Nothing Started, Everything Finished

Modern religions still follow the example of earlier, undeveloped tribes and exalt past religious leaders to influence present-day people who lack true spiritual knowledge. Holy books are infused into people’s minds and misinterpretations of these books are invented to fit all situations, while the ‘living book’ of individual self-cultivation and personal growth is suppressed.

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The Crucible Of The Soul

Personal transformation is something we all want, and are often afraid to undertake. The ancient Chinese Book of Changes can offer insights into how we can go about such processes of change so the effects are beneficial and long-lasting. In particular, the hexagram called DǏNG, or ‘The Cauldron’ provides an enigmatic key to learning how to establish something new after we’ve undergone such transformational processes.

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Metametheus & The Rising Sun

Having started off his journeys towards the West, Metametheus visited many different lands and had encountered wonders he had never envisaged during his time in Polis. Then one day, the world had become unexpectedly plunged into darkness. Lost in the darkness, he found himself in the Middle Land of the Reed Plains.

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Outside Looking In

I’ve spent the last 6 days either in transit or trying to keep up with the Tokyo hustle. My muscles ache, my mind is over-stimulated from a saturation of new experiences, and my spirit yearns for silence and stillness. I discover that I have the opportunity to attend a Zen meditation session at a functioning temple in Kyoto. What I received was an insight into the real Japan, and an insight into my own heart.

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Power, Corruption, And Lies

[Potential Spoiler Alert] — The popular Japanese manga and anime series FullMetal Alchemist is a tale of redemption, following the adventures of Elric brothers, Eric and Alphonse, as they attempt to heal themselves after a failed attempt to resurrect their dead mother. What they discover on that journey is that the creed of alchemy, the Law of Equivalent Exchange, is more than just a rule for performing magic; it is a guideline for all of existence.

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Re-Iterative Existence

The dualism of Chaos/Order in the Western existentialist paradigm is hurting humans and the natural world alike. In contrast to this is the ancient Taoist view of a unified polarity. This is my response to the @tribesteemup bi-weekly Question: Do you believe that there is inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?

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The Edges Of Twilight

Throughout the history of civilisation, their wildness has also signified the dark hearts of our imagination: they represent dangerous places where ogres and bunyips steal children. The wild chaos of the forest stands in silent, sharp contrast to the imaginary order that civilisation believes it represents…

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