A Dangerous Method and Synchronicities

As long suffering readers of this blog may know, I am fascinated with synchronicities (aka “co-incidences”), so off I hied myself to see “A Dangerous Method“, a movie on the early professional life of the guru of synchronicity, Dr Carl Jung. I found the movie somewhat dis-satisfying, although I appreciated the exploration of his relationshipContinue reading “A Dangerous Method and Synchronicities”

The Hunger Games, Girard and the Cross

I succumbed and took in “The Hunger Games” at the local multiplex  – a greybeard amongst herds of youth. The screenplay is the first of several based on a popular teenage trilogy surpassing, it is trumpeted, the Harry Potter and Twilight series. Eschewing magic tricks and supernatural themes, it paints a picture of a post-apocalypticContinue reading “The Hunger Games, Girard and the Cross”

Where justice begins…

Wake up, you who long deeply for a world of right relationships, you shall be encircled by the birth of a new society. (Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied) “Righteousness” is a loaded word. I look back to the evangelical influences of my youth and remember theContinue reading “Where justice begins…”

The might of the meek…

Jesus said: Tubwayhun l’mskikhr d’hinnon nertun arha. Wake up, you who have softened what is rigid within;  you shall be open to receive the splendor of the earth’s fruits. (KJV version: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.) This one, in traditional expression, has been one of the most misunderstood of the Beatitudes.Continue reading “The might of the meek…”

There’s muscle in what we yearn for…

Jesus said:   Tubwayhun lawile d’hinnon netbayun. Wake up you who weep for your frustrated desire;  you shall see the face of fulfillment in a new form. (KJV version: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted..) Again, it is plain to see how a translation from Aramaic (through the Syrian tradition) favours aContinue reading “There’s muscle in what we yearn for…”

Wake up to spirit and cosmos!

Jesus said:  Tubwayhun l’meskenaee b’rukh d’dilhounhie malkutha d’ashmaya. “Wake up, you who devote yourselves to the link of Spirit; the design of the universe is rendered through you.” Let it be said from the outset that I am no Aramaic scholar. I’ve dabbled in Hebrew and have a passing working knowledge (with aid of lexiconContinue reading “Wake up to spirit and cosmos!”

Wakeup calls in an ancient tongue

“Makarios” is the koine Greek word often translated as “blessed” in the famous Beatitudes from the Sermon of the Mount, a collection of the core message of Jesus. It is unfortunate that a passive, almost listless unpacking of the mysterious word “blessed” renders the equally inactive meanings of “happy” or “fortunate” – hence “happy areContinue reading “Wakeup calls in an ancient tongue”