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Everyone wants it to be like a Train Station.    They want to come in in a mob, punch a ticket, and then go on through.    To every problem, they want a train ticket solution.   The Afterlife.    The train to the afterlife.    To catch it, do you simply have to show up to your temple once a week? Does your hypocrisy outside the temple not matter?    Do you believe that if you show up, hold out your ticket, you get to go onboard?    Can you catch the train instead of living by true values?    Success.    The train to success.    Do you just show up in the crowd with all the others,

Does the Boomerang Effect happen to you too?    Do you come across great passages, one-liners or life lessons that resonate with you deeply… only to then be lost or forgotten? But does the mystic universe then ‘boomerang’ these lessons back to you time and time again….   As if you are meant to revisit them at another time?    The passage I want to share with you today was ‘boomeranged’ back to me recently. Though I will ask you to consider it without its religious context, it has come to be dedicated to the brave and revolutionary Oscar Romero, who was shot and killed in

On 11th June 1963, a Buddhist Monk by the name of Thich Quang Duc did some awe-defying in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Government.    Outside the Cambodian Embassy, he took out a cushion and placed it on the ground.  He sat on it and prayed.    Several of his colleagues covered him in gasoline, and then when he was done praying, he lit himself ablaze.    The crowd screamed in shock and horror, looking on helplessly. Pandemonium erupted from all but one person.    Duc himself.   He did not shriek, nor gasp, nor offer as much as a shudder. He hardly moved a muscle

What you don’t know is that you were born inside a glass prison.    The way you look at the world appears clear to you, it appears that you see what is, but you do not. You cannot.    Your vision appears clear, but you are looking through glass.    If the glass is tinted red, you think the whole world is red, and if the glass is tinted green, you will see the world as green.    You think that the green you see is the same as the green that others around you see, that you are having the same experience. But what if you are

I’ve talked about this idea before, but let’s be clear.    A lot of those things you call goals, a lot of your desires are simply heavy, leaky jars. ‘Leaky’ because as Liam Hounsell puts it, you keep trying to fill them but they don’t stay full.    ‘Heavy’ because they take huge energy to carry, to lug around. As such, they burden your existence.    Take the young man who desperately wants to be a famous business CEO.  By holding up such a goal, the boy immediately becomes less than his ideal self. From the outset, he is doomed. All due to his perspective, he must

The Mirror of Erised is a magical mirror from the Harry Potter series of books and films. You can familiarise yourself here.    It does not simply show one their reflection.    Harry’s friend, Ronald Weasley, looks into the Mirror and sees himself achieving sporting and leadership glory at their school, clearly jealous of his older, high-achieving brothers.    Harry on the other hand sees his parents, who died protecting him when he was young, standing beside him. The two can’t make sense of their differing visions.    It takes the intervention of the wise school Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, to fill Harry in on the mirror’s magic; the

You are used to looking at some people as disabled and others, maybe you, as ‘abled’.    You are used to looking at these people as black, and these people as white.    You are used to thinking that you are not good at sports, but are good at reading books.    You are used to thinking that he is a failure, and that she is a success.    You are used to thinking of people from Africa as poor, and people from Western countries as rich.    You are used to thinking of the world in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, and that you are either good at things,

How does one run an Apocalypse Test?    One simply imagines that tomorrow the apocalypse begins - this is an event of catastrophic destruction which interrupts most or all social systems.    We run the hypothetical Apocalypse Test to ask ourselves what still matters when everything we’ve taken for granted is threatened and interrupted.    Things that do not pass the Apocalypse Test.    Social media followers no longer matter, because our digital systems have fallen.    The stock market no longer exists. Your ownership of your assets is now contestable - you will struggle to defend your claim to a single deed of land, as the deeds you signed

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