A squirrel chatters at me from the live oak’s branches behind me. A mourning dove coo’s from across Shoal creek, gurgling through a hand-built rock dam. A cardinal calls “pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty.” Other tweets and twitters, recognizable, but unnamed, join the chorus, as the rising sun’s beams glide down the rocky limestone ledge opposite me. My spot is noisier in the morning. All these beings have opinions for this essay. Normally, I come sit by this ribbon of water in the evening or afternoon, but I woke earlier than usual this morning. I knew I needed this place’s help to write about our relationship.
Final paper for “An Ethics of Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray” with Charlene Spretnak at California Institute of Integral Studies, Summer 2004 “The transition to a new age requires a change in our perception and conception of space-time, the inhabiting of places, and of the containers or envelopes of identity.” Luce Irigaray Asymmetrical Duality The universe … More Deep Transcendence: Luce Irigaray on Time
Final paper for “Synchronicity” with Professor Allan Combs at California Institute of Integral Studies, Summer 2004 Can one ever know the trickster? Perhaps we can know him better, but in order to do that we’ll have to hunt him down. Join me as I rifle through the universe in search of the trickster’s many homes and … More Pivot Point: In Search of the Trickster
Midterm paper for “Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health” with professor Arisika Razak Spring 2004 Perhaps it is not mere coincidence that the last century has been marked by both women’s growth into their own power, and a scientifically forced paradigmatic shift towards complexity and wholeness, but rather an illustration of the role perspective plays in … More Learning to Embrace Complexity: Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health
Final Paper for “Psyche and Cosmos” with Professors Rick Tarnas and Stan Grof at California Institute of Integral Studies, Summer 2003 Death Warmed over by an Old Flame This was not an easy assignment for me. I naturally want to take on the more abstract philosophical metaconversations concerning astrology, perinatal matrices and how they map onto other … More Death Warmed Over By an Old Flame: Archetypal Astrological Dream Analysis
Final paper for “Gilgamesh to Gnosis: An Archatypal History of Western Religion” with Professor David Ulansey at California Institute of Integral Studies, Spring 2003 It is difficult to explore our historical relationship to and between time and religion because you end up in a kind of chicken or the egg type question. Who is to say … More Lucid Dreaming: Time, Religion, and the Evolution of Conscisouness
Final paper for “Ecological Postmodernism” with Professors Charlene Spretnak and Brian Swimme at California Institute of Integral Studies Spring 2003 Caution: If you have seen Blair Witch Project your views of this paper may be skewed. BWP inductees have been known to panic when imagining themselves in the isolated wilderness images. Please note these views … More Backpacking for Cosmic Sanity
Midterm paper for “Ecological Postmodernism” with Professors Charlene Spretnak & Brian Swimme at California Institute of Integral Studies, Spring 2003 I often find myself tangled in ideas, thinking myself crazy, trying to make good decisions in an infinitely complex causally connected world of unpredictable determinism. And so has been my experience in struggling with this paper. I’ve … More Continuity: Lessons from the Velveteen Rabbit on Realness
Final paper for “Foundations of Integral Philosophy: Alfred North Whitehead” with Professor Eric Weiss at California Institute of Integral Studies, Fall 2002 Introduction By building science from subjective experience, rather than assuming the inaccurate “objective” perspective on which science is based, Whitehead reminds science where it came from in attempts to hedge in it’s ego a … More Mapping Mind or Matter? Whitehead, Physics, and Consciousness
Paper for “Integral Visions and Scholarship” with Professors Arisika Razak and Bahman Shirazi at California Institute of Integral Studies What people think when I tell them I go to school at California Institute of Integral Studies… “California (surfing, cool) Institute (oh, something technical, boooring) of Integral (Inte- whu?) Studies” I’ve never heard of it, so it’s probably … More An Uncommon Education: What is Integral education?