Tag: death

The Messiahs: Mithras, Osiris, and Apollonius

A long time ago, in a land far away, a child was born. He was the son of a god and a mortal woman, and he used his miraculous powers to do good and to serve others. Tragically, he was betrayed and was killed by his enemies. But ultimately he rose from death and rejoined ...

I Died On the Operating Table Last Night

I was being wheeled into the operating room. The hospital staff were running along side the gurney. I had sustained a massive injury to my head and I was unconscious, probably in a coma. Somehow I was still hyperaware of everything that was going on around me and I knew that I could heal myself ...

Jesus in the Underworld?

The Christian affirmation of belief in Jesus descent to Hades is in the Apostles Creed and in the so-called Athanasian Creed as well as being article III in the Anglican Thiny-Nine Articles. The Biblical origin for this belief which is a major and normative part of Christian tradition, seems to be based on a particular ...

Sheldrake on Life After Death

The paranormal is defined in relation to the normal. Paranormal means beyond the normal. Therefore to define it implies that we know what the moments in sciences is often taking to be the materialist theory.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

We were at my Nana’s house watching TV when I had this strange feeling that the air was being sucked out of the room. I yelled for everyone to get down on the floor and I covered them with blankets. Then, all of the windows in the house exploded inward and there was this overpowering ...

Folie à Deux

What happens to a shared memory when it’s only shared by two people? The only evidence that it even happened at all is contained within the mind of another. Some of my best memories are when it was just me and one friend or girlfriend. Most of the time those people don’t hang around for ...

You Have Colorectal Cancer

This has been a rough week. After CT scans, PET scans, colonoscopies, and biopsies a close family member was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. Three days later surgeons removed an entire large intestine and have already scheduled chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I can’t imagine hearing a doctor say, “You have cancer”. It must be ...

Religious Misunderstandings

Religions are predicated on some profound or miraculous event that requires blind faith to believe in. From an objective point of view, these events are usually quite incredible and sometimes sound plain silly. Did you know that… Christians believe that Jesus was born to a virgin mother and that the universe was created in 6 ...

On Life after Death

Attached is an essay from C.G. Jung on his view of life after death. His witting is always interesting and this one I enjoy in particular. Jung says, “What I have to tell about the hereafter, and about life after death, consists entirely of memories, of images in which I have lived and of thoughts ...

Turn the Other Cheek?

Last week in New Delhi, a radical group of Muslims bombed at market full of civilians. The Muslim militant group Indian Mujahedeen took responsibility. The group sent an email to the media five minutes before the first bomb went off. I realize this happens all the time and not just in India. The problem is ...

The Art Of Dying: Dogs Know

From Britian’s Daily Mail, “Cats who know exactly when they are going to be taken to the vets. Dogs who sense their owners’ whereabouts – even if they are miles away. And birds who seem to mourn the deaths of those around them… our pets and other animals have always been intuitive – but do ...

Top 20 Science Myths

Can a chicken live without its head? Is a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans? Does water drain backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth’s rotation? Do hair and fingernails continue growing after death? Is there gravity in space? Does a falling cat always land on its feet? Do humans use only ...

Jung’s Statements About Suicide

Jung mentions suicide in his letters, often in response to specific questions regarding suicide from correspondents. It is here that we find Jung had quite specific notions of suicide and viewed the act as wasteful. Yet, the connection between his own clients and suicide goes unmentioned. Jung’s strongest statement is made to a “Mrs. N.”, ...

Night Falls Fast

Kay Redfield Jamison describes her own suicide attempt in Night Falls Fast: “I did not consider it a selfish or not-selfish thing to have done. It was simply the end of what I could bear, the last afternoon of having to imagine waking up the next morning only to start all over again with a ...

The Undiscovered Country

There was a point in my life, a tipping point, when the complexity and insanity overwhelmed the simple and peaceful. It’s hard to point to a single day or moment in time when that happened. I think it probably happens to everyone – some people are just stronger than others and they somehow make it ...

The Powerful Play

What would it be like to not exist? A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a friend. She was making fun of me and I was making fun of her. We laughed and talked about music and movies. Today she is in a Ziploc bag on the bookshelf. But, where is she ...

Champagne Supernova In the Sky

Even though I decided a long time ago that I would not live to see my 30th birthday, I just had my 33rd birthday. So biologically, I’ve made it. Spiritually, I can’t say the same. I think my life ended at 29. It’s only now as I wake up to the wreckage that I’ve left ...

Featured Conversation: The Nature of Fear

Is the root of all fear the fear of death? Are fears a teaching tool where the ultimate aim is to confront and move beyond fear? Is fear an essential driving component of creativity? Is fear a human quality that makes the living of life even more of a precious experience? This conversation is in ...

Stealing Home

Sometimes a movie becomes special and meaningful to us because we can identify with it and somehow find ourselves in it. The movie Stealing Home is one of those for me. The acting is not always good but the underlying coming of age story is so simple and human that it just pulls you in: ...

Life Sometimes Gets Pretty Rough

There are rare moments in life when we are aware of what we’re going through. We choose leaving instead of staying put, change instead of comfort, life instead of death. In those rare moments we are given insight into the pain we carry deep into the night. Edward Edinger called this the soul’s nekyia. The ...

The Raft of the Medusa

In humanity’s history, we find the deepest lessons to learn. In 1816, the French frigate “Medusa” shipwrecked near Morocco. The remains of the ship served as the only raft that maintained 149 people without direction for more than 27 days. The dramatic experience impelled a painter to carry out a detailed study of the 15 ...