Tag: Philosophy

Truth and lies – do you know the difference?

While researching for my new novel – Lords and Lies – (excerpt above), I discovered that contrary to popular belief, there’s no agreement on what is truth – indeed finding one is a central aim of philosophy.

The Unexpected Benefits of Shame

In this context, shame is not a painful conclusion as it often assumed to be the case, but an joyous opportunity.

The Astro-Art of Wisdom

Wisdom requires using your imagination to literally push knowledge and understanding beyond itself into the realm of experience.

Oslo & a sense of community vs. me

Travel is a big eye-opener. It’s a lifesaver too. If we sit in one place too long, just like jelly in a mould we congeal and harden. We get to thinking that the world we see out of our window is all there is to see. This is the way things are. This is the way things have to be. Of course that’s not … Read More Oslo & a sense of community vs. me

Lightness of Being/ Nietzsche’s idea of ‘eternal return’

What if the mistakes we make in the here and now were never going to be made ‘right’ on some dim, distant redemption day?

Today is a Two of Swords Day – Prepare to see things as they really are.

With the sun in Gemini (where we learn that dichotomies like dark/light and good/bad – are but two sides of the same coin) and (2) the moon in Libra (where we often find ourselves in a stalemate) today is a Two of Swords day. On a divinatory level, the Two of Swords suggests we’re trying to preserve the status quo at all costs.  But … Read More Today is a Two of Swords Day – Prepare to see things as they really are.

Making the Most of Meaningful Coincidence

JUNG & SYNCHRONICITY – Making the Most of Meaningful Coincidence © 2007 by Debra Moolenaar The more Barbara reflected on a 12th century saint’s words – ‘being a feather on the breath of God’ – the more real feathers she’d find.  One day while walking a labyrinth and grappling with whether to take her vows in a religious order, Barbara found a special feather, … Read More Making the Most of Meaningful Coincidence

Body & Soul – Harnessing the Renaissance Magic of Marsilio Ficino

BODY & SOUL – Harnessing the Renaissance Magic of Marsilio Ficino by Debra Moolenaar © 2006 Open your life to soul.  Take control of your thoughts and emotions.  Align them with the heavens, and you could you literally realign the energies surrounding you here on earth.  By changing your frame of mind, you’ll make different choices.   You can beat those empty feelings that … Read More Body & Soul – Harnessing the Renaissance Magic of Marsilio Ficino

Playing God – Religious Experience in the 21st Century

At the turn of the last century, the famous philosopher and scientist William James asserted “….the mother sea and fountain-head of all religions lies in the mystical experience of the individual”. James believed that the key to understanding such experience, was to be found in the manner in which our eyes and minds, together, created our world.  Quite simply, for James the varieties of … Read More Playing God – Religious Experience in the 21st Century

Selling Spirituality – where on the package does it say no pain – no gain?

Without qualification we accept that a personal sense of self (an ‘I’ that does things and a ‘me’ to whom things are done) is essential for a healthy, happy every-day kind of life. Yet throughout history mystics from all religions have sought the opposite experience of ‘no-self’ to grasp the ultimate truth – a reality so vastly different from that otherwise experienced that the … Read More Selling Spirituality – where on the package does it say no pain – no gain?

Rousseau’s Social Contract & Why the Rich Get Richer While the Poor Get Poorer

My husband and I recently visited a charming 280-acre National Trust property nestled in the green hills of south Oxfordshire.  First built in the late Middle Ages, Greys Court comprises a substantial complex of sandstone buildings and walled courtyard gardens.  Enjoying coffee and cake in a long, low building said to have garrisoned Cromwell’s soldiers during the Civil War, we contemplated battles long since … Read More Rousseau’s Social Contract & Why the Rich Get Richer While the Poor Get Poorer

The (Philosophical) Demise of Democracy

Of late, there’s been much debate about the collapse of authority in the UK.   It would appear a consensus  of sorts has finally been reached this is not a good thing.  However the hope is the new government will sort it all out for us.  I wonder. In The Republic, Plato reminds us that just as surely as Democracy evolves from Oligarchy (a system … Read More The (Philosophical) Demise of Democracy

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