Tag: Belief

Gilgamesh

The Epics of Gilgamesh

Origin Stories from Sumer

About 30 years ago, back around 1986, I spent a lot of time in libraries reading through anthropology, history and mythology books looking for the origin of origin stories. I was writing my own role playing universe (and system) and developing the back story. I was looking for something different and wanted to create something I could call my own without being accused of adopting any of the stories from the time. I traced lines back to Sumer, thousands of years before our Western origin stories and to when it was thought the first records began.

The Mystery of the Soul

Everybody has a soul. The soul is immortal. Some believe it to come into existence only when the body first takes a breath of life. The soul can unite with the divine. Everything has a soul. Only humans have a soul. There are many – sometimes conf…

Transpersonal Psychology

The Spirit, Reincarnation & Multiverses

Some background reading before my thoughts …

From Excession; Iain M Banks

The usual way to explain it was by analogy; this was how the idea was introduced to you as a child. Imagine you were travelling through space and you came to this planet which was very big and almost perfectly smooth and on which there lived creatures who were composed of one layer of atoms; in effect, two-dimensional. These creatures would be born, live and die like us and they might well possess genuine intelligence. They would, initially, have no idea or grasp of the third dimension, but they would be able to live perfectly well in their two dimensions. To them, a line would be like a wall across their world (or, from the end, it would look like a point). An unbroken circle would be like a locked room.

Fanatics, Terrorists or Righteous?

Is a child raised on the “good book” simply given a good moral education, or are they brainwashed by their parents’ adherence to their skewed version of the ideology? And in so doing, do the parents unwittingly sow the seeds to grow a warrior for the cause instead of a rounded human being? The young human mind is delicate and can be forever fused by dogma. Choose wisely how you raise your children for each is the hologram of our collective future.

On Fox Spirits

Fox spirits occupy the same mythological niche as the faerie in Western mythology. They are beautiful beyond endurance, elusive, powerful, mischievous and vindictive. In Chinese mythology, the human form is the pinnacle of creation. All animals, a…

Creation Story Painting

Boundary Condition: Of God & Man

No historian or fan of rock music would deny that Jimi Hendrix was one of the genre’s greatest guitarists. If he said, for instance, that a particular riff, chord structure or sub-dominant pattern was good or necessary in a composition, most musicians in their right minds would think twice about disputing it.