Contemplating Darker Paths (January 2018)

 

“The Other Side (called in the Qabalah “Sitra Ahra”) is this side of reality that is not contained within the frames of Creation. It is the realm of dark, chaotic powers that exist outside the structured universe, the nightside of the Cosmic Tree, and a negative mirror of light and order.”
— Asenath Mason

 

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Contemplating (redux) by GAR

 

Namir-Ha by GAR

 

Black Sun Gateway by GAR

 

Wishes and Dreams (January 2018)

 

“According to Buddhism, the root of suffering is neither the feeling of pain nor of sadness nor even of meaninglessness. Rather, the real root of suffering is this never-ending and pointless pursuit of ephemeral feelings, which causes us to be in a constant state of tension, restlessness and dissatisfaction. Due to this pursuit, the mind is never satisfied. Even when experiencing pleasure, it is not content, because it fears this feeling might soon disappear, and craves that this feeling should stay and intensify. People are liberated from suffering not when they experience this or that fleeting pleasure, but rather when they understand the impermanent nature of all their feelings, and stop craving them. This is the aim of Buddhist meditation practices. In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. All kinds of feelings go on arising and passing – joy, anger, boredom, lust – but once you stop craving particular feelings, you can just accept them for what they are. You live in the present moment instead of fantasising about what might have been. The resulting serenity is so profound that those who spend their lives in the frenzied pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it. It is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good’ waves and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad’ waves to prevent them from getting near him. Day in, day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. Eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. How peaceful!”
— Yuval Noah Harari

 

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Dark Dreams by GAR

 

Beach Under a Copper Sky (redux) by GAR

 

Wishing Well (redux) by GAR

 

Soft Realities (December 2017)

 

I tend to see reality as being soft. Oh there is hard reality – deaths of loved ones, physical injury and the pain of growing up. These things tend to be universal. Most reality is a lot softer and open to interpretation. Two people can see the same sequence of events and yet process it in such different ways that an outsider hearing the two talks would find it difficult to be convinced that they weren’t two different sequences altogether. The Mandela effect tends to be strong and things are remembered differently. Add a third person and a third reality emerges.

 

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Muin (Vine) by GAR

 

Contemplation of the Soul (Redux) by GAR

 

Between a Rock and a Soft Reality by GAR