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Of Campfires and Computers

From language to advertising to technology, all of our experiences are mediated to some degree. We need to be more mindful of what constitutes authentic experience. It's vital that we participate more fully in the stories of our time and our lives.

Distracted Doctoring and the iPatient

The term “distracted” doctoring does not adequately describe healthcare providers who habitually use electronic devices for non-medical purposes during patient care. These doctors, nurses, and technicians aren’t distracted by outside happenings; they’re purposefully deciding to interact with Facebook friends or Twitter followers instead of the patient in front of them.

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Green Energy Vortex

Money is magic, a highly symbolic artifact woven together by the massive
intentions of the collective human psyche. It is a signifier of stored
energy, as much as a battery or a gas tank, an
ability to do work, to do magic, to make things happen.

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Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right

If there ever was an Illuminati orchestrating world events,
it has lost control. Today, the atmosphere among the financial elite fluctuates
between panic and resignation. They cannot be bothered to suppress all the information freely available on the Internet that is
accelerating the shift of consciousness away from separation and scarcity.

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2012: Tilt — Game Over or Game On?

The
good times were behind us and we did it to ourselves: no one was to blame. Even
if culprits to this chaos could be identified, they were dead. The bullets and
bunkers and bank holdings did not save them for long. These previous symbols of
wealth proved totally worthless and non-negotiable for the one thing they
couldn't buy from the hard-working, country-dwelling, "pagans": food.

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A Reenchanted World

A dolphin passes the mirror-test of self-recognition, a chimpanzee slowly dies of grief after his mother passes away, elephants shout in joy when a lost troop member returns, and some whale species swim in embrace after sex. Having rejected the view of animals as things, science and scholarship now spread the culture of enchantment, strengthening human feelings for other creatures and their habitats.

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Pretty Suicide Machine

The scientific method and its atomizing focus on the external world has its drawbacks when coupled with an industrial, corporate mythology. The resulting culture neither engenders nor supports spiritual or psychological insight. 

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The Way of Light: A Healing Journey with Ayahuasca

So there I am sitting in the dark, exposed to the naked raw emotion of true love as Maria sings to me, and when she is finished there's a pregnant pause like she's waiting for me to speak. For a second my tourist reflexes kick in and I think she wants something, dinero, that I've been drawn back to the level of buy and sell. But she doesn't ask for money. That's not what the mother does.

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Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra, or Mind as Metaphor

Many spiritually-inclined people dismiss what they call "Western philosophy" as inferior to what they designate "Eastern thought," or "indigenous spirituality." But I would offer that this dismissal, to borrow a phrase from Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, "does not reflect correct understanding." They have not understood mind as metaphor.

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