The following is an excerpt from a personal essay published in Medium:
I. In Search of the Cosmos: A Plea for Astrology and Alchemy
You might find it an odd, not to say also an especially infelicitous, way to begin these reflections on the nature of happiness by offering up a special plea for astrology and alchemy. But hear me out.
I know precious little about either but enough about both to be able to say that what astrology gets right is that it seeks to connect this frail, finite creature with the warp and woof of reality. Somehow my life shares in the broader life; somehow my destiny cannot be divorced from the unfolding of this greater nature. I have no choice in the matter — be I willing or averse — no choice but to participate in ‘all of this.’
In this key respect, it doesn’t matter, at least for the moment, whether astrology gets the account of this relationship right. For what, undeniably, it points to is that there is deep within us all a deep longing for such a relationship, such a commingling and communion, for a way of losing ourselves and thereby finding ourselves.
Medieval alchemy, likewise, bore the stamp of this special, pregnant intuition in the famous cosmological utterance: “As above, so below.” In perhaps mysterious ways, the macrocosm must have an affinity with this the microcosm. It and I are singing the same tune.
Now what remains, in each of us, is this aching longing but not the home ground that other cultures had taken to be obvious, needful, profound, and mysterious.
The following videos lay out, over the course of four days, an extended inquiry into the nature of consciousness.
They’re meant for serious beginners, those just getting accustomed to investigating the nature of consciousness. For this reason, we only go “so far” together.
Since the recordings usually begin with a bit of background and then go into short silent meditation, you’ll need to fast forward a bit until you get to my dialogical (i.e., a genre of guided) meditations. Each of these is about 20 minutes long.
In the spirit of satsang, I answer questions afterward.