New Age

There is a certain kind of bookshop, most common in the United States, which specialises in New Age subjects. There are sections on pyramids, fortune-telling, women’s empowerment, and so on, but the one I always make for is labeled “Prosperity.” The books in it are about how to become rich.

It is an irresistible subject and many of the books contain useful advice on how to do well, but they all emphasise that if you really want to attract wealth you have to concentrate on it, work and pray for it, think and dream about it, to the exclusion of everything else. This violates the second Commandment (against idolatry), and in any case I have no time for such devotions. So wealth and I remain strangers, which is probably how it was meant to be.

beyond secretBut you can easily become rich without having to sacrifice your soul. According to the experts, there are six different ways of acquiring money:

1. By honest work, craft, or trade.

2. By robbing, swindling, or unlawful dealings.

3. By winning it through gambling or lottery.

4. By marrying it.

5. By inheriting it.

6. By finding it.

The first way is the most respectable but it tends to be slow and laborious….

On the Maraya Karena Show, the eponymous host speaks about the under-acknowledged connection between language and reality, and what happens when meaning slips from our patterns of expression: What will murder all…

Julian Walker wrote this excellent overview of New Age flakiness, and gives some corrective measures. via Elephant Journal: I am passionate about the relationships between three things: > inquiry-based practices (yoga, meditation,…

Introduction In 1928 a brilliant philosopher/logician from Vienna, Rudolf Carnap, published Der logische Aufbau der Welt, The Logical Structure of the World. Ten years before, Ludwig Wittgenstein had conceived his highly cryptic…

Dr. Rick Strassman, a psychiatric researcher with a specialization in psychotropic drugs, on the “enlightenment experience” and hallucinogens as a pathway for Westerners into Buddhism and Hinduism:

I went to a Zen temple in my early 20s, and, ever the scientist, every chance I got to speak to a monk one on one, I asked every one of them if they had tripped on psychedelics and how important their trips were in their decision to become a monk. And I’d say 99% of these junior monks in their 20s all got their start on LSD.

Graham Hancock and John Major Jenkins discuss the end of the current 26,000 year cycle of the precession of the equinoxes, and what we should expect as we enter the next cycle.

Via ScienceDaily:

Researchers in Spain have found that at least some of the individuals claiming to see the so-called aura of people actually have the neuropsychological phenomenon known as “synesthesia” (specifically, “emotional synesthesia”). This might be a scientific explanation of their alleged ability.

In synesthetes, the brain regions responsible for the processing of each type of sensory stimuli are intensely interconnected. Synesthetes can see or taste a sound, feel a taste, or associate people or letters with a particular color.

The study was conducted by the University of Granada Department of Experimental Psychology Óscar Iborra, Luis Pastor and Emilio Gómez Milán, and has been published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. This is the first time that a scientific explanation has been provided for the esoteric phenomenon of the aura, a supposed energy field of luminous radiation surrounding a person as a halo, which is imperceptible to most human beings…

Via Revealing Politics:

The night before Wisconsin’s recall election progressive activists gathered around the Capitol to “cleanse it of negative energy” and sing together in solidarity. The evening opened with songs, some of which were written specifically for the events, as lyric sheets were handed out to attendees. Attendees then practiced a meditational “Om” and then all pulled together to circle the Capitol building with their collective energy.