Buddhism

Zen Ox Herding Pictures: Introduction

The ox herding pictures represent the process of awakening as described in Zen Buddhism. Each image is a metaphor that reveals the internal stages of meditation – how awakening looks from the inside. In this series we’ll look at each picture and explore what they mean, but first a bit of background. The original drawings… Continue reading Zen Ox Herding Pictures: Introduction

Writing

The Real Cause of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome It

Every writer gets stuck once in a while, but suffering from writer’s block takes stuckness to a whole new level. It’s said that the difference between writers and would-be writers is that writers write. They actually put the words down and keep putting the words down – regardless. So what happens when you’re a writer… Continue reading The Real Cause of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome It

Psychology

Evolution of Consciousness: Spiritual Crisis

Life has an uncanny ability to undermine your sense of self-importance and competence. No matter how hard you try, you’re never going to make sense of it. You’ll never fully know yourself and life will always surprise you. This is good, but we don’t always see it that way. When you identify with your ego… Continue reading Evolution of Consciousness: Spiritual Crisis

Astro Journal

What is Astrology?

Astrology is an ancient symbolic system of psychology that works through the principles of hermetic philosophy: as above, so below. It isn’t about fortune telling or prediction, and doesn’t make things happen. The relationship between the movement of the planets and our experience is not causal but synchronistic. Used properly, astrology is another way of making meaning;… Continue reading What is Astrology?

Creativity

Being Creative in a Mad World: Acting

To be creative you must act. Creativity is meaningless if it isn’t acted upon and made real. If you do nothing, you’ve got nothing. You become what you do. In the face of the immensity of the universe and overwhelmed by your own smallness, it’s easy to believe you are insignificant. You work to create… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Acting

Creativity

Being Creative in a Mad World: Committing

Committing to living creatively means you care. It’s an investment in yourself, in your future, in the process of creating, and in others. You are entangled with your inspiration and passions, like two quarks linked across time and space, pulsing with the dance of life. Failure to commit is a refusal to live consciously or… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Committing

Creativity

Being Creative in a Mad World: Meaning

What is the meaning of life? We all have our favourite answers to this question, but it’s a mistake to think meaning exists out there in the world somewhere, just waiting for you to discover it. Of course, you can take your sense of meaning from outside yourself, in family, career or accomplishment, but this… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Meaning

Creativity

Being Creative in a Mad World: Existing

Do you know you’re alive? It seems like an obvious question. Descartes summed it up in his famous statement, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ There is no way you can doubt your existence because the very fact of your doubt proves it. Do you appreciate the fact that you are alive, or do you subsist?… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Existing