Kõ-an – a paradox anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logic and provoke a more direct perception of reality called enlightenment. Kõ-ans have always exercised an intellectual fascination over those who have come in contact with them. Some have found Kõ-ans profound and intellectually challenging while others have dismissed… Continue reading Zen riddles that I like…
Another coaching model of interest is Existential Coaching – which, like all coaching paradigms, seeks to facilitate positive change. If (1) the popular sports-based models (T-GROW) focus on increased performance and (2) narrative coaching focuses on crafting a new client story, then (3) Existential Coaching beats a unique path in between. According to Ernesto Spinelli,… Continue reading Existential Coaching
Each of us is a unique blend of both positive and negative personality traits, both of which help to satisfy our basic wants and needs. Interestingly, we tend to focus not on our strengths but on our weaknesses because, let’s face it, it’s human nature to concentrate on what goes wrong. Although it is… Continue reading Positive or Negative – or too hard to tell?
This weekend, I was privileged to participate in an academic conference, The Talking Sky, hosted by the University of Wales and The Sophia Centre. The purpose of the conference was to explore the cultural aspects of diverse myths inspired by the heavens. Whilst many important points were made, one surfaced time and time again –… Continue reading Hidden Dangers of The Hero’s (mythological) Journey
Transiting Pluto (19 Capricorn) continues to hammer Ms K’s natal Mars (18 Cancer). Worse, her natal Saturn (14 Capricorn) is involved. It’s through Saturn that Ms K will find the strength and wisdom to get through life and with her strong Saturn (in ruler-ship and plugged into the angles) that should be fairly easy. But… Continue reading Time for Ms K to consolidate Saturn
Incarnation is a lifetime process during which my soul travels downwards through the chakras from the Sun to Saturn and back up again: Down: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Up: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury, and Sun. I engage (or not) with this process with every thought, decision, and action that… Continue reading Gateways of the Soul – The Seven Seals or Planets
Post truth = the OED word of the year = objective facts less important to forming public opinion than appeals to emotions and personal belief. According to OED, post-truth has come about as the result of ‘truth’ having become devalued – life as we have known it is finished, or is it? Let’s take a closer… Continue reading Post Truth = Propaganda
These days, there seems to be a good deal of praying going on. I have no problem with that – we need people of faith to counterbalance those of too little (or no) faith. However, I’d just like to point out that there are a good many people who could use some help in the here and… Continue reading Praying
Like Locke, our forefathers believed that government should respect the rights of its citizens. Unlike Locke, they were not interested in constraining an existing government (i.e. the king) to achieve this.
Bottom line – in troubled times, fascism appear more capable of providing basic needs than does democracy.