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Understanding Addiction & Finding Freedom From It

Understanding Addiction & Finding Freedom From It

“There is no chemical solution to a spiritual problem.”-Unknown Addiction is undoubtedly something that has plagued our society. It seems you can’t really go anywhere and find someone who has not been affected in one way or another by it. Whether it be, ourselves, that has struggled with it or a family or friend, everyone who has been in touch with the monster of addiction can ag... »

May the Forest be With You: Five Ways to become an Environmental Jedi

May the Forest be With You: Five Ways to become an Environmental Jedi

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” ~ Juvenal It shouldn’t be too difficult to imagine that you are Luke Skywalker and the militarized, oppressive government is the Empire. Now go one step further and imagine I am Yoda in a backpack slung tight over your shoulder cryptically articulating wisdom into your ear. We’re running through the forest, interdependent and one with nature, t... »

How to Let your Instinctual Woman Run Free

How to Let your Instinctual Woman Run Free

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Wo... »

Six Ways to Leverage Open-mindedness in a Close-minded World

Six Ways to Leverage Open-mindedness in a Close-minded World

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” ~ Corazon Aquino Everybody thinks they’re open-minded. Even close-minded people think they’re open-minded. So how do we ever really know if we’re open-minded or not? Here’s the thing: The human condition is a briar patch. It’s all too easy to get stuck in comfortable patterns. It’s all too easy to cling to answers or beliefs.... »

The Virtue of Eccentricity: Four Ways Eccentrics Are Essential

The Virtue of Eccentricity: Four Ways Eccentrics Are Essential

“Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.” ~ John Stuart Mill In a world chock-full of conformists kowtowing to authority and prai... »

Why Not Believing in Anything is Absolute Freedom

Why Not Believing in Anything is Absolute Freedom

“You do not believe; you only believe that you believe.” ~ Samuel Coleridge I’m about to cutoff one of the intellectual giants of human history… Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, you have the floor: “None are more enslaved than those who believe…” Stop right there, Monsieur Goethe! He was about to say “…they are free.” But that’s irrelevant, governing the nature of his premise. It is belief in anything ... »

wild woman archetype

The Wild Woman Archetype and the Power of Intuition

“Why do women keep trying to bend and fold themselves into shapes that are not theirs? I must say, from years of clinical observation of this problem, that most of the time it is not because of deep-seated masochism or a malignant dedication to self-destruction or anything of that nature. More often it is because the woman simply doesn’t know any better. She is unmothered.” ~ Clarissa Pinkol... »

Five Existential Philosophers and Their Contribution to Human Wisdom

Five Existential Philosophers and Their Contribution to Human Wisdom

“For philosophy to rule it is not necessary that philosophers be rulers, nor even for rulers to be philosophers. For philosophy to rule it is sufficient for it to exist; that is to say for the philosophers to be philosophers.” –Jose Ortega y Gasset In a nutshell, existentialism denies that the universe has any intrinsic meaning or purpose. It requires people to take responsibility for their own ac... »

Jailbreak 101: Three Types of Prisons and How to Escape Them

Jailbreak 101: Three Types of Prisons and How to Escape Them

“On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge maximum security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jailbreak.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson The intelligent thing to do is to figure out what is a prison and what is not. Some seemingly free spaces are actually disguised prisons. This is especially the case in a system that calls itself a democracy (rule by the people) but is actually a plu... »

Outlaw Magic: The Subtle Art of Living Outside the Rules

Outlaw Magic: The Subtle Art of Living Outside the Rules

“When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.” ~ Unknown Outlaw magic is the primordial energy of the Middle Way, which leads to the liberation of the soul. In Mahayana Buddhism, the Middle Way refers to the insight into emptiness that transcends opposite statements about existence. Outlaw Magic is precisely this “emptiness that transcends.” Equal parts demonic-whisper and angelic-wrath, G... »