A Pagan Perspective on Wilderness

Gus diZerega

I recently spent a weekend at a Geography of Hope conference focused on the thinking of Aldo Leopold, perhaps America’s most important environmental thinker. He is rivaled today only by Henry David Thoreau and John Muir.  I personally consider Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac a classic because, for me, the test of a classic is how the author seemingly gets smarter and more insightful each time we read him.  Such has been my oft-repeated experience with Leopold.There is likely no major dimen … [Read more...]

The Mirage of Monotheism

Gus diZerega

For thousands of years people lived in a world they experienced as populated by a multitude of spiritual forces. Apparently they did not think of them as being subordinate to some central divine king, if for no other reason than because they were acquainted with no such concept.  Today many scholars see this primordial awareness of spiritual multiplicity as a first step towards more sophisticated spiritual understandings, a spiritual journey culminating in monotheism.  To them, we contemporary P … [Read more...]

If Thought Forms Exist, What Can We Do About Them?

Gus diZerega

I have tried to make the case that ideas are more important than we usually acknowledge. They are more than just fleeting flights of subjectivity that pass through our minds and are gone.  Thought forms are ideas on steroids.They are also our creations, though I suspect they have other sources as well.Thought forms are dependent on the people who generate the mental energy empowering them.  Good or bad, they are expressions of human creativity. Take away our energy and focus, and they w … [Read more...]

Thought Forms and the American Crisis: Esoteric Insights

Gus diZerega

If Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker can become thought forms able to influence a sensitive medium, human history becomes a great deal more complicated.The idea of a thought form holds that we create and empower psychic energy by molding it through disciplined focused attention.  The literary thought form concept suggests something similar can arise from less disciplined, less focused attention by many people over a prolonged period.  This would be particularly likely if the center of focus c … [Read more...]

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Thought Forms

Gus diZerega

I have been over my head in a scholarly writing project, and my blog posts have suffered. However, the paper I am working on melds matters metaphysical with contemporary political phenomena, even though I will not go explicitly into the metaphysics there. But the metaphysical issues are important, maybe very much so. It dawned on me that an earlier blog post I’d made had set the stage for that discussion of politics and metaphysics. Further, a mostly Pagan audience is more receptive to the r … [Read more...]


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