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Mind and Spirituality

There is something rather than nothing. This is Cosmos.

A human may only glimpse a fragment of this Cosmos. This is Aesthesis.

Some are aware that Aesthesis exists, and others are not. This is Gnosis.


An Analysis of the Pantheistic Worldview Using Smart's Six Dimensions

This is my first academic treatment of Pantheism.

The term 'pantheism' is a relatively modern one that describes not an orthodox religious discipline, but rather a worldview or philosophical view within a religious context. Without going into the lengthy and often contested details of pantheism, it can generally be described as the view that God and the cosmos are identical.


Eudaimonia: An Argument for Pantheism

This is a short thought on Pantheism, the concept espoused by many but articulated masterfully by Spinoza, asserting that there is no separation between 'the divine' and 'the profane'.

While I abhor proselytizing (and here, the full definition of abhor "regard with disgust and haterd" applies), I must offer a riposte to those who have derided me for not having "developed a real worldview" - you know, like Einstein, Whitman, and Thoreau.


Song of God

One of the most impactful and salient books a person can read is the Bhagavad-Gita, widely regarded as Hinduism's central and seminal revelation. Beyond its spiritual implications, the Gita answers in great detail the ever-plaguing question 'How can a warrior kill yet still be moral?' The problem with current translations is that they are full of foreign words and alien philosophical systems, rendering them barely palatable to the modern Western reader. This version seeks to remedy that by supplanting unfamiliar ideas with correlating concepts found in Western traditions (such as Masonry, Hermeticism, Alchemy, Christianity, Gnosticism, etc.)

Song of God finds a young tank commander, A.J. Nash, in the leading element of the coming assault at the kickoff of the First Gulf War. Waiting in the long night between Coalition and Iraqi lines, A.J. is torn between his duty as a soldier and his moral obligation to not kill. What transpires is a conversation in which A.J. not only discovers how to reconcile this dilemma, but also the very Truth that lies behind the fabric of reality, itself!


A Collection of Dreams

This loose and unformatted collection chronicles a series of dreams I experienced between about 1999 and 2006. This period was, for me, the height of exploration of transcendental mystery systems, and a period of profound and numinous experiences. These dreams were merely a continuation of ritual into my sleeping hours.

A magical kidnapping of a pregnat woman, an interrogator with three eyes, an ancient dojo, a shapeshifting demon - what does it all mean?


A Lecture: Freemasonry Among Native Americans

This is a very brief lecture I presented to the brothers at the Paw Paw-Lawton Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in 2006.

This lecture, a meta-analysis of earlier works from others such as Bro. James Fairbarin Smith, 33rd Degree, and Charles Eastman, argues that Craft Masonry may have existed in some form among the Native Americans at some very early date.


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