They Should Have Seen It Coming

Written by Christopher Brown

A comedian once showed a newspaper to his audience. The headline read, "1-800 Astrology Business Goes Under: They Should Have Seen It Coming." Everyone laughed, including me. We chuckled atrepparttar irony of a real contradiction here. If such a business could providerepparttar 147615 service they claim, then its owners should have succeeded where other businesses failed. In fact, if they really knewrepparttar 147616 future, they likely wouldn't bother with this business at all. They would simply raidrepparttar 147617 stock market with a perfect investing record. We all somewhat instinctively know this, even those of us who have never hadrepparttar 147618 occasion to sit and think it through carefully.

But this pseudo-science has another problem that concerns us. It's adherents who createrepparttar 147619 garden-variety horoscope columns (found in most any newspaper) spotlight a basic contradiction. Onrepparttar 147620 one hand, they pretend to tell your future based uponrepparttar 147621 timing of your birth andrepparttar 147622 alignment ofrepparttar 147623 stars and/ or planets. Philosophers have called this assumption "astral determinism."

This means simply thatrepparttar 147624 stars and planets determine your future, hencerepparttar 147625 phrase, "written inrepparttar 147626 stars." Onrepparttar 147627 other hand, however, whenrepparttar 147628 predictors finish telling just what will befall you, they move ontorepparttar 147629 next part ofrepparttar 147630 column. They offer advice. But this advice you may take or leave, as though you have a free choice to make,repparttar 147631 outcome of which no star determines.

The 'Toilet Philosophy'

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

The ‘Toilet Philosophy’

Dr. Robins’ observations are beyond mere intuition, they include an attunement with what Bucky Fuller called Synergistics; there is so much for mankind and modern science to learn about whatrepparttar shamans and/or Druids knew and created. We are all lulled into a sense of security when we proclaim our science orrepparttar 147301 five senses providerepparttar 147302 fullest inspection available. It is all so wrapped up inrepparttar 147303 psychology of ego. There was a Harvard study that concluded we only get one third of our wisdom or knowledge through linear logical processes, some years ago. I will return again and again torepparttar 147304 eloquence of this MAN, so ‘open’, that he can seerepparttar 147305 chasm betweenrepparttar 147306 myths of science andrepparttar 147307 reality of legend. Hopefully we will collectively enable each other to join him acrossrepparttar 147308 bridge that fords this chasm. We can overthrowrepparttar 147309 ‘Toilet Philosophy’.

Throughout our total cultural history man has sought to order and make sense out ofrepparttar 147310 chaos that creative integration of energy and consciousness allows. How many times has some small magic or replicability encouraged evenrepparttar 147311 wisest adepts among us to imagine they can control nature? This nature thatrepparttar 147312 ancients knew was God is a powerful and deeply connected force throughoutrepparttar 147313 universe according torepparttar 147314 boiled down interpretation of allrepparttar 147315 things man calls religion or cults. Mircae Eliade is a great scholar who knows all religions and systems onrepparttar 147316 face ofrepparttar 147317 earth as well as any other soul hereon. He has written numerous books onrepparttar 147318 subject and like most attendees ofrepparttar 147319 Eranos Conferences I respect him a great deal. Here is a brief insight comparing two ofrepparttar 147320 most creative and adept ways that man has yet developed.

“…both Tantrist and alchemist strive to dominate ‘matter’. They do not withdraw fromrepparttar 147321 world as dorepparttar 147322 ascetic and metaphysician, but dream of conquering it and changing its ontological regime. In short, there is good ground for seeing inrepparttar 147323 tantric ‘sâdhana’, and inrepparttar 147324 work ofrepparttar 147325 alchemist, parallel efforts to free themselves fromrepparttar 147326 laws of Time, to ‘decondition’ their existence and gain absolute freedom.

The transmutation of metals may be ranged among those ‘freedoms’ whichrepparttar 147327 alchemist succeeds in enjoying: he intervenes actively inrepparttar 147328 processes of Nature (‘prakrti’) and in a sense it could be said that he collaborates in its ‘redemption’. (Biblio: This term has not, of course,repparttar 147329 same significance as it has in Christian theology.)” (1)

Roger Bacon was a good alchemist and monk who spent some time in a dungeon for his efforts to bring Christianity out ofrepparttar 147330 Dark Ages and back to Nature (‘prakrti’). He is like a lot of adepts in that he chose to dare and be courageous enough to risk his life forrepparttar 147331 cause of human emancipation. It is known to them all that they could joinrepparttar 147332 paradigm and do very well, if they keep their mouths shut. Ignorance after all, may be bliss – but asrepparttar 147333 Greek sage did say, it is not blissful to be ignorant. The fullness of bliss comes most when God is harmonizing and things fitrepparttar 147334 Divine Purpose. That is a very biased way of saying what creative utilization and intelligent design does contemplate, but it is good enough to describe what I hope can occur.

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