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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

Not even the same subject


In my experience, Western and Eastern philosophy are not in conflict. They aren't even the same SUBJECT.

Western philosophy is about the mechanics of how one ought act in the universe and assumes that people already have an understanding of who they are and what they want. Western philosophy concerns itself with the subject of knowledge, of "What?" and "How?"

Eastern philosophy is about studying meaning, self, and all the things that are subjective to the individual. Eastern philosophy is the study of "Why?" and "Who?"

They are different questions, and these discussions are largely agnostic to one another.
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Snow on red rock

Still one of my favorite things.

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Microdose

“Study: People Who ‘Microdose’ LSD and Magic Mushrooms Are Wiser and More Creative”

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Philosphy foundation

“The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics”

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“Indus Valley Civilization: Crash Course World History #2”

“In which John Green teaches you about the Indus Valley Civilization, one of the largest of the ancient civilizations. John teaches you the who, how, when, where and why of the Indus Valley Civilization, and dispenses advice on how to be more successful in your romantic relationships.”

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NeoNote — Protected

The popular American Christian concept of Satan isn't what it started as. Originally the Hebrew Adversary was a tester of faith, not a nearly all powerful god of evil. In short, that Satan can't tempt you unless the temptation is there to begin with.



I disagree. I realize it's a cornerstone of your faith, but tain't mine.



That's closer to the original. It also fits a number of folktales and mythologies.

There's a sort of protection that derives from the collective belief of your culture and faith. As long as you are a "member in good standing" and your culture is true to itself, you can't be touched without permission by spirits. Break the rules and you're fair game.

Which incidentally is the plot to almost every supernatural horror film ever made.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Left alone with our faith and our Journey

As for the rest, our situation and our answers are not mainstream. What we see under the light of the full moon or in the moment before the breaking dawn isn't what they see. For the most part, what they expect from religion isn't what we experience. They won't understand, any more than a virgin can understand sex or someone who has never touched silk can understand the sensation.

As long as we are left alone with our faith and our Journey, I think that's enough.
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❝Dance to the music.❞

To survive, let alone to become powerful, one must keep every aspect of one’s universe(s) in a state of dynamic balance with every other one; extremism is dangerous on both the personal and the evolutionary levels of reality.
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Listening and lecturing

They not only refused to stop listening to God, they started lecturing Him on the way things were supposed to be.
— David Weber, Uncompromising Honor
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Cursed

I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
— Jimi Hendrix
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❝Never apologize for grief.❞

Never apologize for grief. For honoring the memory of people you’ve lost by admitting how much they meant to you when you had them.
— David Weber, Uncompromising Honor
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❝Nothing is more active than thought…❞

Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
— Thales of Miletus
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Heroes know

Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
— Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
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In search of honey

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
— Joseph Joubert
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❝The courage we desire and prize…❞

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die to die decently, but to live manfully.
— Thomas Carlyle
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❝Nothing exists except atoms and empty space…❞

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion.
— Democritus
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❝If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel…❞

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
— Barry Commoner
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My fifth sex rule

I don't tell you who to fuck, and I expect that you won't tell others who they can't fuck as long as it's unpledged consenting adults.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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❝Gotta have opposites…❞

Gotta have opposites, light and dark and dark and light, in painting. It’s like in life. Gotta have a little sadness once in awhile so you know when the good times come. I'm waiting on the good times now.
— Bob Ross
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Cloned giants

“Conservationists plant a 'super grove' of redwood trees cloned from ancient stumps”

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Coincidence

“Winter Solstice 2018 Coincides With Both A Full Moon And Meteor Shower”

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The Aurora Tree

I love how the photographer lined up the aurora borealis with the tree

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Watching

I wonder what she's looking at.

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“The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1”

“In which John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization. John looks into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists, and how that change has influenced the world we live in today. Also, there are some jokes about cheeseburgers.”

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My fourth sex rule

Acknowledge but not celebrate. It works for sexuality, religion, and politics. Some believe that their moral choices should compel my behavior. Obviously I disagree. I'm under no obligation to fuck you so you can feel validated.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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❝Difference Between Grizzly, Brown, and Kodiak Bears❞

“A video describing the differences between the subspecies of Alaskan brown bears. To see and learn more…”

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“Magic is contagious.”

Objects or beings in physical or psychic contact with each other continue to interact after separation.
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Earth delights

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
— Khalil Gibran
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Ultimate speculation

In fact, the ultimate speculation we can make about the nature of Divinity is that Divinity is NO-THING which we can know. In Hebrew, the word for no-thing (nothing) is AIN.
— Donald Michael Kraig
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❝Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?❞

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
— Henry David Thoreau
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❝I reject your reality and substitute my own.❞

I reject your reality and substitute my own.
— Adam Savage
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Boys must win against powerful odds

There is a constantly reoccurring notion that real manhood is different from simple anatomical maleness, that it is not a natural condition that comes about spontaneously through biological maturation but rather is a precarious or artificial state that boys must win against powerful odds. This recurrent notion that manhood is problematic, a critical threshold that boys must pass through testing, is found at all levels of sociocultural development regardless of what other alternative roles are recognized.
— David Gilmore
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Psychedelics as a catalyst

I see psychedelics as a catalyst and a door opener; I don't see them as a full path.
— Ram Dass, from "The GNOSIS Interview with Ram Dass," Gnosis № 26, Winter 1993
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One tripod leg

The lore behind magick is only one tripod leg. Even there it's about real mastery, not rote recitation. I call it moving beyond the recipe. When you can adapt your technique to what is there and what is needed with a minimum of effort, that's mastery. The lore is about core ideas, not specific practices. That's one of the hardest lessons I've had to learn and I am not good enough with it yet.
— NeoWayland, A Rule of Three
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Short version, yes, magick works.

OK, this is a more complex topic than I want to handle here. Short version, yes, magick works. Most religions recognize it including Christianity (intercessory prayer among other things). Most of the time, it's not necessary or practical. If you're a "good" person by the standards of your culture, you're protected from almost all baneful magick as long as your culture is true to itself.
— NeoWayland
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Deep water

It's the ocean.

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NeoNote — First lesson

Of course, you could stop trying to preach and actually pay attention to what people are willing to share. You might even learn something.

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