by Gary Z McGee, Guest Waking Times “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche If you would be alive –if you would choose to live an examined life, a fulfilled life, a self-actualized life, a life well-lived– then don’t fearfully choose the safe road, what Jung called “The Road of Death.” Choose instead the courage to face the trials and tribulations of an adventurous road, a road full of danger and risk. On the bridge from Man to Overman, there is no place for … Continue reading SHEDDING OUTDATED SKIN: BUILDING THE BRIDGE FROM MAN TO OVERMAN

DEMONS really are possessing people, warns psychiatrist, as pure evil sweeps over humanity

  by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) An Ivy League-educated psychiatrist is convinced that there’s a growing epidemic of demonic possession in the world today, and that most everyday people now recognize the dark reality of this scary situation. Dr. Richard Gallagher, who boasts degrees from both Princeton University and Yale University, says that, despite conflicting opinions within mainstream medical science, demonic possession is both real and rampant. With 25 years of experience under his belt as a private psychiatrist that compliments his two teaching positions at both New York Medical College and Columbia University, Dr. Gallagher believes he holds a unique vantage point in discerning between human and non-human, or satanic, behavior. … Continue reading DEMONS really are possessing people, warns psychiatrist, as pure evil sweeps over humanity

Life, Death, and Reincarnation as a Dove

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Video by Xavier Marrades When filmmaker Xavier Marrades discovered that his distant relative, Ramon, was closely bonded with an unusual animal, Marrades knew he had to meet him. “My mum showed me a picture of them together and it was quite unbelievable,” Marrades told The Atlantic. “A couple of months later, when I had established trust between me and Ramon, I asked him if he would be okay if I shot [a film] with him and his pet dove, Cucli.” Over the course of four weekends, Marrades filmed Cucli, an exquisite short documentary about love, loss, acceptance, and … Continue reading Life, Death, and Reincarnation as a Dove

My Own Personal Nothingness

ILLUSTRATION BY GÉRARD DUBOIS From a childhood hallucination to the halls of theoretical physics. BY ALAN LIGHTMAN “Nothing will come of nothing.” (William Shakespeare, King Lear) “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.” (Blaise Pascal, Pensées, The Misery of Man Without God) “The… ‘luminiferous ether’ will prove to be superfluous as the view to be developed here will eliminate [the condition of] absolute rest in space.” (Albert Einstein, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies) My most vivid encounter with Nothingness occurred in a remarkable experience I had as a child … Continue reading My Own Personal Nothingness

Don’t Suffer Alone

Photo by Joris Voeten | Dharma Punx teacher Josh Korda explains the importance of community in Buddhism—and in human evolution. By Josh Korda Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life.” —Upaddha Sutta As a Buddhist dharma teacher and spiritual counselor I meet weekly with individuals for one-on-one sessions. The introductory sessions are often predictable: a new friend sits in my office, clearly at wit’s end, detailing an array of struggles relating to loneliness, compulsive behaviors, broken relationships, obsessive worry, unmet creative goals, and so forth. Their hope is that I can provide a … Continue reading Don’t Suffer Alone

Westworld and the Question of Immortality

Three Atlantic staffers discuss “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” the fourth episode of Season 2. DAVID SIMS, SOPHIE GILBERT, AND SPENCER KORNHABER David Sims: Westworld’s first season was largely focused on the abuse of artificial life, given that the park hosts’ purpose almost exclusively revolved around sex, violence, and suffering. The freedom Dolores and her ilk were fighting for was simple consciousness—a right to their own memories and self-awareness. In just the first four episodes, Westworld’s second season has exploded that basic quest into all kinds of fascinating directions, but “The Riddle of the Sphinx” was the first to really grapple with one of the most … Continue reading Westworld and the Question of Immortality

What is nirvana?

Photo by Dennis Stock/Magnum Liberating oneself from rebirths might seem irrelevant to the non-believer. But nirvana is also a profound psychological goal by Robert Wright is visiting professor of science and religion at Union Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Moral Animal (1994), Nonzero(1999),The Evolution of God (2009), and, most recently, Why Buddhism is True (2017). Edited by Nigel Warburton The concept of nirvana occupies a unique place in Buddhist thought – not just because it represents the culmination of the Buddhist path, and not just because it represents the nicest imaginable place to be, but also because of the way it straddles the two sides … Continue reading What is nirvana?