On a pleasant bank beside a river by moonlight…

Happy birthday, William Blake. An Angel came to me and said: 'O pitiable foolish young man! O horrible! O dreadful state! consider the hot burning dungeon thou art preparing for thyself to all eternity, to which thou art going in such career.' I said: 'perhaps you will be willing to shew me my eternal lot & we will contemplate together upon it and see whether your lot or mine is most desirable.' So he took me thro' a stable & thro' a church & down into the church vault at the end of … [Read more...]

Pandora, Ken Wilber, and William Blake

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive post in response to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. Here are my admittedly rambling and random thoughts in response to her articulate writing. Hopefully these thoughts, disjointed as they might be, can stimulate even further reflection and conversation for those who choose to read them. … [Read more...]

Stay Tuned…

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive response/critique to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. I don't have time this morning to write a response to her thoughts (my car is in the shop and I need to pick it up before I go to work), but I'll do so either tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here are three quotations that might give you a hint as to where my … [Read more...]

William Blake

Today is William Blake's 250th birthday.I first learned that such a thing as mysticism existed when I studied Blake in my 11th grade English class. My teacher, Mrs. Romano, gave us a handout about Blake, in which she described him as "a mystic." I asked her what that meant. She fumbled through her answer, but basically suggested he was a super-spiritual visionary. I don't know if I fell in love with Blake or with mysticism that day, but both appealed to me.When I was in college, I simply … [Read more...]


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