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newhope3Welcome to Integral.  You can find information here on my books.  I also write on a variety of topics here, including dreams, family history, philosophy of technology, war, waste disposal, Zen, and more.  Scroll down to read my latest posts.  Or use the categories list on the right to quickly jump to particular topics that might interest you.

For an explanation of this site’s subtitle (Finding a place with a center and a past), see the first post.

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Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely
Jonson

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Listen Now: Dream Patterns on Inspired Conversations

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I had a great interview with Amy Schuber on Inspired Conversations.  We talked about my book Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of our Waking Lives.

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Poetic Review of Dream Patterns

donPoet Don Riggs posted a sonnet review of Dream Patterns.  Thanks Don!  You can find Don’s poems here and here.  His book Uncommon Places includes dream-related poems.

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Santa Claus’s Most Ancient Gift

I’m reposting this for the holidays. Merry Christmas.

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Harvard mythologist Michael Witzel argues in Origins of the World’s Mythologiesthat there are two great myth families: the Laurasian myths of the peoples of Eurasia, much of Africa, and the Americas and the Gondwanan myths of the peoples of parts of southern Africa, Australia and  southeast Asia and Oceania. He proposes a reconstruction of these two closely-related myths and an older general human myth from which the two diverged. That’s extraordinary!

P1000351A common myth of the Laurasian peoples is that a deity had at some point to either create light or rescue the sun from captivity to make the world habitable for people. In the Vedic version, someone hides Ushas (or Dawn) in a cave at the edge of the world. Indra, aided by poets chanting and singing, unlocks her cave. Ushas, comes out of the cave and is followed by the cattle that will sustain human life. Various Laurasian peoples have…

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What Dreams are Made of

1844097358The Eden Magazine has published another article of mine in their December issue.  In fact, I’m listed right on the cover!  See page 54.

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Dream Patterns at Local Author Fair

local_author_fair_bensalem_2017_picture2I spent Saturday afternoon at the Local Author Fair at the Bensalem branch of the Bucks County Free Library.  There are still two more fair events to go this month, so check them out if you’re in the area.  Thank you Bucks County Libraries.

Thanks to my neighbor Lesia for taking the picture of me.  Check out her book Raw and Unspoken: A Memoir of Private Pain and Sorrow, in which “she discusses the heart-wrenching loss of a child.  It is a tribute to her beloved son, a veteran who died in a sudden and tragic accident at only twenty-five.”

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Trump Attacks 5th and 6th Amendments

In response to the most recent ISIS-inspired attack in New York City, President Trump has called for eliminating the 5th- and 6th-Amendment rights of Americans, at least if they’re accused of terrorism.  As CBS reports it:

“We have to come up with punishment that is far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now,” Mr. Trump said during the meeting, also calling the current justice system in place for suspects in acts of terror a “joke” and a “laughing stock.”

Asked by CBS News’ Major Garrett, who was the pool reporter, whether he should be sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the president replied yes, “I would certainly consider that, yes. Send him to Gitmo. I would certainly consider that.”

As legally dubious as Guantanamo is, at least it has been the fate only of people captured overseas.  Now Trump is considering using it for people arrested in the United States.  Doing so would deny us of our right to “due process of law” (5th amendment), to a speedy and public jury trial in the “State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed” (6th amendment), to confront witnesses (6th amendment), and to have the aid of a lawyer (6th amendment).  If that sounds just fine to you since it would be only for terrorists, remember that, if we somehow went along with Trump’s plan, then you’d have only to be accused of terrorism to lose your rights.  Remember that Congress told us the PATRIOT Act powers would be used only for terrorism investigations; they were immediately put into use for drug and other crimes.

Also, Trump is just making things up – as usual.  Are there Americans out there who’ve been convicted or terrorism and are being given light sentences?  What is he talking about?

And once again, Trump shows his authoritarian obsession with being laughed at.  See my previous post on that.  He, like fascists, pushes a story of a nation humiliated and that he alone can free us from that humiliation and show the world who’s the greatest.

Trump’s authoritarianism was obvious from early in his primary campaign.  He has offered us no surprises.  He is exactly who he said he was during his campaign.

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Santa Claus’s Most Ancient Gift

Harvard mythologist Michael Witzel argues in Origins of the World’s Mythologies that there are two great myth families: the Laurasian myths of the peoples of Eurasia, much of Africa, and the Americas and the Gondwanan myths of the peoples of parts of southern Africa, Australia and  southeast Asia and Oceania. He proposes a reconstruction of these two closely-related myths and an older general human myth from which the two diverged. That’s extraordinary!

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A common myth of the Laurasian peoples is that a deity had at some point to either create light or rescue the sun from captivity to make the world habitable for people. In the Vedic version, someone hides Ushas (or Dawn) in a cave at the edge of the world. Indra, aided by poets chanting and singing, unlocks her cave. Ushas, comes out of the cave and is followed by the cattle that will sustain human life. Various Laurasian peoples have expressed these same elements in ritual and mythical form, particularly in connection with the winter solstice.

I don’t argue for genetic relationships here, but it seems that this myth keeps echoing. Jesus was born at the winter solstice (at least in the mythical version) in a manger with farm animals, which at least some biblical translators argue was more of a cave. Three wise men greeted him with gifts. Presumably, Jesus, his family, and the animals left the cave. And, of course, Jesus brought new light to the world.

In the West, at the winter solstice, we entice Santa Claus out of a fireplace (a cave for light) with milk and cookies (rather than poems and songs). He brings us gifts – not cattle, but gifts nonetheless. The offering of cookies strikes me as more like people leaving out milk for fairies or offering coins to the spirits of wells and springs in exchange for granting a wish. So, again, I’m not suggesting a direct genetic link to the old Laurasian myth, but Santa and Jesus sure do sound like echoes of it.

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Dream Patterns on Get Over It! Podcast

1844097358Monique Chapman interviewed me for her podcast Get Over It!.  You can hear it starting at 5 pm on the 25th.  Please check it out.

We discussed my new book Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking Lives.  We even discussed recent news and politics.

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Dream Patterns in The Eden Magazine

1844097358The Eden Magazine published my article “Dream Patterns,” based on my book Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking Lives. Check out the October issue and check out my book.

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Dream Patterns on Tell Me Your Story

Richard Dugan and I had fun discussing Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking Lives and lots of other topics on his show.  If you can’t wait to listen to the radio broadcast, then either go to the site for Tell Me Your Story or listen below.  You can order Dream Patterns online  (Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes and Noble) or get it at your local bookstore.  Check out Richard’s other shows.

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