I’ve noticed that in your papers some of you don’t seem to know the difference between ‘causal’ and ‘casual’. Well, there’s no such thing as ‘causal’ Friday because determinism doesn’t care what day of the week it is.
okay so i almost went on a tag rant but it was too long so let’s do this instead
let’s talk about all the parallels in death of the outsider:
first, dishonored focused on corvo’s story of revenge and redemption.
the dlc focused on the same for someone who seemed evil but was later shown to be morally ambiguous: daud.
then the second game focused on a female side character coming into her own for another story of revenge and redemption, and the dlc will focus on the female side character from the previous game’s dlc, also coming into her own. beautiful full circle there.
then the bigger parallel: the main games’ protagonists are focused on relatively trivial political matters. and i mean trivial in the way that eventually their nation will fall and the entire world will be destroyed and nothing will matter anyway.
meanwhile, the dlc protagonists are witnesses to a bigger picture and choose to act on it. the heart has implied that eventually the world will be destroyed by the void. and the outsider will bring about this destruction
so, here’s my theory: daud and billie know this is coming because they know the void more intimately than corvo and emily. corvo and emily both use the void merely as a tool for their means. corvo and emily both shape a nation; daud and billie both shape the world. they are - metaphysically - reality shakers
i imagine that’s why the outsider dislikes daud so much. because while the others are relatively tame playthings, daud - and billie as well - go outside the boundaries.
daud gifted powers to others. he has a lot of power. i imagine billie has that power too. because the first time she tasted the outsider’s gifts they were NOT given to her. she’s not beholden to him. they are both beyond what the outsider intended, and that in itself gives them power over him.
it’s an amazing parallel to delilah, who also gifted powers to her followers and used her own to reshape the void. it’s also really satisfying motivation for daud and billie, who have both had their world re-shaped by the void and who don’t particularly enjoy feeling powerless over their own lives. they understandably want to take things into their own hands.
they can kill the outsider and they might even save the world by doing so.
i’m so amped for this metaphysical shit y'all have no idea.
It’s not just lust not just love. It has the balance of everything, it’s easy and hard. Jacobs an extension of my being, a continuation of my emotions, morphine to my mind They say you should love yourself before you love anyone else But for this that is the same thing. I can’t love him without loving myself. I wrong him when I wrong myself. I better him when I better myself. So I hate myself if I hurt him, In doing so i hurt me. He reflects beauty I can’t describe or make sense of. Where we don’t match, where there are spaces between us, gaps in our connection I grow, I grow in them until that growth fills up the gap. There’s nothing like this. I love the dark and the light our connection makes.
And this is nothing but the start. And what I’ve wrote is nothing but a slight description of the poetic emotions he brings out of me.
I know you struggle to trust it Jacob But there’s nothing more real to me than us. We live in a metaphysical world where reality is debatable. How we feel isn’t debatable and if there’s no timeline for it, if its the infinite moment then its all there is, no place in it for us to lose. the only gaps are the spaces to grow. You can trust this.
‘Instead of being the noncontentious introduction to Buddhism that was initially conceived, “Buddhism without Beliefs” triggered what Time magazine, in its cover issue on Buddhism in America, called “a civil but ferociously felt argument” about whether it was necessary for Buddhists to believe in karma and rebirth. I had proposed in the book that one could hold an agnostic position on these points, i.e., keep an open mind without either affirming or denying them. Naively perhaps, I had not anticipated the furor that this suggestion would create.
The ensuing controversy showed that Buddhists could be as fervent and irrational in their views about karma and rebirth as Christians and Muslims could be in their convictions about the existence of God. For some Western converts, Buddhism became a substitute religion every bit as inflexible and intolerant as the religions they rejected before becoming Buddhists. I argued that Buddhism was not so much a creedal religion as a broad culture of awakening that, throughout its history, had shown a remarkable ability to adapt to changing conditions. For a while I hoped that “Buddhism without Beliefs” might stimulate more public debate and enquiry among Buddhists about these issues, but this dis not happen. Instead, it revealed a fault line in the nascent Western Buddhist community between traditionalists, for whom such doctrines are nonnegotiable truths, and liberals, like myself, who tend to see them more as contingent products of historical circumstance.
What is it that makes a person insist passionately on the existence of metaphysical realities that can be neither demonstrated nor refuted? I suppose some of it has to do with the fear of death, the terror that you and your loved ones will disappear and become nothing. But I suspect that for such people, the world as presented to their senses and reason appears intrinsically inadequate, incapable of explaining this fraught and brief life on earth. One assumes the existence of hidden forces that lie deep beneath the surface of the contingent and untrustworthy world of day-to-day experience. Many Buddhists would argue that to jettison belief in the law of karma - a scheme of moral bookkeeping mysteriously inhering within the structure of reality itself - would be tantamount to removing the foundations of ethics. Good acts would not be rewarded and evil deeds not punished. Theists have said exactly the same about the consequences of abandoning belief in God and the divine judgment.’
- Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.
The way shamans see it, thoughts are things. These things can be focused on and, with intent, sent out to manifest something. Shamans say that at any given time there are clusters of thoughts, grouped together by similarity (because, with thoughts as with everything else, like attracts like), floating around looking for a place that resonates with them.
These thoughts that have been generated by billions of people over thousands of generations and are waiting to find a home in a living person’s local thought system. Most of these thoughts are generated by the false personality, the parasite that dominates this particular dreamscape that we call reality. These are thoughts of separation, alienation, fear, attack, misery and the like. Their purpose is to keep the human race divided at every turn, so that the dream of the parasite to master can prevail and thus the ongoing dream of a physical universe can continue.
Awaken the Inner Shaman - José Luis Stevens, PhD
My declaration of consciousness;
So often pondering my state of existence, I consciously fall within a trace of philosophical paradox. In the creation of my own metaphysical reality I indulge within the skepticism of a conscious idealistic leader of all humanity. I do not exclude the logic of order but I further embrace thy self into The classification of nihilism, the expectations of solipsism and the Corridors of transcendentalism. Accessing and annihilating subconscious thoughts to the pre-existing reality. I obsess and search further for there is.. and I know there is.. another dimension, another world, another thought, waiting for me on the other side of my mind. Locked away from their false realities, out of pure necessity I create my own. Me in my own world, a world of exploration, a world of philosophy, a world of artistic and creative absorption of all things existential. Discovering the fundamental and underlying meaning of all things in existence. For my sanity, I isolate my Impenetrable eggshell mind from the harsh expectations of normality in the world existing outside my Windows.
From “The Avant-Garde Book Club Society”
Hey I'm an "energy worker" among other things n I can't help but agree with you on terms what would you say instead of energy? I more say that cuz it's an easy explanation to a more complicated topic n it seems like that's what everyone uses pls if u have other words for it I'm all ears 😊
Rune: Hi there! So, when I talk about metaphysical things, I have a series of already-present-in-our-community vocab words I’ve picked up through my studies. I prefer to avoid anything that is borrowed from science, so as not to muddy the waters.
Soooo… if something has a sort of “feeling” about it that tells me about its inner nature, like what people discuss when they’re reading something’s “energy,” I say “aura” instead. If said aura is actually having a changing effect upon its environment (instead of just sort of acting like its psychic descriptor and/or B.O.), we call that a dweomer (Anglo-Saxon word, I think).
If I’m talking about reading something’s essential spirit body, I say that. If I talk about the spiritual climate of a room, I say that. If I’m talking about a metaphysical force that’s effecting change around me actively, I say “force” rather than “energy,” because they’re different.
If I’m talking the “essential building blocks of metaphysical reality,” like how people in physics refer to energy, but metaphysically? I say things like “aether,” or “essence” or “spirit.”
And if I’m talking about the core of something, I say “soul.”
Felix says he’s noticed that about 90% of the time when people say “energy,” they mean “power or force.” Those are different things, and they can’t be properly described in the same way.
In addition, if you’re describing things like “elemental energy,” or “necromantic energy?” You’re describing spiritual forces or spiritual substance. Pick which one you mean, and describe it more clearly.
Also, a lot of occultists come up with exclusive vocab for their tradition, so they can obliquely talk about magic without giving away what they’re discussing to those who aren’t in the know.
This is actually very helpful inside a closed community, and very frustrating for those of us who like to chat with people who aren’t part of our clan. Secret squirrel society is only useful for those who really put stock in their secret decoder ring.
Feel free to ask more specifically if there’s something you would want to describe and don’t know how! We’re pretty good at helping with that!
Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.
Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
“Lord Shiva is often depicted with his counterpart, Devi. She is the supreme being in the Shakta tradition of Hinduism, while in the Smarta Tradition, she is one of the five primary forms of Brahman revered. In other Hindu traditions, Devi embodies the active energy and power of Deva, and they always appear together complementing each other, such as Lasksmi with Vishnu in Vaishnavism and Parvati with Shiva in Shaivism. The Devi-inspired philosophy is propounded in many Hindu texts, such as the Devi Upanishad, which states that Shakti is essentially Brahman (ultimate metaphysical Reality), from her arise Prakṛti (matter) and Purusha (consciousness), she is bliss and non-bliss, the Vedas and what is different from it, the born and the unborn, and all of the universe. She is the creative power of Shiva, and this theme is also found in the Tripura Tapani Upanishad, Bharicha Upanishad, and Guhyakalo Upanishad.”
My thoughts, my soul, my nomadic madness. I’ve always been searching for something greater, desperate for an untouched and promising entity to lead me to somewhere. Always caught between reality and the metaphysical, wide-eyed and hopeful for something more. I am the ‘other woman’. The ‘nomad’. The girl who belonged to both no – one and the whole world. The girl with no fixed designation, the girl with a dozen homes in the arms of a dozen strangers. Searching. Wandering. Yearning.
A depiction of the Tree of Life, a symbol used in the esoteric Judaic tradition known as Kabbalah.
The sefirot, or “emanations”, that compose the Tree are the means through which Ein Sof(“the Infinite”/“no end”/“endless”) is revealed and how Ein Sof purportedly creates the physical and metaphysical realities.
Ni has a compulsive need to understand the future, be it in the short, medium, or long term. For instance, if an Ni-dom needs to make a decision or take some action, they will automatically use Ni to visualize how the action will play out. To them, that visualization is 100% real, meaning that they will move towards it as though it is inevitable. Since Ni-doms need to feel confident about the future, they have a natural urge to understand a situation from as many perspectives as they can, looking for predictive patterns and interpreting/connecting contextual details according to vague patterns they have seen before (and they often do this completely unconsciously). In this way, they can fill in gaps in knowledge and construct a holistic picture of what a situation will look like as it progresses into the future. So Ni is not creative in the same way as Ne. Ne can connect concrete facts in the world into a new possibility; Ni creates new meaning by exploring missing information and things that other people tend to overlook or gloss over (so it takes Ni a lot longer to come up with an idea). In terms of imagination, the ability to shift perspectives means that Ni can project itself into different metaphysical realities,
easily visualizing what it is like to exist at a specific space or time. INFJs in particular tend to use their visualizing ability to form a unified and coherent view of the
world through understanding how past is connected to present is
connected to future in terms of human existence/experience as a whole (Fe-Ti).
So, Ni-doms have a tendency to overinterpret things, make sweeping generalizations, and ignore the plain factual details of the present situation. In other words, Ni-doms exist in a purely conceptual world of their own making, and this can lead to problems if they do not incorporate enough empirical evidence when constructing their vision. They will proceed headlong towards their vision while overlooking/reinterpreting any detail that doesn’t fit into it. Therefore, I often describe Ni as a rationalizing function because it uses the ability to shift perspectives to twist incongruent details to its own liking, thereby justifying its own vision and avoiding the need to change course. If Ni-doms rely too heavily on Ni, they will lack self-awareness and adopt really problematic values via repressed and distorted Se impulses; they will be very dogmatic and inflexible in what they consider to be “true”. For non dominants, the lower down Ni is in the stack, the more nebulous and unconscious their projections or visualizations will be. Tertiary and inferior Ni often produce weird sensations of deja vu or negative premonitions, but, on the positive side, they can also produce sudden epiphanies or creative sparks (as they get a flash of insight into something they never considered before).
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about divination and how it might function, and I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. Here, I’ll be listing some popular theories, a bit about my views on them, followed by (taadaa!) my personal theory on how it works. Said theory doesn’t really attempt to be a unification of existing theories, and probably isn’t even original, but it was a breakthrough for me, so I thought I’d write about it. I hope someone finds it interesting! There’s even a bit at the bottom about how magick might work (if it does), so check it out! I hope it all makes some semblance of sense! Also, I apologize if followers see this twice. Tumblr is acting funny.
I fell in love with the universe, but she only speaks to me through her art. I listen to the rhythmic patterns she weaves, revealing the organized tapestry of language, displaying the canvas of symmetry.The final brush strokes of nature evoke what I feel her as the metaphysical poetry of reality.
The Law of Attraction isn’t something you “get into”
It isn’t something you “turn on”… it’s something you understand and then use it to your advantage! The Law of Attraction is working whether you want it to or not, whether you understand it or not. So lets understand it a little better shall we? The way the Universe works is; when we think of something, when we imagine something there is a plane of existence where this is happening, every single time. “It is done”. I’ve talked about the Bashar idea of shifting our realities every second in this post, and thats where this comes in… What are you feeling right now? Happy? Sad? Excited? Miserable? its okay to feel whatever you are feeling but its your feelings that indicate what level you are vibrating at, and that determines what manifests into your reality. When you are sad, angry, depressed, etc. you are vibrating at a low dense level, whereas when you are happy, excited, motivated, etc. you are vibrating at a relatively high level. We are essentially like a radio, it does not “create” the program it “allows it in”. When you are vibrating high and positive vibrations you are allowing in the good and positive things that you have been thinking about. And when you are vibrating at a low level you are allowing in the negative things you have been thinking about. Basically you are telling the Universe in every moment “My life is full of good things” or “My life is full of bad things” and that what you are receiving. We get to live in a world where we choose our thoughts and choose what level we vibrate at which is awesome, so use that to your advantage! If you have any questions about manifesting or the law of attraction please don’t hesitate to ask!