Enlightenment glimpse by glimpse : a Quote and a Poem

Zen enlightenment, which carries with it a deep and lasting comprehension of one’s place in the totality of the universe, is not easily gained — contrary to the impression of “immediacy” that many people have taken away from their cursory reading of Zen literature. Continue reading

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Notes on Saving Icarus: Lin Yutang’s Pseudo-Scientific Formula for Wisdom

Self-Realization vs Self-Help

Our century is filled with formulas for living, statistical  empirical studies, tests and proofs of what brings happiness, what constitutes the good life that, you may notice, provided you don’t get caught in the hype, only corroborate age old wisdom for happy happening, found in every cultures and especially religious traditions/institutions, like marriage, going to church/synagogue and other rituals, respect of the elders etc…   The promise of Seligman’s learned optimism against learned helplessness, started with humanistic psychology, has degenerated into the overly statistical science of happiness, known as positive psychology. Continue reading

Tootsie (1982): Notes on Authenticity

Public Lives, Public Masks

Our journey to become and be each day the best we can be may be likened to a journey to be more authentic. “authenticity” is so much on everybody’s lips nowadays that it has even become a cliché.  As social beings, we fall short more often than not of this great value, this ideal. Is total authenticity possible, desirable even? Is authenticity a myth? Continue reading

Icarus versus Goldilocks

Simplicity versus dumbing down

Goldilocks_IcarusEveryone in the Western world knows the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, with the 3 memorable porridge bowls: not too hot, not too cold but at the just right temperature. These last few years, in the world of self-development and business/marketing, you may have encountered her tale as a metaphor for making the just right choice, finding the just right solution, client, career, level of productivity, preferences, even life-purpose and whatnot. Continue reading

The Fool Archetype

Resonance and Metaphoric cards

220px-RWS_Tarot_00_FoolThe fool is probably the archetype I most resonate with at present. It inspired me to write this blog, so it is only fair to give it a place of choice in it. However, not being versed in Tarot interpretation and not having any taste for divination, I do not use it as a tool in my practice; divination being antithetic to a happy heuristics stance. The constant probing of the future, prevents us from living our life here and now and makes us dependent on an outside source (usually the fortune teller or even the cards themselves),  rather than being present and responsible for seeking and finding our own answers within. I am therefore more interested in the evocative symbolism of the cards than it’s use for predicting or guessing the future. The roots of Tarot in kabbala, Neo-Platonism, Gnosticism, and other esoteric influences, nonetheless, contribute to its richness and are useful for teaching complex mystical concepts when needed. It’s all heuristics!
The Fool : the zero and the full-stop Continue reading