In the so-called “Dark Ages” Western Europe was home to the Anglo-Saxons and Norse. These cultures had great respect for the interconnected web of life that they referred to as “wyrd”. Over the last decades the Western world has imported Eastern concepts such as ch’i which have helped us to rediscover the sacred/hidden dimensions of reality. However, few people know that we had our own native concepts, language and practices for the subtle world. Brian Bates, in his book The Way of Wyrd, brought it to our attention, creating a novel based on an ancient manuscript in the British Library that tells the story of a missionary scribe being sent to discover the ways of the “pagans”. This Merry Musing will explore the world of wyrd and how it relates to eastern traditions as well as recent scientific discoveries.
Nish Dubashia and I have been having a series of great dialogues inspired by the dialogues of David Bohm and J Krishnamurti. Nish met Bohm who appreciated his model that integrates the world’s religious and mystical traditions. We recorded the dialogues and have decided to share them with the world via this YouTube channel. And we’re not done yet! Enjoy!
I had a great dialogue with Brenda Dunne who co-lead the 28 years of research at Princeton into intention and consciousness. The conclusions she shares about the nature of reality are critical for our times.
We’ve just got ourselves a TomTom – one of those navigation things for the car that talks to you as well as pointing out speeding cameras etc. (We actually don’t own a car, but use a car-pool set-up (www.greenwheels.nl) combined with public transport – you can pick up a car at all major train stations in the Netherlands.)
Anyway, this machine is a great metaphor! It tells you where it thinks you should go, and then if you happen to take another route (consciously or by mistake), it simply “recalibrates” and plans a new route. No moaning or having a go at you for not doing what it expected you to do. It simply re-assesses the current reality, looks at all the current options (thousands of them), and chooses the best route in the here and now.
If we could act with as little attachment to the past, with as much clarity about the present, and with as much commitment to finding the best option for the future, as this machine – I do feel the world would be a much better place!