Welcome to a poetic and philosophic blog about the struggles of life and relationship.

“The ambiguity of life exists in every creative process. In every creative process of life, a destructive trend is implied; in every integrating process of life, a disintegrating trend; in every process toward the sublime, a profanizing trend.”(Paul Tillich, Ph.D., from The Meaning of Health, 1981)

Life cannot exist without the essential possibility and existential reality of death. Life is impossible without the daily, chaotic struggle against death... against the unremitting threat of entropy and nothingness. As Tillich again informs us, “Life must risk itself daily in order to win itself, but in the risking it may lose itself. A life which does not risk death--even in the highest forms of the life of the spirit--is a life poorly lived." This willingness to risk ourselves for greater life is the key that opens the door to the wellspring of creativity deep inside of us... that wellspring of transformative vitality that propels us through the struggle of death into the richness and renewal of new life.

"Creativity is 'the elixir of life' that heals and transforms life. Through the creative process we enter that 'sacred place,' that zone of evolution where the world lights up to itself as we light up to the world. It is here, in that 'holiest of holy' places that we are reunited with the waters of the wellspring of creativity, The Source of the 'River of Life' from which all creative energy and vitality issue forth to be manifested as new life. Through every creative act, life fulfills itself. Through every creative act, we transcend the mortality of our separate ego-self of I and enter into the realm of immortality to become one with our contextual self as Thou, as a self-realized collaborator in creation. Through creativity, we are delivered from the chaos of illness into the dynamic order of new life."
(P. Donovan & Herb Joiner Bey from The Face of Consciousness, 2006)

Please join me on this courageous venture of life and "enter into the realm of immortality," the realm of dialogue and relationship by poetically sharing with this community, your struggles to live... to "nullify the unremitting recurrences of death" through the continuous recurrence of birth. Through dialogue and relationship, the Face of consciousness is seen, recognized and witnessed. It is your Face, my Face, the Face of all life, the Face of our God. Thank you, Patrick.

Constructs of Deception

The Grand Deception

"Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of 
society constitute an invisible government which 
is the true ruling power of our country. We are 
governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, 
our ideas suggested largely by men we have 
never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, 
whether in the sphere of politics or business, in 
our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are 
dominated by the relatively small number of 
persons who understand the mental processes 
and social patterns of the masses. It is they who 
pull the wires that control the public mind."

-Edward Bernays, Pioneer of Corporate PR 
and Propaganda, Late 1890s

1 comment:

  1. Regarding Michael Tsarion & the evils of power through deception

    I think the layers of deception are profound. This involves me because, as a cult survivor, penetrating orchestrated layers of deception is my strength and gift.

    I think I may never know which puzzle pieces Tsarion offers are factual because the layers of deception are so profound. In fact, a large proportion of what most of the members of our species think we know may be wrong. Despite not being able to prove or disprove specific puzzle pieces, no matter how many pieces of the puzzle are debunked or debunkable, the mosaic that they create is clear.

    We are all subjected to a degree of deception and control far beyond what most probably suspect. I hope our species wakes up to the degree necessary to save itself from the serious challenges ahead. The puppeteers cannot be trusted to look out for the interests of our species. We all have to. Nature is waiting on us to do so. We owe it to our descendants.

    I have decided, partly because of what Tsarion says (a better articulated message saying things I already knew), and partly now because of the Gulf disaster, that I can no longer keep quiet for the sake of playing nice. Politeness must take a back seat. I've created and applied some pretty inflammatory bumper stickers, for example. A small step, but moving in the right direction.

    What do you think?

    Blessings to you,