practice and philosophy

Progress, not perfection.
—  Twelve-Step saying

L.A. Vaught - Phrenology Diagrams, “Practical Character Reader”, 1902.

Penmanship Practice
Various Pens

Pilot Parallel Pens 1.5mm
Kuretake Zig Brush Pen #8
Tombow Reporter Smart MultiPen
Rhodia Reverse Notebook

Pi it just keeps going and going, and I wonder how many CPUs humanity has burned out trying to find the solution to 3.14? This came up during my conversation with my friend this evening about our math education.

The important thing is to understand life, each living individuality, not as a form, or a development of form, but as a complex relation between differential velocities, between deceleration and acceleration of particles. A composition of speeds and slowness on a plane of immanence. In the same way, a musical form will depend on a complex relation between speeds and slowness of sound particles. It is not just a matter of music but of how to live: it is by speed and slowness that one slips in among things, that one connects with something else. One never commences; one never has a tabula rasa; one slips in, enters in the middle; one takes up or lays down rhythms.
—  Gilles Deleuze, ‘Spinoza: Practical Philosophy’
Witch Tip

Keep a witch/spiritual journal.

Seriously, it has helped me so much on my path. I record everything in it – significant dreams, omens/signs, spells and other practical things, personal philosophy, sigils, lore, divination readings, you name it. This has had several benefits for me:

1. It gives me the ability to look back and see the results of spells and readings so that I can develop my craft.

2. It allows me to look back on things like omens or signs in the context of a timeline to see if those things actually had significance or if they were just one-off chance encounters. I see a lot of asks on other blogs from people who wonder if such-and-such a thing meant anything and, if so, what it meant. Journaling allows you to hone your own intuition and keep track of significant things so that you can figure out what things mean on your own. I recommend writing down what you saw, how you felt, any information you’ve discovered through research, and what you think it means. Later (days, months, or even years), you can go back and confirm or disprove what you’ve written – either way, you’ve learned something valuable.

3. It’s cathartic. When I have something on my mind, it doesn’t leave until I write about it. It’s an outlet for all of my ideas and questions that wouldn’t otherwise have an outlet (either because they’re not quite developed enough to share or are just too personal).

I’ve been keeping journals since I first started crossing the hedge, and there’s nothing like it in terms of providing comfort and reassurance, catharsis, and wisdom.

Recently, I’ve been tapped on the shoulder by a deity (I know this because I’ve learned what the signs of a calling are for me based on past experiences I’ve written about), and as I think about the connection(s) between us more and more, it seems like this has been a long time coming. I am noticing the breadcrumbs that have been laid on my path up to this point, and my journal has been a huge help in tracing those crumbs to specific dates, ideas and messages. For example, readings that didn’t make sense before now make perfect sense in this new light. It’s coming at a significant time, too, and I’m noting it in my journal so that I can look back on it later and see what clues lay in the present in order to make sense of future events.

So, yes, journaling has been invaluable to me. I highly, highly recommend it.

[Occidentali’s Karma] is a sarcastic consideration on the clumsy attempt that we occidentals, often oppressed by a lifestyle devoted on the appearance and the wild consumerism, do in order to find peace by trying to practice disciplines, philosophies or religions that are typically oriental. Although we later realize that we will always remain only tourists of those cultures.

i’ve been thinking. i was wondering about religions and talking about our muses religions with a few friends. i don’t think han.zo actively practices the religion he grew up with, but much rather lives after a certain philosophy. i believe he not only left behind his past but everything that once made him the person he was, after the clash with his brother. that includes his religion. i strongly believe he lives/practices the philosophy after epikur. you know — ‘we mustn’t fear death nor is death our business. when death is, we aren’t. when we are, death isn’t, therefore it’s none of our business.’ &&. ‘there are gods, yes, but they don’t care for humans. we mustn’t fear a higher power/live by one’ &&. the whole lust-principle ; living humble & simple, not depending lust and enjoyment on things one can’t have any influence on, quality before quantity. these things. epikur’s philosophy.

In the context of recent Romanian protests,  an important recurrent theme has become more obvious than ever, the conflict between generations. Parents and children(but more often grandfathers and grandchildren) have suddenly found themselves on different sides of the fence in a clash where politicians are above the law.

Romanian Association of Practical Philosophy is organizing next week a cafe that addresses this issue.

This is a poster I created for this event.

i’m making a character sheet for a pre-existing OC and i don’t see them caring about religion or spirituality in the slightest. for mera, i decided to avoid specific gods and focus more on practice and philosophy, but they are def spiritual. and it’s fun, i really enjoy it, religion and philosophy are kinda my Thing. but i don’t want to do it again. i just want a regular doctor, you patch people up and have nothing to do with religion or spirituality or anything.

One seeks to acquire a knowledge of the powers of the body in order to discover, in a parallel fashion, the powers of the mind that elude consciousness, and thus to be able to compare the powers. In short, the model of the body, according to Spinoza, does not imply any devaluation of thought in relation to extension, but, much more important, a devaluation of consciousness in relation to thought: a discovery of the unconscious, of an unconscious of thought just as profound as the unknown of the body.
—  Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
I consider Anarchism the most beautiful and practical philosophy that has yet been thought of in its application to individual expression and the relation it establishes between the individual and society. Moreover, I am certain that Anarchism is too vital and too close to human nature ever to die. It is my conviction that dictatorship, whether to the right or to the left, can never work–that it never has worked, and that time will prove this again, as it has been proved before. When the failure of modern dictatorship and authoritarian philosophies becomes more apparent and the realization of failure more general, Anarchism will be vindicated. Considered from this point, a recrudescence of Anarchist ideas in the near future is very probable. When this occurs and takes effect, I believe that humanity will at last leave the maze in which it is now lost and will start on the path to sane living and regeneration through freedom.
—  Emma Goldman