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The following is a useful list categorizing each of the 64 hexagrams of the ancient Chinese study I Ching, or Book of Changes. For further information on this classic spiritual work, see my workshop on the I Ching. Glenda Taylor Information in the table below is gratefully taken from a more [...]
My dearly beloved friends and family, Like you, I am sure, this week, including as it has the events in Boston, Washington, and now the small town of West in Texas, and also the places where storms may ravage our countryside and our cities, this week has sent me [...]
I’m slowly dissolving into the Void. While others are spending years sitting upright on hard cushions, striving not to strive to achieve mindlessness, I’m getting it for free by merely ageing, you see. I step into the shower, say, and, warm water streaming over me, I close my eyes [...]
This may be my best effort to express my life values.
When I was eight years old my mother and my stepfather married, my biological father having been dead since I was a baby. We moved temporarily to my stepfather’s mother’s home far out in the country, miles away from the home of my mother’s aunt where we had lived most [...]
A poem written years ago about an incident when I was a small child involving a life lesson about tolerance and humanity--a race riot in the 1940's.
Take heart! Although the news each day seems more and more alarming, the political divisions and unrest, at home and abroad, seem more and more severe, do not think that hope is lost. Consider how many times those who came before us had to struggle through overwhelming situations. The [...]
A new year. But what’s new about it? The same old fretful dithering, over health, politics, family issues repeated over generations. Why bother to make new resolutions when the lists from more than seventy new years, yellowed and frayed around the edges, still remind me of my always [...]
"You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck!” Sufi Mystic Rumi Recently, National Public Radio began airing a series of readings of short essays, each composed by a different individual [...]
Quotation by Thomas J. McFarlane from Process and Emptiness: A Comparison of Whitehead’s Process Philosophy and Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy “…One of the core doctrines in Buddhist philosophy is that everything exists as a dependent arising (pratityasamutpada). According to the Buddha, all phenomena are dependent arisings, meaning not only that [...]
"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. [...]
“Normal comes from normaliter, meaning in a straight line, directly. The 16th and 17th century meaning of ‘normal’ was rectangular, perpendicular, standing at a right angle. The word in our usage today, however, connotes average, usual, regular, not deviant. Thus it has to do with statistical certainty, and with [...]
Vision Dictionary Definitions: Latin: Videre: To see Some of its derivatives: Visible: Can be seen with the eye or evident to the mind; on hand. Vision: 1} Act or power to see with the eye 2} Something not seen with the eye, supernatural 3} Mental image, imaginative contemplation 4} ability [...]
The word "self" is used in different ways by many authors…However, Jung gives the term a very specific meaning and consequently does not use it loosely… He regards people who ordinarily come to him for treatment as being very much centered in their outer consciousness, with the center of awareness [...]
“…A feel for the mysterious and the unseen is thus entirely proper to our experience of the material surroundings. Invisibility is not, first and foremost, an attribute of some supernatural domain beyond the sensuous, but is integral to our encounter with material nature itself. While there exist around us [...]
“…Every day, in almost all its branches, the revelations of modern science offer evidence that the universe, reality itself, is alive—alive beyond all imagining. All those who love science must know this truth in their bones, whatever may be the view officially sanctioned in the corridors of our universities [...]
'Remember that sometimes to change your mind is just as astute as to be able to discern the right course without advice.' Marcus Aurelius 'Before each action think: shall I have no reason to repent it afterwards?' Marcus Aurelius 'Virtue and wickedness exist, not as emotions and thoughts, but as [...]
“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey…Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already [...]
Women’s Voices: “Full maturity…is achieved by realizing that you have choices to make.” Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean, School of Nursing, Indiana University, noted for her work on women’s health issues. “You grow up the day you have the first real laugh—at yourself.” Ethel Barrymore [...]
“If one has, indeed, done deeds of wickedness, but afterward alters his way and repents, resolved not to do anything wicked, but to practice reverently all that is good, he is sure in the long run to obtain good fortune—this is called changing calamity into blessing.” Taoism. Treatise on [...]
“So long as you feel the human contact, the atmosphere of mutual confidence, there is no danger; and even if you have to face the terrors of insanity, or the shadowy menace of suicide, there is still that area of human faith, that certainty of understanding and of being [...]
From The World's Religions, by Huston Smith: “Muslims point out that Muhammad incorporated into his charter for Medina the principle of religious toleration that these verses announce. They regard that document as the first charter of freedom of conscience in human history and the authoritative model for those of [...]
What are we to do? In this time of cultural chaos, this video explores the question of where we may find the bedrock values and strength to go on and to have peace in our lives.
Every time I've come to Colorado by driving up out of the mostly flat lands of East Texas, through the endless plains, to the foothills, and eventually to the sudden uprising of the great Rockies, I've reflected on the experiences of pioneer families coming in their covered wagons. I [...]
This article, War, Peace, Reconciliation, is by Glenda Taylor, who notes: "I wrote this in 1989, but amazingly, as I read it in the year 2018, it is as current today as ever it was then!" Last month in our home town, a young man hanged himself. In another [...]
“…From observing the world around them, they could see orderly processes that marked the way organic life behaved. From the obvious motions of the sun and moon to the effects of periodic winds, rains, and snows, the regularity of nature suggested some greater power that guaranteed enough stability to [...]
Black Elk was a holy man of the Oglala Sioux. The following quotes are from Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux: “The Sun Dance…We hold it during the Moon of Making Fat, because this is the time when [...]
“Cracks,” a poem by Glenda Taylor I. Somehow, perhaps temporarily, I have fallen into one or another of the cracks that can open in Wholeness itself, fissures that split Being into separate fragments called, first one and then another-- soul, heart, body, mind, ethereal, mental, mystical, sexual, permitted, profane, forbidden, [...]
1850 BC Egyptian texts describe the first known reference to contraceptives. 1750 BC The Code of Hammurabi, the Babylonian law code, protects a woman's right to hold and inherit property. 1500 BC Female students attend the Egyptian medical school at Heliopolis. 1450 BC By law and by custom, Mesopotamian [...]
Hinduism and the Meaning of the Self, an excerpt from Huston Smith: “…Pleasure, success, responsible discharge of duty, and liberation—we have completed the circuit of what people think they want and what they want in actuality. This takes us back to the staggering conclusion with which our survey of [...]
I awoke this morning to the familiar cadence of a certain bird that greets each day perched on a bush somewhere outside my bedroom window at dawn. The amazing thing to me is that, daily, my barely-awake mind, without giving it any conscious thought at all, fits a different [...]
My Concern For The Children, by Glenda Taylor South Texas Border - U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2014; Photo by Eddie Perez and US Dept. of Homeland Security, Public Domain. When my third grandson was born with a critical heart defect, I entered the Neonatal Intensive [...]
Glenda Taylor Comments: Yesterday morning I read something that was perfect for me personally to hear on the day of the “Great Debate.” It gave me a delightful and ancient context for our zany and critically important political drama, in which I, like many others, am caught up, raising [...]
The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said that the gods and goddesses of myth are “archetypal” symbols. Jung spent a great deal of time developing his theories concerning archetypes, and many psychologists since Jung have further developed this concept. By now there is even a branch of psychology that is [...]
“An archetype is like an old watercourse along which the water of life has flowed for centuries, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it has flowed in this channel the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return to its old bed.” From [...]
I am currently camping out near the Four Corners area of Colorado. I picked up a Navajo Nation newspaper, and I noted an article citing the Navajo Nation's reaction to the current border crisis in the U.S. I excerpt portions of it here as a historial reference that helps [...]
Authentic Voice by Glenda Taylor I am a person acquainted with sorrow. Remember that, as I manifest joy. Undivided, the dark and the light, The day and the night, course through me, And you. And the true, the real, The one actual thing, sings, “I am all that, yes [...]
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and [...]