10 09, 2019

it’s just an illusion – the management of perception

By |2019-09-10T14:05:28+01:00September 10th, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

ɪˈluːʒ(ə)n/ noun an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience. a deceptive appearance or impression. a false idea or belief.   We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups. I ask, in my writing, ‘What [...]

2 09, 2019

welcome to the hoax – but who are you going to tell?

By |2019-09-02T11:42:25+01:00September 2nd, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

həʊks/ noun a humorous or malicious deception verb trick or deceive (someone)     When a nation becomes unmoored from reality, it retreats into a world of magic. Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion     Let’s be honest here - we do not live within an accurate portrayal of the ‘real world.’ We assume that [...]

21 03, 2019

the global sensorium – life at high velocity

By |2019-03-21T18:08:37+01:00March 21st, 2019|Blog, Essays|0 Comments

The only solution now is to move constantly or flee definitively. Paul Virilio, The Administration of Fear   Life for many of us has entered a period of uninterrupted time which gives us the sense of speed and acceleration. Events are already moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up with the news on [...]

13 11, 2018

Hyperreality (or what not there isn’t to believe?)

By |2018-11-13T14:23:45+01:00November 13th, 2018|Essays|0 Comments

‘The attraction of the void is irresistible.’ Jean Baudrillard   If you feel like you are unsure of what is real and what is unreal then you are not alone. Our materialistic mode of life is accelerating and expanding so rapidly that it is saturating our modern cultures to the point of abstraction. Life in [...]

4 06, 2018

Unsouling from the Wilderness

By |2018-06-04T13:34:12+01:00June 4th, 2018|Blog, Essays|0 Comments

Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks   Modern man, I dutifully noted, is in search [...]

5 03, 2018

Freedom from Within

By |2018-03-05T19:08:41+01:00March 5th, 2018|Essays, Writings|0 Comments

The real tragedy of our time lies not so much in the unprecedented external events themselves as in the unprecedented ethical destitution and spiritual infirmity which they glaringly reveal. Paul Brunton       Our dominant worldview still prefers to believe in the fantasy that we are a living species within a non-living universe, and [...]

3 01, 2018

THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN MODERN LIFE

By |2018-01-03T17:55:10+01:00January 3rd, 2018|Essays|0 Comments

Every good story about a search begins with a tale. So, here’s one; it’s a tale about a magician who gave a dinner for his neighbours. There was once a Magician who built a house near a large and prosperous village. One day he invited all the people of the village to dinner. ‘Before we [...]

9 12, 2017

Sacred Agency

By |2018-01-03T17:55:11+01:00December 9th, 2017|Essays|0 Comments

Transcendence is the only real alternative to extinction. —Václav Havel, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, July 4, 1994 We are cosmologizing the human. —Henryk Skolimowski, The Participatory Mind    Human consciousness has been on a long journey. Our awareness has shifted from the earlier archaic, animistic mode; to the religious and scientific; and then later to an [...]

9 11, 2017

Technologies as Transcendence

By |2018-01-03T17:55:11+01:00November 9th, 2017|Blog, Essays|0 Comments

The spiritual imagination seizes information technology for its own purposes. —Erik Davis, Techgnosis   In much of our thinking, the sacred world is divorced from that of secular technologies. And yet the sacred can be equally at home among our technologies since technology, in some form or another, has always been present alongside humanity—from fireplace [...]