The Truth About Pride

If I were not a gay man, I would be accused of homophobia for saying this, but pride is not defined as a summer month celebrating homosexuality.  The media might have us believe that the only definition of ‘pride’ is purely associated with being gay and that after June we don’t need to think about it again until the following summer.  But there is pride in being gay, just as there is pride in being straight, bisexual or asexual. Pride is a wonderful thing that, thankfully, is not bound to one gender or sexual orientation. Pride has gotten away from … Continue reading The Truth About Pride

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Inversion and selfishness are at the root of all lies. Lies are not just the inversion of truth, but the inversion and destruction of reason. A lying individual may take up the practice not just to get his way, but for reasons he views as being purely practical.  He may not be clever enough to get away with his fabrications for long, but there will always be more lies and excuses to justify them. A good liar not only lies to others, but to himself as well. The imagined practicality of telling lies offers the liar opportunity to proceed up … Continue reading THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

They Are Sooo Unhappy

It seems that I can’t get out of the house without experiencing the pain of others.  I deleted my Facebook account last year to escape the pain and noise of the echo chamber that it is, but even walking into public, people appear beat-up and defeated. Only yesterday I made the mistake of allowing an acquaintance’s Instagram post interfere with my thoughts and her update haunted me all day. The post was a photo of the sky, a beautiful clear, blue sky with a caption that read, “I am just about infuriated at how beautiful today is.” One more in … Continue reading They Are Sooo Unhappy

Self Transformation Can Get Ugly

I have become fascinated by horror movies where people are transformed into monsters. The idea that a poison takes over or a contamination turns someone into a fiendish creature is an interesting theme for a movie, but the reality is that we are doing it to ourselves quite openly all the time. Triggered. Child tantrums have made way for adult meltdowns and seriously low karmic behavior goes from the periodic to standard practice. We use labels and fear to justify our behavior, opt for selective outrage and express intolerance for anyone who refuses to take part in our rage. Self … Continue reading Self Transformation Can Get Ugly

What We Can Learn From Limahl

This just goes to show that you never know where you might find words of wisdom and powerful things to reflect on that will help your spiritual growth and transformation. It never occurred to me to turn to 80s pop star Limahl of Kajagoogoo to contemplate one of the problems crippling so many people today–prescription drug use. Prescribing meds to ‘fix’ our problems is a pet peeve of mine, particularly since we have seen them prescribed more frequently and at younger and younger ages. It’s disturbing to think that being on meds has become as normal as taking Vitamin C.  … Continue reading What We Can Learn From Limahl

Are You Being Vampirized?

I had a dream last night about an old friend. He was my best friend for 5 or 6 years.   We worked on creative projects together, we were even roommates for a while. But something happened and our friendship devolved into an energy-sucking one-way street. I had moved to the opposite coast and noticed that our telephone conversations were becoming more and more one-sided and would end when he was done saying everything he needed to say. This went on for some time until I finally explained that we couldn’t be friends anymore. We got off the phone and I … Continue reading Are You Being Vampirized?

Are You In Hell?

SOURCE: Samhain, #6. You might gather by my use of the imagery above that this is not necessarily a fuzzy rainbows and group hug New Age spirituality blog. Like tough love, tough graphics work  to get a point across too so time and again I will likely be using some unconventional visuals to accompany my writing. When I came across this photo from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser it reminded me of why I started doing the work that I’m doing. When you become more in tune with your true inner being; when awareness shifts and your priorities change, more meaning can … Continue reading Are You In Hell?

Just Suffer

SUFFERING. When I was a kid we used to say, “Suffer!” as a way of saying, “Too bad, deal with it.” I thought it was funny back then, but now it’s all too painfully real. We NEED to experience emotional pain in order to understand what it’s like to be free from it and to overcome it. We do ourselves a disservice when we shield our children from experience and every unpleasantness. We fall deeper into a despair that we can’t begin to fathom when we choose to cover our real and imagined problems with medication, labels or a host … Continue reading Just Suffer

Accept This Truth

I have been trying to get my point across for as long as I can remember.  I have lingering memories of questioning things and wanting answers, my Lilliputian defiance demanded it. It’s no surprise that this photo came to mind as I considered the starting point for this blog. Even here at the age of four, I can almost recall a sense of knowing something about the world that was not told to me, but was just there in my mind to ask about and then confront adults when their actions veered from the sensical. I’ve learned a lot since … Continue reading Accept This Truth