“one hundred and eighty billion dollars of our money has been spent in Iraq over three years' time. Whether or not it has been well-spent (killing and maiming innocents, destroying the infrastructure, reducing ancient holy sites to rubble, spreading depleted uranium throughout the air, soil and water, and convincing young Muslim idealists worldwide that Bin Laden was right..”—http://www.realitysandwich.com/american_materialism_elephant_middle_room
Daniel Pinchbeck, the editorial director of Reality Sandwich, wants me to write a few pieces for RS! Looks like I’ll be more than busy over winter break. I have been meaning to get serious about writing again, time to put my money with my mouth is. It’s gonna be a good year, I can feel it!
“The truth is dwindling rain forests, spreading deserts, mass tree die-offs on every continent; looted pensions, groaning burdens of student debt, people working two or three dead-end jobs; children eating dirt in Haiti, elders choosing between food and medicine... the list is endless, and we will make it no longer possible to hold it in disconnection from the money system. That is why we converge on Wall Street, and anywhere that finance holds sway. You have lulled us into complacency for long enough with illusions and false hopes. We the people are awakening and we will not go back to sleep. ”—“Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough” by Charles Eisenstein, Reality Sandwich, October 6, 2011
“Most of us are brought up to feel that what we see out in front of us is something that lies beyond our eyes—out here. That the colors and the shapes that you see in this room are out there. In fact, that is not so. In fact, all that you see is a state of affairs inside your head. All these colors, all these lights, are conditions of the optical nervous system. There are, outside the eyes, quanta, electronic phenomena, vibrations, but these are not light, they are not colors until they are translated into states of the human nervous system. So if you want to know how the inside of your head feels, open your eyes and look. That is how the inside of your head feels. So we are normally unaware of that—projected out.”—Alan Watts
“Over the past forty or so years, we have suffered from the cultural delusion -- put forth by a corporate media and government working overtime to keep consciousness locked up, as our industries suck the lifeblood from our planet -- that the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s was a failure. Revisiting Watts's Joyous Cosmology reminds me that the psychedelic revolution has barely begun. The journey inward is the great adventure that remains for humanity to take together. As long as we refuse to turn our attention to the vast interior dimensions of the Psyche -- "The Kingdom of God is within" -- we will continue to exhaust the physical resources of the planet, cook the atmosphere, and mindlessly exterminate the myriad plant, animal, and insect species who weave the web of life with us. "- Daniel Pinchbeck, introduction to the new edition of "The Joyous Cosmology" by Alan Watts, http://www.realitysandwich.com/joyous_cosmology_prologue”—
Neurobliss: Sex & Meditation
“Nadia Webb, a practicing neuropsychologist at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, explains that a few stables exist in the experiencing of bliss, which include a diminishment of self-consciousness, a shift in one’s bodily perceptions, and a decreased sense of pain. Anyone who’s experienced an ecstatic awakening can most certainly attest to this yet, unfortunately, these tend to be fleetingly ephemeral moments.
The typical cognitive default of the ego is to perpetually fabricate consistent stories about our relationship between ourselves and the world which, in essence, creates, and furthermore seeks to substantiate, a veil of repetitive, friction-provoking thoughtforms. This is where meditation can help us.
Used as a tool, meditation offers relief from this self-preoccupation by allowing the individual to eventually realize that, funnily enough, there is no individual self; the goal is to progressively create a space between the identification of one’s sense of self with the body or mind until you eventually find yourself in the eternal space of I Am consciousness, of pure unadulterated awareness. In practice, meditation reduces the need to continually judge, plan, compare, and self-scrutinize while increasing your awareness of thoughts and feelings without allowing them to control you.”