Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Death Vs. the Cosmic Kaleidoscope

Death is frightening to us because we imagine the end of life as the loss of our future.
Most people operate on the belief that the future is something that will happen in the future, which is perfectly reasonable, as far as it goes. But everything that happens, happens in the present. The present is all action. There's no lollygagging there. There's no time for questions or second thoughts. Poof! Suddenly, it's all in the past.
Now, the past is something we can relive for the rest of our lives (I'm not saying this is a good thing).
Since we don't experience anything in life until it is past, maybe what we really fear is the end of our past.
Because none of us ever really had a future.
Unless, that is, time runs in both directions! In that case, we'll have our future whether we die or not. We can't lose our future any more than we can lose our past because every possibility still remains. Past and future are constantly shifting from one reality to another in a kind of cosmic kaleidoscope, as every aspect of consciousness touches them.
Ooh! That is so much cooler than dying!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I found a treasure today, for a moment. And then I realized it was a dead fly. It looked like a lost earring, an iridescent shimmer of green and blue, picked out by the morning light. It was so beautiful, and then it wasn't.

And then I thought, why shouldn't I wear dead flies in my ears? Compared to that, diamonds and pearls are pretty ho-hum. Give me flash! Give me dazzle!

Come to think of it, some of the prettiest things are under-rated: broken glass, for example. Dead leaves. Smog at sunset. Water with oil spills on it.

Just a little shift of perception is all it takes to surround us with treasures.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Metaphysics of Laughter

There are two types of laughter, but it is always about connection. The first type is social: we will laugh for no reason when we are pleased to be near someone, or to cover awkwardness. When we refuse to laugh at someone's joke, we are refusing a social connection with them. Therefore, we will laugh to be polite.

The second type of connection that inspires laughter is a juxtaposition between two completely separate ideas: dogs in bars, for example. It is relief from the ordinary. It allows us to acknowledge the possibility of a strange connection.

Some jokes, like puns, are more intellectual, but they are still about connecting disparate ideas. And we laugh because it was a connection we did not see before, even though it has always been there.

Laughter is good for us. It connects us, not just to each other, but to everything. And it isn't just messing around. It's a highly spiritual exercise that we should all attempt more often.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Try to believe, just for a moment, that animals can talk and dreams come true, that every circumstance holds hidden meaning waiting to be discovered, that all of us are connected by an invisible web and that perhaps adventure lies just around the corner. If you can believe these things, wonder will swell your heart and fill your life with magic and mystery.