No activity can be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied … since the mind when distracted absorbs nothing deeply, but rejects everything which is, so to speak, crammed into it. Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn… Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die. Seneca on The Shortness of Life
Remember, Every Breath is Precious: Dying Taught Me How to Live by Lesley Joan Lupo
"I don’t remember hearing any snorts or whinnies. I don’t remember smelling the sweat streaming off the newly unsaddled backs or seeing the dust kicked up by the drumming hooves. The only thing I remember was me, my essence, my soul, popping out of my body several seconds before it was caught up in a stampede.
So writes Lesley Joan Lupo in a fascinating account of her near-death experience and her trip ‘Upstairs’ to the realm beyond space and time. Read more...
Entity claiming to be Mary, Queen of Scots communicates with rescue circle in UK. Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587): The evening of 20th November 1995 remains so sharp in memory—heart warming—emotionally charged—historic. The visit had been attempted several months earlier, but conditions had been less than favourable and after a few minutes was terminated. No name was given then, but one present had sensed an identity, wrote it down, sealed it in an envelope and handed it to Leslie (the circle leader) for safe keeping. But now, this time the link was strong:
“Daemon” by Brian Inglis SOCRATES
After his judges had found him guilty of corrupting the youth of Athens, Socrates explained why he did not intend to dispute their verdict:
THE PERSISTENCE OF SPIRITS by Jack Hunter Belief in the existence of spiritual entities is arguably one of the earliest manifestations of modern human thought. In seeking the origins of religious ideas, anthropologists in the Nineteenth century looked to indigenous peoples around the world for examples of bygone primitive beliefs. What they found were multitudes of cosmological systems that differed drastically to from the accepted mechanistic world-view of Victorian physics – worlds inhabited by spirits and other supernatural entities, where magic was both widespread and efficacious.
Finishing like Bush 41 by Michael Tymn: When former President George W. Bush (Bush 43) ended the eulogy for his father, former President George H. W. Bush (Bush 41), last week by saying something to the effect that his father was looking forward… Read more
Murder and Arson in a Secular World by Stafford Betty: As I write, thirteen people, the latest victims of a mass shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks, are dead. Elsewhere in the state we see a different kind of threat. Brush fires are raging in Ventura County,… Read more
Profiling the Atheist by Michael Tymn: During my lifetime of more than four-score years, I have met many people who call themselves atheists. Read more