Fearfully & wonderfully made

"Bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made." - paraphrase of the Hebrew shepherd-king, David A body is made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of even smaller bodies, and so on down the line.... A body is part of a larger body, which …

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We the Disembodied

The general secular consensus is that the animal species Homo sapiens sapiens emerged in Africa and spent tens of thousands of years living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. As far as we currently know, before roughly 12,000 years ago, humans did not have writing, arithmetic, agriculture, domestic animals, and organized collectives larger than the tribe. Then, in …

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Selfless to selfful

Journal entry from April 2, 2018: I just realized I've been lacking a self. Ever since my Bible translator self, my missionary self, my Christian self, my linguist self, and my cosmologist self all died, I've been without a self! The Knowing I that I AM needs a self to see itself. Without the mirror …

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Christ and Narcissus

July 13, 2018 (Tallahassee): Yesterday I watched YouTube videos about emotional abuse and realized how abused I've been and how abusive I've been. Truly, messed up people mess up people. The topic of narcissism especially hit home: a narcissistic person is someone who mortally craves - and develops sophisticated means of acquiring - the approval, …

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Bill of Rights

In Aziz Gazipura's book Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty...and Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, and Unapologetically Being Yourself, one of the exercises he recommends is writing one's own personal bill of rights. It's an empowering thing to do, especially for someone (like me) who was conditioned and trained …

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