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  • The Tower: Sometimes we are the lightning bolt
    The tower tarot card: Sometimes we are the lightning bolt
    When you look at the Tower tarot card as it is typically depicted, you see a lightning bolt striking a tower with unfortunate people falling to their doom. This powerful imagery tells us that sometimes, it takes a huge blast of energy to knock us...
  • The World Tarot Card
    The world tarot card: Mastering humanity
    The world card of tarot, marking the completion of a Fool’s journey as it does, may ask the question, “What have you learned? How have you changed? Have you mastered humanity? Have you become enlightened?”What does this mean, ...
  • The power of love in 'A Royal Affair'
    The power of love in 'A Royal Affair'
    Inspired by a true story, "A Royal Affair" centers on the tangled love story of Caroline (Alicia Vikander), a princess living in the shackles of an arranged marriage who falls in love with her husband’s physician, and sparks a love...
  • Theosophical Society
    Valley of the Sun Theosophical Society forum: the soul
    The newly formed Valley of the Sun Theosophical Society Study Group has announced their first public forum. The topic of this lecture, question and answer session is, “Calling our souls to service in daily living”, Sunday, November 23,...
  • Meditation Area
    Buddhism for non-Buddhists
    Buddhism makes up the world's fourth largest world religion and one of the oldest. Religion in general has been slowly decreasing in many countries around the world as society changes and technology advances, but Buddhism has been one of the...
  • Noble Eightfold Path
    The Noble Eightfold Path in a nutshell
    The Noble Eightfold Path (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) described by the Buddha is the path that leads to the end of suffering. It is a practical guideline for ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing ourselves from the Three Poisons (ignorance,...
  • Birds flying away
    Life pace
    What kind of pace are you pushing to meet in your life today? Are you living in the moment, taking it all in and enjoying the journey or are you busy multitasking, speeding through a to do list a mile long and living for the future? I’m not...
  • Lucy the Movie
    Lucy is a great movie; a must-see (no spoiler)
    Lucy is a movie that is not-to-be-missed. Written and directed by the brilliant Frenchman Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, The Big Blue), this film is a metaphysical equivalent of the Matrix or [insert your favorite high-concept...
  • Darwin Exhibition, New York, Nov. 15, 2005
    Obstacles to critical thinking in the United States
    “The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - we haven’t seen them since.” -Gore VidalThe freedom to be dumb appears to be an endearing quality of the American people. It’s as if most of us are...
  • Darwin Exhibition, New York, Nov. 15, 2005
    Obstacles to critical thinking
    “ The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - we haven’t seen them since.” - Gore VidalThe freedom to be dumb appears to be an endearing quality of the American people. It’s as if most of us are...
  • I Am
    I Am Already That Which I Seek
    From the time we are born, we innately understand that in order to succeed in this world we must strive for it. Children must learn to crawl, walk and then run. We must strive to get an education, job, career or start a business. We have to seek...
  • Non-Judegment Day is near!
    End of the world Update
    BackgroundThe world ended for the Hebrew tradition in 70 AD when the temple was destroyed for the third and last time. Life was never the same for the Jewish community after that. In fact, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains that destruction almost...
  • Enlightened View Radio Show
    Metaphysical Finds: The Enlightened View radio show
    Dear Readers, I have let you down. The Enlightened View radio show debuted earlier this year and I failed to let you know about it in a timely manner. I am rectifying my error today. The Enlightened View has four enlightened hosts, two of whom I...
  • Stages of Enlightenment
    Buddhist Life: The Stages of Enlightenment
    Depending on beliefs, there are generally four stages between becoming a Buddhist and attaining Enlightenment, though some belief systems specify this is for the sangha or the “brotherhood” of clergy comprised of monks, ministers, and...
  • What is samsara?
    Buddhist Life: What is samsara?
    Samsara is a word found in Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as other belief systems, and it refers to the unending cycle of rebirth. In Buddhism, samsara is the cycle that we are all on, consisting of birth and death, which repeat many times. For a...