Trickster Ethos and the Power of High Humor

“It’s time to take humor seriously and seriousness humorously.” ~ Swami Beyondananda I’m writing this from a throne of nothingness, floating like Michael Keaton’s character in the opening scene of the movie Birdman. No tricks. No gimmicks. Just pure unadulterated imagination. You see, I’m playing hide and seek with myself. A lifetime ago I was a compliant caterpillar. Now I’m a Chaos Theory butter... »


Five Important Lessons April Fool’s Day Can Teach Us

“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” –Mark Twain Ah, April Fool’s Day; such a breath of mischievous fresh air. Shenanigans, tomfoolery, clowning, general monkey business, it’s the day we are reminded of the paradoxical truth of the human condition: we are fallible, prone to mistakes, imperfect, barely-evolved animals with h... »

Six Signs You May be Experiencing a Spiritual Disconnect

Six Signs You May be Experiencing a Spiritual Disconnect

“The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.” ~ Bill Benenson First of all, if you are not prepared to reconnect with your soul, or if you are afraid of rejoining with the infinite source of all things, then this article is definitely not for you (but I dare you to read it anyway) and you should probably stick with the following article instead: ... »

Five Unexpected Signs You May be an Anarchist

Five Unexpected Signs You May be an Anarchist

“Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control.” –Jim Dodge Anarchy’s success as a form of egalitarian governance is undermined by all forms of hierarchical government. Anarchy is uncomfortable, but anarchy is natural. The only thing worse than the egalitarian governance of anarchy, is hierarchical government. This is because anarchy tends to prevent power from becoming centra... »

Jester Guru Chronicles, Part 3: Breaking the Law

Jester Guru Chronicles, Part 3: Breaking the Law

“If you knew Time as well as I do … you wouldn’t talk about wasting it.” –Mad Hatter One night a few years back I dreamt that God and Satan were playing tennis, and no matter how much they played the score was always love-love. Upon awakening my heart became a little red trickster-god thumping its trickster melody in my chest. Each thrum was a question that placed the state of the world on “... »

Attachments: Breaking Free from What’s Weighing You Down

Attachments: Breaking Free from What’s Weighing You Down

“The root of suffering is attachment”- Buddha Attachments come in many forms; so much so that there are probably hundreds of attachments you are holding on to right now that you had no idea even existed. They come in the form of anything from beliefs (about ourselves and others), expectations of how situations should go or ways people should behave, to more obvious things like relationships & ... »


Make Your Life Less Complicated and Enjoy Simplicity

“There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity, that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.” – Dallin H. Oaks Life is complicated. Relationships are complicated. Friendships are complicated. Life choices are complicated. Or are they? Is it possible that our excessive need to complicate life is just merely giving us something to do? In our utter and complet... »


Breaking the Chain of Obedience

“The man who can face vilification and disgrace, who can stand up against the popular current, even against his friends and his country when he knows he is right, who can defy those in authority over him, who can take punishment and prison and remain steadfast—that is a man of courage. But do you need much courage just to obey orders, to do as you are told and to fall in line with thousands of oth... »


Crossing the Existential Rubicon

“I awoke only to find that the rest of the world was still asleep.” –Leonardo Da Vinci A Rubicon is any bounding or limiting line (comfort zone, mental paradigm, status quo), that seems risky or dangerous, or even impassable. “Crossing the Rubicon” is a metaphor for crossing a point of no return, or deliberately proceeding with a course of action where we know full well that there can be no going ... »


Two Simple Steps Toward Authentic Freedom

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” –Buddha This quote, attributed to the Buddha, holds the two keys toward achieving authentic freedom. In this article we will break down these two components, while creatively analyzing how and why they always work as long as they are followed. 1) Starting “You must live in the present, laun... »

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