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Chapter 1: Now, Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway‽

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Anyone with a brain can see that the world is in a state of disorder. Wars, riots, bigotry, and other horrors cover the face of the planet. Reports of UFO encounters are on the rise. Governments are either dangerously incompetent or dangerously malevolent. The markets are run by people with no conscience. And yet, we just sit back and consume.Propaganda in the Western world works this way: alterna...

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Logic

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This post is a self-referential tautology....

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Introduction

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I must confess that I am no enlightened master.I, myself, was going through the process. But I do experience clairvoyance and genuine moments of higher thought, so by the principles of synchromysticism, I figure I might be on the right path.Since the dawn of time, humanity has realised that there is something greater than themselves in the world. The human is regarded as the microcosm; the starry ...

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Forgiveness

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I think it's necessary to repeat that one of the most important spiritual exercises possible is regular forgiveness.By 'regular', I don't mean 'normal', but 'consistent'. What is really necessary is radical forgiveness.Psychological studies have shown that forgiving someone of the wrongs they have committed against you improves your mental health. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and a slew...

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The eightfold path of self-realisation, and how it applies to you

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Note: This may be recapitulated in a Gnosis entry.There's probably no more comprehensive system for truly Becoming than that enumerated by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. The basic idea can be found in virtually all cultures, but I feel the need to summarise it with real, concrete modern examples. It covers all three stages of conscious awakening as enumerated by my friend Tom Montalk.All right, her...

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Is Trump really a fascist?

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As a civil libertarian and a member of various marginalised groups (Jewish, transgender, queer, disabled), I'm worried about Trump.Not only is his own rhetoric hateful and (possibly even more importantly) authoritarian, I worry about the future Trump is going to usher in. After all, Hitler won power by a simple, perfectly legal election.So, without further ado, I'll cite the 14 defining characteri...

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Praxis and doxis; orthodoxy and orthopraxy

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One of the troubles of modern religion is the issue of 'orthodoxy', which simply means correct belief (doxis being the root of the word doctrine), and 'orthopraxy', which is correct action.Historically, religion has focused more on orthodoxy than orthopraxy. However, this attitude is part of why people are leaving traditional religions. Because religion insists that praxis (action) is reliant on d...

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New series of posts!

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I will be adding a category marked 'Gnosis'. I have been reading Gnosis by Boris Mouravieff and find it brilliant and useful in virtually every way. I'm currently 114 pages into the first book.I will be posting modernised reinterpretations of as much of it as possible, interspersed with my own personal insights. Given the division of the original, they'll also be tagged as 'psychology' (for studie...

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About to get my blood and, uh, effluvium tested for signs of various things

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So…yeah. Yuck.But, in any case, it's for my own good.I've been sick for about a month and a half now, and it's about damn time something is done about it.I'm getting tested for:C. difficile infection,Coeliac disease,Various other gut problems,Anti-nuclear antibody levels,Possibly Lyme again?And probably something to do with something autoimmune (other than coeliac and A.N.A.).So I'm hoping I get a...

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New words for a third gender in English!

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Since plenty of people from cultures without a strong third-gender tradition feel that they belong to a third gender (and not just bigender or agender), I've invented two new words for people wishing to express themselves as such:Instead of 'man' or 'woman': neiman. Derives from Old English 'náwþer', meaning, roughly, 'neutral'.Instead of 'male' or 'female': virmale. Derives from Latin 'vir' (huma...

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