Author Archives: Michael Maciel

Consciousness—a direct experience

by Michael Maciel One of the problems that I see with most discussions about consciousness is that they tend to analyze it in terms of content, not consciousness as such. Hofstadter, if I’m understanding him correctly, seems to want to … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Consciousness

by Michael Maciel One of the reasons why we sometimes find it hard to connect with the consciousness of others is that we tend to think of it more in terms of content than as a thing in and of … Continue reading

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Bringing Light Into the World

by Michael Maciel Bringing light into the world is a lot like house cleaning. It’s not enough to simply open the windows and air the place out. We have to actually clean up the mess, scrub the floors, and dust … Continue reading

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The Universe as Egg

by Michael Maciel It must have been amazing for our earliest ancestors to witness a live chick emerge from what was before merely an amorphous goo. It was a high mystery.   Apart from the physical attributes of an egg, … Continue reading

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More About Easter

by Michael Maciel “I teach suffering, its origin, cessation, and path. That’s all I teach.” – Buddha Sometimes, the best way to understand your religion is by understanding someone else’s. Because if it’s universal truths we’re talking about, then those … Continue reading

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Control vs. Going With the Flow

by Michael Maciel You either control your own destiny or you let others control it for you. Does the word “control” bother you? Sounds like hubris, doesn’t it, as if we have any say over what the universe does or … Continue reading

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What Is Truth?

by Michael Maciel If we blanketly assume that our favorite beliefs are true, then we’re no better than the average fundamentalist. And being convinced that we have the corner on the market in the reality department renders us completely incapable … Continue reading

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Lenten Meditations—Week 1

    Thursday: FOR THE EARTH IS NOW IN THE ASHES OF RUIN, THE SINS COMMITTED SINCE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS ON EARTH IN A HUMAN BODY. THE RENAISSANCE OF WAR AND PESTILENCE AND UNBELIEF. O FATHER, WE LOOK … Continue reading

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Daily Meditations for a Mystical Lent

Lent is the time of the Solar Year that leads up to the Spring Equinox, when the spiritual body of the Earth begins to slough off the accumulated negativity of the previous year in preparation for the influx of the … Continue reading

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Blessed Are the Self-Restrained

by Michael Maciel The trick to living in society is to be predictable. It helps when people can look at you and be able to tell instantly if they can trust you, at least to a minimal degree. By conforming, … Continue reading

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