“IF YOU CAN ANSWER ‘YES’!”, Living-Room Video #45. This is a song about real connection in relationships. As I recently wrote: “I would never get into a relationship unless it was based on a mutual desire to create a masterpiece”. In this song you can see the brush-strokes behind such a masterpiece. I would even say that this song is a vivid example of verbal foreplay. (That should freak a few folks out! 😉). . Click above to watch the video. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »
This is my Thought for the Day. You will either love it (identify 1000% with it) or be embarrassedly triggered by it. Either way, may it be a revealing reflection…
In which we learn about Nathan’s curiosity, his imaginary friends, and Livinia’s teaching about the pre-eminence of moral fulfilment over human law (not to mention Nathan’s epiphany about who Livinia really is)
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It was the yearly meeting of the UK region of the twelve Reluctant Angels (RAGS) who administered localised groups around the country. As the members gradually trooped into the room — which was the renovated barn of a member’s house in the countryside near Ashburton in deepest Devon — Nathan could not help noticing that Livinia Soares was looking distinctly more male than female this evening. Not that she had developed facial stubble or anything of that nature. But there was a presence of authority and leadership which came through her face and general body language when she was leading meetings such as this. It was as if Livinia could morph between one or the other according to the occasion. Or was it that gender did not apply to Livinia? To his knowledge, no one had asked about this; but someday Nathan was going to do so. Read the rest of this entry »
PROLOGUE: A Free Mind Grows Fruitful Relationships
THE LEADING PREMISE BEHIND THIS LITTLE ARTICLE is that it is impossible to have a fruitful relationship — whether with a good friend, a lover, a ‘partner’ or a spouse — if one or both parties are overtly or secretly being controlled by something or someone else. Human relationships flourish in situations of shared loving freedom rather than a controlling coercion which excludes the other. There can certainly be some kind of low level relationship between those who are not free from external controls. But one can only have a full-bodied, fruitful relationship with the mind of another which is free, and if one is free oneself from any kind of external control or unhealthy internal constraint. This is common sense really; but it seems so little understood that it would be worth going into it a little. Read the rest of this entry »
🎞LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #44🎞: “Just Rise Above It All”. This is a video of a song I just wrote. It woke me up the night before last and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep until I’d written down the first verse. I finished it yesterday. I hope it gives comfort to some. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »
War, the wanton mascot of a catastrophic aeon;
disfigured, numb, decaying, steeped in slime.
Barely having climbed out from the swamp,
we dumbly think that if we don a suit and tie
we earn the right to peer down our noses at the
cockroaches and flies we claim in all our ersatz glory
to have overtaken long ago and left behind.
But we are worse by far than they will ever be, Read the rest of this entry »
INTRODUCTION: Is Forgiveness a Threat to Society?
Of all the subjects about which I have written in the last few decades, the one on which I am embarking here is surely one of the sweetest, and maybe even one of the most important. Yet, strangely, human reconciliation (aka forgiveness) is also potentially one of the most contentious. Because of that, there will be some who will be triggered by what I am going to write here, especially by the more challenging parts. But I urge you to stay with me until I have concluded this little treatise. The only way to remove a blockage is to bulldoze your way right through it. So please hold my hand and step through this with me now. Read the rest of this entry »