Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times What happens after death, no one knows for sure. It is a question of theory and imagination mixed with ancient wisdom and intuitive guesses. Most of us can agree, however, that the human being is a soul which lives for a time in a physical body. The soul feels infinite, and records of near-death experiences clue us into the possibility that some greater journey begins the moment the body dies. It may seem that the realms of science and spirit are at odds with each other, but when examining the greatest questions of human existence, such as what … Continue reading 8 CUTTING EDGE MINDS ANSWER THE QUESTION – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?

Reincarnation now

Modern mindfulness strips Buddhism of its spiritual core. We need an ethics of reincarnation for an interconnected world by Avram Alpert is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and the author of Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki (2019) and A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach Us About Living Well Without Perfection  Edited by Nigel Warburton When people outside of Asia think of Buddhism, they tend to think about just philosophy and meditation. Buddhists are often said not to have gods, wars or empires. Their religion isn’t about ritual or belief, but a dedicated exploration … Continue reading Reincarnation now


by Gary Z McGee, Self-inflicted Philosophy Waking Times “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~Rumi Tired of living on dead patterns? Drowning in a hand-me-down value system that simply doesn’t work for these quickly changing times? Comfort zone so tiny that it’s become a bleak zone? Life passing you by with a whoosh? Then it’s time to jumpstart the idle engine of your existence. It’s time to defibrillate the dead body of your soul. It’s time to shock the system. Here are seven inexhaustible (please make up more) ways to jumpstart a dead life… 1.) Rattle … Continue reading 7 WAYS TO JUMPSTART A DEAD LIFE


by Gary Z McGee, Self-inflicted Philosophy Waking Times “You ask, ‘what is Zen?’ I answer, ‘Zen is that which makes you ask the question.’ Because the answer is where the question arises. The answer is the questioner himself.” ~Daisetz Suzuki Zen is ultimately undefinable. It’s paradoxical. It’s a feeling; a meditation on opposites and interconnectedness intermittently. It’s a bridge between the unanswerable question and the unknowable answer. Even more cryptic: it’s No-mind meditating the mind into mindfulness. No matter what Zen really is, the meditator attempting Zen is Zen. Or perhaps they are Zenning and Zen is actually a verb disguised as a … Continue reading ZEN IN THE TRENCHES

No, It’s Not Just a Coincidence—Here’s How To Spot and Decode Spiritual Synchronicities

by Jessica Estrada According to some schools of psychological and spiritual thought, random coincidences are actually synchronicities—or very intentional and on-purpose winks from the universe. “A synchronicity is a collision of events where something other than the probability of chance is involved, and this confluence feels meaningful,” says Monica Berg, author and co-host of the Spiritually Hungry podcast. “It is an event where needs are met, people are encountered, or things just come together perfectly when we need them.” While the concept, coined by psychiatrist Carl Jung in the early 20th century, has little by way of supportive scientific evidence, synchronicities can hold potent … Continue reading No, It’s Not Just a Coincidence—Here’s How To Spot and Decode Spiritual Synchronicities


Gary Z McGee, Self-inflicted Philosophy Waking Times “Now I am nimble, now I fly, now I see myself under myself, now a god dances within me.” ~Nietzsche To go Meta. To transcend. To surpass, eclipse, excel. To rise above and go beyond the limits. Meta-mastery is the uncommon ability to overcome all beliefs. To allow that which does not matter truly slide. “To entertain a thought without accepting it.” To go Meta over all answers. A meta-master is an existential ninja injecting a Buddhist nonattachment into all things. A meta-master is the personification of the bird’s-eye view, perched upon the Branch … Continue reading META-MASTERY: TRANSCENDING BELIEF

Final thoughts

Do deathbed regrets give us a special insight into what really matters in life? There are good reasons to be sceptical Neil Levy is professor of philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney, and a senior research fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He lives between Australia and the UK. Edited by Nigel Warburton How do we find out what really matters in life? One way might be to ask those who are dying. They might occupy a perspective that allows them to see better what’s trivial and what’s truly significant. The prospect of imminent … Continue reading Final thoughts

To Drink Tea Is to Taste the Earth

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel reflects on drinking tea as meditation practice. By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Orchids in pots along the windowsill bloomed weeks ago. Air seeps into the bedroom. The blossoms dance. I yearn for heat. A hot spring running alongside the house would be perfect. Tea will do. I sniff the steam of oolong. The tiny cup is hot. The tea will soothe the animal in me that wants to growl when it doesn’t get what it wants. The sound of tea being poured grabs hold of the beast. If there’s nothing to have, there’s still the listening, the simplicity of … Continue reading To Drink Tea Is to Taste the Earth

Rich witches

How a flawed logic of economic scarcity and social climbing spurred witch hunts in early modern Germany Johannes Dillinger is professor of early modern history at Oxford Brookes University. He is the editor of The Routledge History of Witchcraft (2019) and the author of Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America (2012), among others. Edited by Sam Dresser Margaretha Hönin had a bad reputation. Even though she lived in the late 16th century, we know that her neighbours, the people of Coburg in Thuringia, despised her for being a parvenu and a money-grabbing miser. Hönin was also said to be a witch who met regularly with a dragon. For … Continue reading Rich witches

Photographer Creates His Own 78-Card Tarot Deck Inspired by His Sleep Paralysis

Death By Sara Barnes  [Interview] This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info. Like many people, photographer Nicolas Bruno is enthralled by tarot cards. Having interacted with the mysterious cards at a young age, the deck of divination continued to pique his interest into adulthood. Now, Bruno’s latest series, titled The Somnia Tarot, depicts the entire 78-card deck and considers the symbology behind the alluring images that are often used to predict the future. Bruno began his tarot card photography by referring to his portfolio of surreal imagery. His previous … Continue reading Photographer Creates His Own 78-Card Tarot Deck Inspired by His Sleep Paralysis