Slavery

THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT SLAVERY

We are all descendants of slaves. It matters not your race, religion or ethnicity. Somewhere in your lineage there were slaves. Why do I say this? Slavery was a way of life in the ancient world. Slavery was never a racial thing as it is...

Venus

THE RETROGRADE OF VENUS

The retrograde of Venus. (October 5 to November 15) This is a rare retrograde. It only happens every two years or so. (Consider that Mercury, Jupiter. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto retrograde every year - sometimes for months at a time. Mercury retrogrades 3 and...

When You Feel Rushed and Overwhelmed

Who has not faced these feelings? You have deadlines at work. The children have medical emergencies or issues at school. A relative needs help. The bank or credit card company has made a mistake and now you must spend time unraveling the issue. Tasks pile...

nietzsche

More Thoughts on Nietzsche – Part Two

Nietzsche was one deep dude, as they say. You cannot take him at face value as some of his statements are way beyond the pale. As I see it, these “over the top” statements are intended to spur the reader to deeper thought. Let’s start with his famous...

joseph polansky poem

The Path

It is a wheel - like the wheel of a car Spinning, spinning, spinning, Endless repetition, Spinning, Spinning, Spinning The wheels don’t feel like they are going anywhere They just spin, spin, spin, over and over spin, spin, spin But the driver, ah, He knows the destination It is the spin, spin, spin that...

sincere praise and worship

The Power of Praise and Worship – Part Two

It has become a common practice (unfortunately) to bash religion these days. Certainly religion as it has been practiced is far from perfect and there are many criticisms that can be made - but the attacks are way overdone. All one needs to do is contrast the...

praise and worship

The Power of Praise and Worship – Part One

It is interesting that in every religious tradition down through the ages, praise and worship, plays a central role. The specific forms of worship and praise are different in the different traditions, the words are different, the songs are different, the rituals are different - but the...

why is meditation important

What is Meditation? – Part Two

Why is meditation important? The problems that humans face in their daily lives - and that the world as a whole faces - and there are plethoras of names and labels for these things - come from the disconnected human mind. The disconnected human mind - often called...