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  1. My guess...the first "death" is referring to what we call "childbirth"...and the "second death" is referring to what we call death. To "die before you die" is the gist of a common invitation at the root of all good religion...an invitation to practice silence and stillness as a minimum foundation for service. Radical periods of silence and stillness are the most direct and "effortless" way to "taste death and live". Short of that...injury, illness, being near death or simply aging, tend to force us into such deeper layers of self-discovery. The adult religious folks who miss this are the o
  2. i was under the impression that "the apocalypse" was the only one written "by" Jesus. haha
  3. Seems to me that in the seasonality of life, autumn arrives for everyone who lives to see it. The midpoint of life is a "God-given" rite of passage into deeper reflection. We have never had as many elbows in our road to reflect on as we do now. With this comes a season of regrets. A season of noticing patterns. A season of humiliations. A season of beginning to reap what we’ve sown...even if we didn’t know what we were sowing. Some have called it a “Wilderness Stage.” The way we respond to this varies, but a common response is fight or flight. It is also a strong invitation to enter that wil
  4. to add...most of my conversations/encounters occur in dreams or meditative states. some of the most profound and vivid experiences happened while practicing guided visualizations specifically designed to help dying people talk to those who passed before them...as a way to help them die well. in fact, such dreams and encounters naturally increase as we near our own death...thus, the practices.
  5. i certainly do, E i've not only experienced very "haunted" conditions, but have studied all manner of such things in the context of end-of-life care. i am quite convinced that relationships do not end with the death of the human body, and our capacity to have those conversations is neither supernatural nor strange, but rather extra-ordinary and quite simple. Healthy and sane, even. Overall, i'm mostly with Roy on all this. Death may be more like birth than we realize. Most of us typically came out screaming bloody murder the first time, too. Natural misunderstanding.
  6. Thanks for that, Steve. For me, any more...any demand that "you must say it this way" or that way...any deathgrip on words like that seems like the result of a very early stage of human faith. What can be described as magical and mythical faith involves a dependence on the "supernatural" power of specific words and sayings and stories (even holy canons)...mistaking the finger for the moon. Such mistakes even occurs in secular contexts. When someone says "that is not (fill in supernatural myth or story), it is really just the moon. Which is made up of ___ and ___, etc...". What we call the moon
  7. seems like a regular enough topic that we keep revisiting here to call it important. vital. sacred. whatever. like a fire that will not go out. just keeps smoldering. maybe the smoke is like a prayer in God's nostrils. i'll offer another ember. i agree with the types of monks and nuns who cared for the ill and dying throughout the histories of hospital and hospice...that unforgiveness is a type of suffering. or spiritual pain, if you will. like an inner illness or dis-ease. and it tends to really heat up and glow as we near the end of this life...whatever unforgiveness remains. it is not
  8. Supernumerary Rainbow...Oh...My..God! :B) you mean the illusions are true? :blink:
  9. yep, abundant honor to that which we think is less honorable. like how a valuable way to see the health of a thing is to look at the waste. and how it can be said that the seat and root of all spiritual practice is the arse. :B) one of my favorite ways to describe things like psychological shadow-work and dream-work is "processing crap" i post this as an avid composter and fan of all things alchemical.
  10. Catnip is quite friendly to people too.
  11. ive never been able to agree with your strategies on all this, sudo. you seem to avoid the majority of data and gobs of direct experience. not likely to perform a wide range of injunctions to test the theories you reject. yada yada. but i do respect your right to kvetch and crusade about a thing in hypertext. you obviously feel its important. good luck. regarding the "soul"...it may be that there need not be some sort of psychological or biological pathology or imbalance to start noticing the countless voices within each of us. it seems more like a natural outcome of the human experience. alr
  12. wow, e. what a gift. off topic...i suscribe to a board game blog written by an Erik Arneson on about.com. I often wonder if he is related.
  13. yep. yep. yep. :) and thanks for telling. what a beautiful house. inspired me to riff a sec... nightmares seem like the most helpful kinds of dreams. practicing dreaming to engage them more clearly and memorably helps even more. lucid dreaming even more. like lightning a menorah to illuminate the darkest corners of our house. consciously talking to voices of the self. wrestling with our shadow is another important kind of dream. like jacob's. "love your enemy." it is also not uncommon for the body to be telling us about health issues using people and things in dreams. and dreams onl
  14. funny. many of the kid and adult players i knew picked "chaotic evil" for their character alignment. and many of them actually played that way. "hack and slash"...like many of the popular video games today. as the game master i liked to play the good aligned monsters to either thwart or help them. the monster manual template even helped me design my own pantheon of angels. children playing God using game theory...go figure. gee, thanks Asimov and Tolkien.
  15. this thread is gettin rich...i was a dungeon master long before i was a twiggie...the original monster manual had entire pantheons of demons (chaotic evil) and devils (lawful evil) but no angels...although it included a few good aligned spirit beings...like sphinxes. ... one of the last word studies i did before parting with twi was on some KJV NT occurance of "superstition"...something-daimonia in greek...meant "fear of demons" or something something clicked and i saw the superstition in twi. nowadays i see the histories of psychology and consciousness in bible stories about demons...so
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