The Responsibility Series: Going head-to-head with the Ego

Samurai1-dl_jpg_610x343_crop_upscale_q85 As one can gather, the awareness that arises from introspection comes with great responsibility. Knowing that we can convert ourselves to healthier, more proactive versions of ourselves, we feel an impending pressure to do so. And we soon discover how much work this undertaking entails, which can be quite daunting.

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The Responsibility Series: Waking up

I had an epiphany once where I realized the correlation between depression and one’s sense that he lacks control over his life, and between happiness and the sense that he has control over it. imgres

And this ties into this conversation about responsibility because taking personal responsibility is the pivot between the sense that the universe acts autonomously: that you are just a kite in the current of her schizophrenic temper, battered by circumstance…and the sense that you are the kite runner yourself, working with nature to choreograph each motion of your life. Continue reading

Waking up

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To me the term “waking up” means becoming aware of the sentience of the universe. It is happening to me in stages. It’s like the truth is being peeled back from a rosebud pedal by pedal until one day it will stand before me an open blossom. My first wakeup call was subtle and gradual. It happened when I transferred from Clemson University to George Washington University and met Continue reading

What Bothers me about Hippies

Or hipsters, as the case may be. I’m not really up to date on terminology but I’m referring to the new-agers. imageI got my first exposure to these types when I was in Boulder, Colorado two years ago. They say things like “that’s cool, man” and “peace” and “one love.” In Costa Rica it was “Pura Vida.” These are all good messages, but I suspect Continue reading

The Problem with Psychedelics

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In retrospect, I realized an inherent problem with psychedelics. Although they were effective at waking me up, and making me starkly privy to my self-deception and to worldly corruptions, they do not provide an ever-open portal to these “truths.” I cannot call such insights truths because I do not have access to them all the time. I do not know them from first-hand Continue reading