with a power greater than ourselves nurtures the ability to form sustainable relationships. It creates a safe base for an individual to be initiated, mirrored, and

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