by Jan Engels-Smith, Guest Waking Times  “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments.” -Michael Vance In shamanism, the belief that there is no death is a concept grounded in the belief of the soul existing in a never-ending process of regeneration. Our soul remembers our ancient past, engages with our current environment, and knows our future lives. We live forever and our soul is immortal. Our existence, however, is marked by numerous transitions—both between our many lives and sometimes even within the frame of what we view as the current physical life. Emotionally and spiritually, … Continue reading DEATH AND DYING FROM A SHAMANIC PERSPECTIVE

Wittgenstein and religion

Words of God. Father Lequeux, priest of Buc, Île-de-France, and his puzzled congregation photographed in 1958. Photo by Edouard Boubat/Gamma-Rapho/Getty In the case atheists vs religious belief, Ludwig Wittgenstein is called to the stand. Whose side does his testimony serve? by Stephen Law is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal THINK. He researches primarily in the philosophy of religion. His books include The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking (2003) and A Very Short Introduction to Humanism (2011). He lives in Oxford. Edited by Nigel Warburton When contemporary atheists criticise religious beliefs, they usually criticise beliefs that only crude religious thinkers embrace. Or so … Continue reading Wittgenstein and religion


by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times At the cutting edge of science and technology today is artificial intelligence and robotics, which are being driven by ever-increasing computational speeds made possible by quantum computing. When the capacity of technological computation rivals the speed of our capacity to think and process information as humans, then we will reach the singularity and a superintelligence will emerge in our society, triggering runaway technological growth. While this is coming in the very near future, we are also now learning how this very type of quantum creative power is already at play in our world via the interplay … Continue reading YOUR BODY IS A PROJECTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THOUGHT

Seeing God in What Is

Photo by Imre Tomosvari | Zen priest Norman Fischer explains how his concept of the Jewish God informs his Buddhist practice. By Susan Moon Once a month, Tricycle features an article from the Inquiring Mind archive. Inquiring Mind, a Buddhist journal that was in print from 1984–2015, has a growing number of articles from its back issues available at In this holiday season when many Westerners who practice Buddhism also celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah—some returning for services at the churches and temples of their childhoods—we present a Buddhist’s reflections on God. This month’s selection, “God is a Three Letter Word: Interview with Norman … Continue reading Seeing God in What Is


by Azriel ReShel, Uplift Waking Times Some years ago while staying at the ashram of the Indian saint, Ramana Maharshi, nestled at the foot of the forest covered mountain of Arunachala, I read the great sage’s sacred words, etched above a doorway: “Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.” His words are a key to karma and destiny. As someone who would try and make things happen, forcing outcomes and who struggled … Continue reading THE UNIVERSAL LAW OF KARMA

Patti Smith Sings “The Tyger” and Reflects on William Blake’s Transcendent Legacy as a Guiding Sun in the Cosmos of Creativity

“The eternal loom spins the immaculate word. The word forms the pulp and sinew of innocence… William Blake never let go of the loom’s golden skein… He was the loom’s loom, spinning the fiber of revelation.” BY MARIA POPOVA “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees,” William Blake (November 28, 1757–August 12, 1827) wrote in his most beautiful letter — a soaring defense of the imagination. A genius both tragic and transcendent, Blake was among humanity’s deepest and farthest seers — … Continue reading Patti Smith Sings “The Tyger” and Reflects on William Blake’s Transcendent Legacy as a Guiding Sun in the Cosmos of Creativity


by Haley Hamilton I interviewed a real ‘death doula’ about the future of end-of-life care. Fear of the unknown? Try tripping balls on LSD There are four major fears people have about dying. First is the process: pain, discomfort, helplessness. Second, the fear of what’s next, if anything; what happens when this ride is over? Third, what philosopher Thomas Nagel describes as the deprivation of all the good stuff life rewards us with (so, basically, FOMO). And finally, a fear of a life not fully lived. What can help alleviate these anxieties as one nears the end of life? Tripping balls on LSD. … Continue reading HOW PSYCHEDELICS ARE HELPING THE DYING MAKE PEACE WITH THE OTHER SIDE