Get out feeling good. (The wise grieve neither for the living, nor for the dead.)

Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat, oil on canvas, 1793 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels)

You probably think you are “(insert your name)”. You’re not – you can legally change your name, but you won’t have changed what you are – your name is just a handle with which the world is able to pick you up and examine you.
You probably think of yourself as either a man or a woman. You’re not. That is just a gender association that you make based upon the genetic choices that your cells made when your body was being formed biologically. You are only an association as long as you are not being the genuine article.
You probably think of yourself primarily as your body. Most people do...


‘The Emptiness’ and feeling empty (two very different things)

There is a feeling that many people experience. It’s like a sense that there is something missing - inside oneself.

And there is an experience that can be attained through direct perception.

Both of these things may be called ‘emptiness’, but they should not be confused.

The feeling of emptiness inside oneself is a symptom of a deep malaise. It has often been attributed to depression, and rightly so. However, I have found through my work that it stems (the root cause) from certain kinds of abuse trauma that damage one’s self-esteem.

To illustrate this, I’ll give a ‘real life’ example...

Why conspiracty theorists love to theorize about conspiracies

Yesterday morning I promoted (via the Elephant Journal Facebook page) Harris Mercer’s article ‘Why it’s wrong to doubt the news about Osama’. In case you haven’t read it, it’s an opinion piece.
Within minutes of the post the FB page received dozens of angry comments.
I realized two things: not only do conspiracy theorists love to theorize about conspiracies (which was the provocative title of my facebook post), but they don’t like to be called out on it...

I'm back!

Hello, and thank you, if you're reading this, for sticking with it.

I know I've neglected this blog (and you!) for a while... the reason: my 7 month old son, Kiwan.

Yes, it's all his fault. Look at his face, and you'll see what a cheeky, mischievous little monkey he is - easy to see that he's to blame, right?!

No. It is partly lack of sleep,  but also that I was working through some 'stuff' of my own - which I'll write about in more depth later. Wonderful how children really bring out what's hidden away in the shadows...

In the meantime, I'm going to publish a couple of articles that I wrote lately on Elephant Journal. If you didn't already read them, please enjoy, and come back soon - I'm back!

Love, Ben