There Are No Educators

As a thinker, one should only think of self-education.  The education of youth by others is either an experiment, conducted on one yet unknown and unknowable, or a leveling on principle, to make the new character, whatever it may be, conform to the habits and cutoms that prevail: in both cases, therefore, something unworthy of the thinker – the work of parents and teachers, whom an audaciously honest person has called nos ennemis naturels.

One day, when in the opinion of the world one has long been educated, one discovers onself: that is where the task of the thinker begins; now the time has come to invoke his aid – not as an educator but as one who has educated himself and thus has experience.

Friedrich Nietzsche
from The Wanderer And His Shadow

Is Philosophy Dead?

Et bien, tuer toutes les Philosophes!

(Well then, kill all the Philosophers!)

There was once a golden age of thought when men & women would ask those deeper & more meaningful questions.  Those most important questions that seem vital to our very existence.  Various discussions would follow & Individuals would share their ideas & their experiences – hoping to find Truth.

Truth.

That is what it is all about in the end.

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Of Wonder…

Wonderment is possibly the single most joyous expression of humanity’s attempt at understanding the unknown.

Now that I’ve gotten a little depth out of my mind, let me meditate on this subject for a while. Hopefully I will not stray too far from the topic (as you are probably aware, my mind likes to wa(o)nder).

I Believe many of us remember our childhoods fondly (at least those of us who have what might be considered a “normal” childhood). I know that I do. The Innocence and Wonderment of Childhood is often something many adults wish to recapture. Also the simplicity of a Child’s life, i.e. the minimal responsibility & lack of major stresses which often are characteristics of our earliest years on this plane of existence. Many religions and spiritual paths hold childhood as something sacred & children (in particular) as sacred & important to our spiritual well-being. My own spiritual path follows this line of Belief. The Druids hold Children in awe. They view Children as having a greater ability to connect to the Spiritual (even having the ability to perceive through their senses the Spirit World – much easier then Adults). They are also Individuals we should take time & learn from. To view the world through a Child’s eyes is to essentially reconnect with the sense of Wonderment which helps Individuals connect more strongly with the Spiritual.

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Thanksgiving…

Now up here we celebrate Thanksgiving a month before our American Cousins – mostly because by the time November comes, so has the snow. As such, Thanksgiving for us Canuks is on Monday & it is a great time to get together with friends, family & acquaintances in order to celebrate the gratitude we all feel for what we have achieved.

What am I grateful for? My family – including my lovely wife & growing son. My health (tho, I am fighting an autumn cold at the moment). All the things I have learned thus far in this lifetime. My friends (who inspire me & keep me on the right path to my goals). And last – but not least – the opportunities I have been given to better myself & progress along my Individual Existential Path.

Thank you everyone for helping me along my way. I hope in some small way, I too have helped you along your own Individual Existential Path.

What are you grateful for? What would you like to give thanks for? Let me know using the comment section below. Or simply tell me about something you’ve learned in the past year that has allowed you to progress.

Until next time,
Blessed Be…

After the rain…

The day out on the island was hot & muggy. Time was spent meeting new scouters & sharing our experiences & woodland skills. Meals were shared as were many stories. A good time was had by all & I think we all walked away with new knowledge.

But as the sun began to lower itself in the sky. My companions all left – one boatload at a time. Until I was left alone with my thoughts & my own woodland lore. My first task was to recce a spot to sleep for the night. Upon studying the map of the island that hangs in the cabin, I picked an area on the north shore – near what is referred to as “Skinny Dip Beach” (because Scouts of old would skinny dip at this spot). And so, I set forth along the trail – watching for poison ivy which riddles some spots on the island – seeking out a spot to bed down for the night. Once selecting a spot with a view of the lake, I returned to the cabin & hiked my gear in. Then I setup my camp, enjoying the solitude & the faith I have in my own skill.

The night was still hot – for as I sat next to my small fire I felt as if I was sitting in a sauna. As I ate my supper, I contemplated the beauty & serenity that surrounded me. The sun was setting, as too was the crescent moon. The silver sickle following in the path of the golden disc… a potent image.

The night was quiet. The lake was calm. Peace, paradise & serenity filled me. A perfect moment.

The next morning the weather turned. The winds blew strong from the south & with it came cooler & wetter air. The rain fell, soaking my tent. It wasn’t much fun striking camp – but something you get used to if you’ve ever spent a lot of time outdoors. I made it back to the cabin & began to plan my solo canoe trip back to the mainland. Listening to the weather on the emergency weather radio in the cabin, I watched through the window as the rain slowed & then stopped. A glimmer of sun poked through the clouds for a moment – an omen foretelling me of my only opportunity to cross the lake without rain.

As quick as I could, I loaded up the canoe & paddled for shore. The wind was with me as I left the dock next to the cabin. However, as I rounded the north point of the island – passing my campsite from the night before – I turned into the wind. I made short sprints from island to island – using the granite shores that rise up out of the water as a windbreak. At last, I reached the landing, unloaded my gear – put the canoe in its berth – & returned home.

The adventure, the moment, now in the past.

Tell me about your own adventures – either in the wild or any other journeys of solitude you might have undertaken.  What did you learn about the world & about yourself?  Please leave me a comment below.

Until next time…

Project Yourself…

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I was struck by the symetry, the beauty & the complexity of the ancient Hindu symbol known as the Sri Yantra. Now I have to admit that Hinduism is a subject I do not know much about – yet I have always been curious about this ancient religion & the mythos it espouses. And so, a few months ago I began to delve into the subject – concentrating on this amazing symbol. That is when I stumbled upon a website talking about the benefits of meditating on the Sri Yantra. I was immediately facinated & began to delve deeper into what the site had to say. There seems to be many ancient mysteries surrounding this powerful symbol. Mysteries that might allow the Individual the ability to unlock their true potential. I was hooked. I needed to find out more.

So now I am exploring further. And you can as well. Click on the link below to find out everything you need to know about the ancient mystical symbol & how it can help you realize your own potential.

Leave me a comment below & tell me your own experiences with this amazing symbol.

Tesla’s Take On Human Energy

 e2bb31e9506d96e53f147697b88c690eThere is much to be said about Nikola Tesla. That he was a man ahead of his time is obvious. In fact, one could argue that his ideas are even ahead of our own times. That there are many who believe that a great conspiracy surrounds his works – supposed stories of the US government confiscating many of his works & writings – is certainly the case. Many believe such stories – whether these stories are True or not. I am not about to make a judgement on this here.

However, what I am going to offer today is some inspired reading of one of Tesla’s works. Originally published in the Century Illustrated Magazine in June of 1900, this article delves into the topic of energy & human potential. It is a fascinating look at how Tesla’s mind worked & a great introduction to some of his ideas regarding energy, vibration & human potential. You can read the entire article at the following link: The Problem Of Increasing Human Energy

Wild stuff, eh? Well, share your thoughts & leave me a comment below. Tell me what you think of Tesla, his ideas & any crazy ideas about energy you might have. I look forward to hearing from you soon.