2012 The Awakening

July 22, 2012 By Joseph P. FarrellBoth alchemy and transhumanism aim for the transformation of mankind. There, perhaps, all resemblance ends (though, as my co-author Scott D. de Hart and I point out in the forthcoming Transhumanism book, there is more of alchemy in it than one might at first suspect). The resemblance ends because in its most basic sense, esoteric alchemy (the alchemy that aims at the inward transformation of mankind), is precisely esoteric, it is largely a spiritual discipline, perhaps one might even say an ascetic discipline (though in many ways that stretches the term), whereas transhumanism is concerned with the transformation of man by literally tinkering with humanity as if it were Legos and Tinker Toys.

Back when I wrote Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men, the idea occurred to me that, under the requirements of American patent law, a genetically modified human being –…

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2012 The Awakening

The Medicine WheelHelps Us To Use Spiritual AlchemyIn Our Personal Development Work And Ceremonies.It Helps Us To Understand Shamanism And Acts Like An Alchemical Spiritual Recipe Book.

Alchemy is a spiritual practice that hid behind the idea of changing base metal (lead) into gold in an era where the churches monopoly on things spiritual made it impossible and very dangerous to do such things in an open way. Medieval alchemists experimented with a variety of substances in a way that we would describe as scientific in the modern sense. Because of their outward practices they are seen as the forerunners of modern chemistry and we see this in the nature of the words themselves.

The spiritual alchemy they were practicing was re-creating their lives by changing the lead of personality focus into the gold of Soul Life. Thus alchemy is the study of and transformation of the…

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The Healthcare Marketer

After yesterday’s rant about the ROI and benefits of the socially engaged physician, I thought I would post links to a few blog posts and articles on the subject. They all speak to the physician’s perspective on the benefits of engaging patients via social media platforms. Enjoy!

If you know of…

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CYBER ARMS - Computer Security

As usual, I was unable to attend Blackhat/ Defcon yet again. But we did have an “official reporter” for CyberArms there this year. The only problem is a little Tornado decided to crash into our home city and screwed things up. We were without power and internet for 4 days!

Well, heck with the Tornado, here are at least some cool pics of the Defcon Badge Package:

Thanks HLW!

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God plays dice

Nate Silver asks which Olympic records get shattered.

mages forecasts the winning time in the men’s 100m in the Olympics (9.68 sec).

Dan Graetinnger predicts the Olympic medal counts.

Andrew Hacker’s opinion piece Is Algebra Necessary? has been making the rounds. No comment.

Why isn’t iTunes shuffle random?, from AskDifferent (the StackExchange site for Apple products).

A four-time lottery winner is a Stanford statistics PhD.

A couple series of posts from John Baez: Symmetry and the four dimension one, two, three, four. The Mathematics of Biodiversity eight-part series.

Boolean buddhas.

I’m looking for a job, in the SF Bay Area. See my linkedin profile.

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2012 The Awakening

January 21, 2011

“Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when He comes shall find watching.”
~ Luke 12:37

Nepsis, or nipsis, is a Greek word which means to be watchful, alert, and vigilant, and to keep on your guard for illusions and fear, with a clear, sober mind. Parallels could likely be made between Nepsis and the concepts of mindfulness in Buddhism, dhikr in Islam, and devekut in Judism. In spiritual literature, Nepsis is the natural state of an awaken soul:  one that is both connected with the Divine and is self-aware of this connection.

Nepsis is an interesting and important sacred concept, because it is a major requirement for those that practice the teachings of any spiritual path. Nepsis is also an early Christian precept as it was considered as a requirement or virtue that was avidly expected for the seeker to develop during their lifetime.  The Essenians…

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2012 The Awakening

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
~H.H. the Dalai Lama

The word Theurgy has its origins in the Greek words “Theoi”, “God”, and “Ergein”, “work”, which leads the meaning towards the concept of God’s work or Work from God. Initially, it was a concept used in opposition to Theology, which emphasized solely the energy of God as a pure philosophical contemplation as suggested by Plotinus. Theurgy does not focus on the religious context, nor in the historical and social background of the Idea of God.  Instead, it apprehends the true nature of the Divine that comes from the diverse schools of wisdom and knowledge and from the various mystic traditions of all eras.

In Greece, this initiatory practice existed during all its historic times, from Apollonius of Tyana through…

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