2014: Facticity: Once You Have Named Something You Will Never Again Truly See It

Facts are our labels to explain nature. The occurrence in the image above has been called a “galaxy.” Facticity is a term coined by Phenomenologists (philosophers who influenced Existentialists like Sartre and Camus) to more directly address what is. The image above is not a galaxy; it is a snapshot of an immense grouping of what we call “stars” that we have conceptually identified as a “galaxy.”  No “galaxy” exists in Nature outside of our brains. Phenomenology deals with only what we know for sure. We know we exist. We know that there are perceptions, feelings and thoughts.  We do not know, but rather surmise, that there is a separate self because we observe (have perceptions of) the phenomena of other similar selves who presumably also have perceptions. But we only know our own perceptions as phenomena. And we have “learned” that we are separate selves, with names and “identities.” So Phenomenology […] Read More

The 12 New Rules For Prosperity

By Whitneay T. Vanwells Rule #1.  ‘Everybody is rich, but poor me’ … Or, ‘I am a money victim’ … You came into this life with past experiences from other times.  In those times you were rich, you were poor, and you sometimes starved to death.  Those past life experiences gave you a subconscious belief that you were poor, and that life must always be a struggle.  As an adult, you may continue to believe this, and also take great subconscious effort in re-creating and manifesting WRONG BELIEFS.  This is at the heart of the prosperity problem.  What you believe, you will see in your life.  It is Spiritual Law, – As Above, So Below.  Above meaning the higher level of your mind.  Below meaning, your physical life, and what you manifest in it.  Challenge your beliefs, that ‘everybody is rich, but me’.  And, start doing it now. Rule #2.  ‘What you put into your body, affects your life, and your – CASH FLOW’ … […] Read More

1646: The Adventures of an Unknown Philosopher

Jean Albert Belin Les avantures du philosophe inconnu, en la recherche et en l’invention de la pierre philosophale. Divisées en quatre livres… Paris, 1646. Transcribed by Sean Brooks from the translation in British Library MS. Sloane 3641. The first discourse of philosophy to the unknown philosopher which declares the nature of the stone, its effects, its excellencies with its possibility and essences. Borellus says this author was one Belinus, an abbot. My Son, Many seek the Stone and know not what it is. The definitions which I know they give of it doe furnish me with matter of laughter and compassion. To explain the effects of a thing is not to define it, one must declare the nature which produces those effects. That I may not leave you in this common error, I will let you know in what this essence does consist. The Philosophical Stone is a substance […] Read More

1901: An Iron Will

Orison Swett Marden CHAPTER I. TRAINING THE WILL. CHAPTER II. THE RULERS OF DESTINY. CHAPTER III. FORCE OF WILL IN CAMP AND FIELD. CHAPTER IV. WILL POWER IN ITS RELATION TO HEALTH AND DISEASE. CHAPTER V. THE ROMANCE OF ACHIEVEMENT UNDER DIFFICULTIES. CHAPTER VI. STAYING POWER. CHAPTER VII. THE DEGREE OF “O.O.” Produced by Bryan Ness and Distributed Proofreaders [Illustration: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, American Philosopher, Statesman, Diplomatist, and Author. b. Boston, 1706; d. Philadelphia, 1790.] AN IRON WILL By ORISON SWETT MARDEN AUTHOR OF “PUSHING TO THE FRONT,” ETC. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ABNER BAYLEY ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS New York: THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY PUBLISHERS 1901 BY THOMAS Y. CROWELL & COMPANY. AN IRON WILL. CHAPTER I. TRAINING THE WILL. “The education of the will is the object of our existence,” says Emerson. Nor is this putting it too strongly, if we take into account the human will in its […] Read More

1890: Kosmic Mind

Whatsoever quits the Laya (homogeneous) state, becomes active conscious life. Individual consciousness emanates from, and returns into Absolute consciousness, which is eternal MOTION. (Esoteric Axioms.) Whatever that be which thinks, which understands, which wills, which acts, it is something celestial and divine, and upon that account must necessarily be eternal. – CICERO Edison’s conception of matter was quoted in our March editorial article. The great American electrician is reported by Mr. G. Parsons Lathrop in Harper’s Magazine as giving out his personal belief about the atoms being “possessed by a certain amount of intelligence,” and shown indulging in other reveries of this kind. For this flight of fancy the February Review of Reviews takes the inventor of the phonograph to task and critically remarks that “Edison is much given to dreaming,” his “scientific imagination” being constantly at work. Would to goodness the men of science exercised their “scientific imagination” […] Read More