1685-1753: George Berkeley

George Berkeley was one of the three most famous eighteenth-century British Empiricists (see LOCKE, JOHN, and HUME, DAVID). He is best known for his motto, esse is percipi, to be is to be perceived. He was an idealist: everything that exists is either a mind or depends for its existence upon a mind. He was an immaterialist: matter does not exist. He accepted the seemingly outrageous position that ordinary physical objects are composed solely of ideas, which are inherently mental. He wrote on vision, mathematics, Newtonian mechanics, economics, and medicine as well as philosophy. In his own time, his most often-read works concerned the medicinal value of tar-water. And in a curious sense, he was the first great American philosopher. 1. Life and Works George Berkeley was born in or near Kilkenny, Ireland on 12 March 1685. He was raised in Dysart Castle. Although his father was English, Berkeley […] Read More

1939: Across the Unknown

by Stewart Edward White and Harwood White “It is essential to linger frequently on the frontier of one’s limitations, looking out eagerly across the unknown.” —————————- AUTHOR’S NOTE THE PRESENT VOLUME, like its predecessor The Betty Book, is a matter of collaboration in which so many people have been involved that it is difficult to name an author for its title page. There were of course, those who gave us the material on which it is based–the Invisibles; anonymous and probably numerous. There was Betty who transmitted it. There was I, who took it down and typed it and filed it in loose-leaf books. And finally there was my brother, Harwood, to join us in selecting and arranging and digesting and presenting in a form acceptable and valuable to others outside our small group. No trifling job, this last, for by the time we got at it, we had over […] Read More

2013: Mysticism

Mysticism is a discipline involved with knowledge and techniques which are of value in assisting the individual toward spiritual growth. It is a very pragmatic discipline, concerned with direct experience, or awareness of spiritual truth, of ultimate reality, etc., which can be attained through immediate intuition, insight, or illumination. Mystical methodology is not based on external experimentation, but internal observation. According to Lama Anagarika Govinda, “The mystic anatomy and physiology … is not founded on the ‘object-isolating’ investigations of science, but on subjective — though not less unprejudiced — observations of inner processes, i.e., not on the dissection of dead bodies or on the external observation of the functions of human and animal organisms, but on the self-observation and on the direct experience of processes and sensations within one’s body.”(5) Mysticism regards intellectual knowledge as an aid to the direct experience of ultimate “truths”, but not as an end […] Read More

2018: Scientists Have Discovered The Brain Region Involved in Spiritual Experiences

By Peter Dockrill Whether we think of ourselves as religious or not, lots of people experience moments in life that can be considered spiritual – where we feel a greater sense of meaningfulness, serenity, or connection with the world around us. Now, scientists think they’ve pinpointed where those transcendental moments are processed in the human brain, identifying a region in the parietal cortex that appears to be involved in experiences that go beyond our ordinary state of being. “Spiritual experiences are robust states that may have profound impacts on people’s lives,” says one of the researchers, neuroscientist Marc Potenza from Yale University. “Understanding the neural bases of spiritual experiences may help us better understand their roles in resilience and recovery from mental health and addictive disorders.” To ascertain where these moments of spiritual insight take place inside people’s heads, Potenza’s team interviewed 27 healthy young people, inviting them to […] Read More

The Path

“To all of both sides I say this. Have patience. Just realize where you come from. This is the essence of wisdom.” We are what we are…human… and, although we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves. Self-change is what this site is all about. This page is rather long. One of the reasons I made it so long is this… If you do not possess the ability to sit and read it all the way thru, then how can you slow down and effect change within? When will you find the time to listen to the voice within? How will you develop patience? I do not have degrees or pieces of paper to display that state I took this course or that I passed that class. I learned so much from others, not just people but places and animals. I learned thru trial and error. I learned […] Read More

More Basic Truths

First, there is no absolute “right” way. That is why there is so much division. Every one wants to be right. After all, if you are right, then you are assured of what? …. salvation? But ask yourself… who will save you from yourself and save others from you and your ideas of right? Each of us has our own light and voice to follow. The knowing within comes from listening to that voice… that Clear Light voice…not the voice of dogma. If your path and beliefs cause you to harm others or yourself then it’s time to re-think the pathway and look closely at the beliefs you hold. There are those that have wisdom who can help guide but ultimately, the choice is up to you. You have to make the decisions on what to believe and how to act. You alone are responsible for your thoughts, your words, and your actions. We […] Read More

Straight Girl Talk

Conversations with Brooke Medicine Eagle The Role of Women Today When we are born in female bodies — when we choose a female body for our earth body — we literally choose to come into the Earth plane with the charge of the nurturing and renewing all of life. We choose to nurture and renew all life, not just through the birthing of children, but through teaching everyone that ability to nurture and renew life, so that we don’t wind up being the ones taking care of everything. It is that sense of standing as warrior women for life, for aliveness, standing for really taking the energy away from those things that are destructive to life and aliveness and the circle of all our relations. That, to me, feels like the really important charge for women in this time. When the woman I called Rainbow Woman, who has now […] Read More