Through Lungs and Leaves

By Adam J. Pearson It’s a beautiful day To lie under a tree  and breathe in the forest while the trees breathe in me. The mind in the forest And the forest in Mind, Flux of inter-being Separateness, cannot find. Each passing moment Is a death and rebirth– Earth springs into trees And trees turn…

The First Hyperlinked Text: The Bible and its 63,779 Cross-References

By Adam J. Pearson 63,779 Cross-References I’d like to share with you one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring images I have ever seen. Period. Professor Jordan Peterson recently and brilliantly described the Bible as the first “hyperlinked text,” that is, the first text that complexly references itself throughout the entirety of its structure in…

Material Reductionism – The Past Mythology of the Future?

By Adam J. Pearson To the Ancient Greeks, it once seemed, as they felt the Earth violently trembling beneath their feet, that nothing could explain such a mysterious and astoundingly mighty phenomenon than that they must have offended the great god Poseidon. There was a time when such an explanatory theory seemed the epitome of obviousness,…

Shifting Lenses: Approaches to a Family Conflict through Structural Family Therapy, Emotional Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Family Therapy

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: Possible Versions of a Life According to White and Epston (2004), two of the founding voices that spoke narrative therapy into being, it is crucial for clinicians to recognize that “the person is not the problem; the problem is the problem” and that every time we ask a question, “we…

Not-One, Not-Two: Qabalah, Zen, and the Diamond Sutra

One of the profoundest teachings of  The Diamond Sutra, one of the most influential Mahayana Sutras in East Asia and is a key object of devotion and study in Zen Buddhism states that there is: No form, form is empty No sensation, sensation is empty No perception, perception is empty No perceiver, the perceiver is empty…

Free falling into Answerlessness

By Adam J. Pearson In my experience, free falling into answerlessness, surrendering all the authorities and their doctrines to the vastness of not-knowing, feels like a delightful vulnerability, an exquisitely unknown openness, with no promises and no guarantees. Nothing broken, nothing fixed. Just the fall. This fall into nowhere, this fall into here, is at…

What Is the Difference Between Trivial and Burning Spiritual Questions?

By Adam J. Pearson Q: What is the difference between a trivial and a burning spiritual question? A: All spiritual questions are absolutely trivial in and of themselves, for our essential nature is beyond all questions and the concepts used to formulate them, but some questions can be more or less relatively useful in focusing the mind and absorbing…

Meditation is Keeping the Mind Before Thinking

By Adam J. Pearson The heart of jnana yoga And the practice of meditation, Are very, very simple. We just don’t think so. And so, we trust thinking it out Over abiding In the empty Mind before thinking, And think constantly About enlightenment, consciousness, Awareness, the absolute. Thought is helpful for many things, But not for…

Glimpses vs. Stabilization on the Way of Jnana Yoga

By Adam J. Pearson Questioner: “One instant of boundlessness resolves the entire equation,” is this true? Adam: “Yes and no. In an instant, there can be a perfect glimpse of boundlessness. But that is very different from being stabilized in and as it. The selfing mental process is very quick to claim anything it comes…

From Occupational Pluralism to Professional Unity: The Rise of Medical Professionalization from the Ancient World to the Mid-20th Century

By Adam J. Pearson The history of the professionalization of medicine from the ancient world to the mid-20th century represents a process of gradual evolution from competitive occupational pluralism to a unified medical profession with a legal monopoly, powerful authority, and collective solidarity. To begin, medical practitioners in the Ancient World operated in the context…