Category Archives: Philosophia Esoteriko

“Inner Fire” Poem

I like to learn
Something inside of me burns
It  yearns for life and longs for death
Like a freight train, right brain says to left brain “you complain too much, you’ve got to learn to love”
Left says to right, “Right, but we must find balance, for the day turns night.”
And like a flash of light, TRANSIT ION comes into site

I like to learn
Something inside of me churns
The world turns and the Sun races through Space
Who’s the winner?
Must be me as I enjoy a good dinner
Was it the dear as it enjoyed a good life? Or did all that disappear when its day turned night?

I like to learn
Weaving webs of Blue, Green, Red
Tredding lightly as in night I can’t see
I might get smacked by a tree, I might smack a tree
I might have to act a tree and just Be
The Tree of Life

Love,
I&I

cracks

Overcoming Drought – Recharge

We build sidewalks & impervious surfaces, concrete and asphalt, so far as we can
To help us move wherever we wish to go unimpeded.
If you look, you will see.
Nature sprouts between the lines and cracks
as if to give & create a gap
so the water can find a way
to enjoy more greenery in its day
and more time to live its fresh
Life before returning to the salty
Sea, as it would a life cut short
via our constructions of
Directly Connected Impervious Area,
carrying with it all the pollution it has accumulated
in its fresh life
(if only it had more fresh life to circulate;
infiltration into the inner Earth for filtration;
VITRIOLVM.)

& we humans are not so different
from the water from which we are composed

For in a world predominantly water
Surely, the way of the water knows
the Way. ∵.

So take more breaks
between the hardships
Like a tree does breathing with water
Uplift ∴

Demons & Dragons, Insight & Eagle Talons

Shamanism is a way of knowing from antiquity which survives to this day. It appears a feat of a unique individual in a far away community (through space, culture, and time) yet at once appears in workshops at self-help healing spiritual centers alike. It comes in different forms, and all share some unique features that can bridge its many manifestations (for more information on that, I recommend Micheal Harner’s book “The Way of the Shaman”).

Demons and devils are common to our more localized myths and the grand stories of the vast Abrahamic religions. How do we deal with them? Many do not, seeing that they are imaginative stories or creatures who dwell in distant, unseen realms. Shamanism has tools to deal with the unseen both directly and indirectly. The Abrahamic religions do as well – in the stories of old, heroes rise up and, in the name of Our Father, stand against the legions of evil which attempt to take control and assume the role of G-d for their own empowerment. These stories may read like a history book, and one that is difficult to support empirically. Another way these tales may be read is symbolically and analogously; each thread corresponding with situations in our internal worlds (realms of emotion and instincts, often subconscious and unconscious). Like the devils in stories of old, spirits of evil within us may tempt us as we struggle to ascend in service of HaShem. This is true too for the mythical creatures of good – angels and sages – who may live within us and be cultivated.

This correspondence between the outer world of myths and the inner world of experience we may find useful guidance and stories coming to life.

I remembered the tale of one holy hermit who, in the night, suddenly heard the bellowing of various wild beasts and shortly afterwards saw the shapes of all manner of creatures coming towards him, and could hear the howling of wolves, croaking of ravens and grunting of pigs all around him. The servant of our Lord armed himself with the weapon of Christ’s crucifix and, clasping it in his hand, he scorned the threats of the demons, shouting at them; immediately all the accursed spirits had fled away.

The words he had used, taught to us by Eappa, rang clearly in my memory: ‘Oh you wretched, perverse spirits, your power is seen and your might is made known. Now, wretches, you take on the form of wild beasts, and birds and serpents, you who formerly exalted yourselves when you aspired to be equal to G-d. Now I command you in the name of the eternal Lord, who made you and flung you from the height of Heaven, to cease from this disturbance!’

via Brian Bates’ “The Way of Wyrd”, Part 1, Chapter 2: A Forest of Phantoms

In this passage, from a novel documenting Anglo-Saxon indigenous spirituality through the tale of a sorcerer’s apprentice, we see an example of demons in myths and the way they are handled. What do we find if we consider these fabled demons as being internal aspects of ourselves which wreak havoc and hold the qualities of these beings? States of being they are, and imagine if one handled them a similar way as the servants of our Lord from a land of myth. For one, that one would appear crazy! Better kept as a personal practice; how do you think your bad habit would react if you uplifted a religious (ritualized) symbol of personal significance and Power, clasped such a device in the face of those ‘demons’, scorned their threats and shouted at them as did the hermit cited in the Way of Wyrd…

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Success & Succession

The Art of Listening and the Art of Interpretation manifests in Hermeneutics and Linguistic Mystics like Kabbalah et al. In English these exercises may be fruitfully explored & applied. Consider: what is the relationship between the words ‘success’ & ‘succession’?

One example of interpretation, which surely leads to further ones, is: Succession can be broken down into the first two and third syllable forming coherent words: success + ion.

When some of my ecologist and engineer peers were asked, the following (paraphrased) answers emerged: Continue reading →

War on Wastefulness and the Law of Conservation of Energy (the First Law of Thermodynamics)

We send our energies here and there, often in wasteful ways. Can this be reversed? No – to move backward we must still make progress forward in some way.

Though we can not undue our wasteful actions in all cases, we must recognize that our behaviors are never a total loss. Our positive and negative activities progress through our environment. We may never directly see their consequences, but there is no doubt that all things are ultimately connected. In attempting to do better after making errors, we may find that we have exhausted our supplies and cannot try again. This is where we must recognize that our efforts do not end and disappear – there are ways to recapture the essential materials that have been spent in some useful ways. Sometimes this is a stretch: we must look to the lessons we can learn to recapture materials in the form of thoughts; sometimes we must look at a chain of events that comes from our activities and patterns in order to see where the energy has ended up, and what energy and materials may be salvageable in this reservoir.
There is a flow to all things, as there is also a static state. Thus the principles of a watershed apply as lessons for more than conventional ecosystem management.

Backcountry Survival a Mystical Teacher about Living a Good Life

What is the greatest threat to man in the backcountry?
The greatest threat to most people is themselves, to be honest! Remembering to move slowly, to pay attention to surroundings, to hydrate often, and to control heat loss and gain through layered clothing, will eliminate many problems before they can occur. The three things that get most people into problems (other than mechanical injuries) are hyperthermia, hypothermia, and dehydration.

via http://www.grindtv.com/lifestyle/culture/post/exploring-bushcraft-survivalist-dave-canterbury/

This backcountry survival advise is also very applicable in the frontcountry or in our everyday lives. Consider the above quote, taking it in through a metaphoric lens of the classical elements. Some examples: excessive heat corresponding with excessive fire element, masculinity, yang-energy; excessive cold corresponding with excessive water element, femininity, yin-energy; water corresponding with qualities of stillness, balance, reflectiveness, flow…go explore some water to see what else it knows!

Costa Rica Coast

Costa Rica Coast

South and West from the North, and back to the North

 

Where the water meets the land
One side wet, one side soft sand
To the Earth I give my foot and to the Air I give my hand
Where one part finds one part is where we find the balance to start, or finish
This way or that; to the forest or to the vastness
To rise or to sink
To act or to think
To cultivate or to diminish

Like an equinox, for a moment in the turning of the clock
We stand at a space where we share equal day and night
But we mustn’t stay, for time doesn’t wait and tides vibrate
And so we embark, to the solar south summer or the polar north winter
To the rocky mountains or the slimy sea
It matters not so much which way you go, but that you go at All
On your way to find Me