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16 years ago
timewaster
Hi - Da Vinci's paintings of the Madonna/Virgin of the Rocks was discussed here a couple of months ago. The discussion was about the the phallic nature of the rocks.
Forum: Author of the Month
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Paul, On the poetic side of this, the architect Louis Kahn (subject of the movie "My Architect") said this: Quote Al material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light. I pulled that quote out of the book "Between Silence and Light
Forum: Author of the Month
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Scimitar, One day a neighbor and I were having coffee next to the pool and she told me about having woken up the night before, freezing cold (in the Summer, in Los Angeles) and being unable to move because it felt as though she was being pinned down by a man although there was none there. Another neighbor walked by, who had told me the same story before, and I called her over and the two comp
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
A friend once told me that if I didn't do my laundry my pants would walk off by themselves. Now I know he wasn't kidding!
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, Good to listen to your intuition about something like that. Especially at such a quiet hour. Better safe than sorry. I'm surprised that your dog didn't pick up on anything though. Dog's are usually pretty good about things like that (so maybe it's good he didn't act up.) Anyway, I don't want to scare you, but if he's a creep, he might hang out for a couple of days. Keep your eyes open and yo
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Anne-Marie and others, Anne-Marie wrote: "That is a rule, if they start asking for money they lose the gift." What if psychic ability isn't a "gift" but rather the result of study, hard work and discipline, like other talents and skills? Would one suddenly un-learn what might have taken years to develop if they were to accept compensation for their efforts? This begs the
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, Alex's advice is good. I would add that you might want to bring a tape recorder. I saw a psychic once who insisted that I bring a tape and she recorded the whole thing for me so I could refer to it later if I wanted, which I did. I remember that I didn't ask any questions and neither did she. I think she really was psychic (I was skeptical and went into it for entertainment value)as there
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, About 18 years ago my car broke down in Albuquerque and I ended up spending 2 weeks there with friends while the car was being repaired. I remember commenting to my friends that I liked the blue trim I saw on some of the adobe houses in Old Town and they told me that it was supposed to keep bad spirits out of the house. Sounds like the same idea as the Gullah folk have. Unfortunately I can't
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Cleopatra, I had a cat named Cleopatra, but I guess you hear that all the time. I enjoyed your post, but I don't think you judged the Belief-O-Matic correctly. Sure, it doesn't tell you much about where you might be along a spiritual path, but I do think it's fairly successful at matching your beliefs to organized religions/philosophies that believe things similar to you. For example, you u
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Briffits, you wrote: > > Franklin was a Deist. He'd been raised as a Puritan, I'm > assuming, since his bio mentions him hearing Increase Mathers > preach. At 14 he stopped attending church services as it cut > into his reading time and at 15 declared himself a "thorough > Deist" and at 16 became a vegetarian; not certain if he > remained one for the rest of hi
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Briffits, Ben Franklin was a Quaker, I think. Other successfully pacifist (passivist?) churches would be the Shakers (Shaking Quakers,) the Mennonites and Amish. Probably a few more.
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Nolondil, I noticed that the UU was pretty high up on most lists too and decided to test if it always came up high. I answered the questions in what I considered to be the most arrogant and opinionated way I could and got the following results. Interesting that the top 5 results are all Christian - is that because I'm most familiar with authoritative Christian beliefs (God save me from your f
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Again - Just looked at everyone's results. I'm very proud of my 5% agreements with a couple of the religions. Has anyone gotten a 0% - that's what I'd rank myself on my bottom 4 except maybe I'd have to give a few points to Catholicism because I enjoy Christmas Mass and a couple of points to Islam for the architecture.
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, As I understand it, the Puritans evolved into the Methodists and the Unitarians. The Unitarians (aka Unitarian Universalists aka godless heathens) were the city folk in Boston and other areas that had fairly heavy interaction with non-Christian and other-type-Christians because of their travels as traders and needed a religion that didn't conflict their beliefs with those of the people they
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Steve, You know, ya gotta trade 'em when the ashtray fills up or the cup holder breaks. Actually, I've only gone through 3. #4 is in my office & #5 is at home, both chugging away beautifully. Lots of parts of #3 have been cannibalized for #5. -- That's not too bad a record for someone who's been working with computers since 1972 - friends have gone through dozens. John
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Anselm, Anselm wrote: > My question is, does the world really need another esoteric > cabal running around? Another question might be, can we do anything to prevent it? >Do potential initiates really need > someone lording over them with manufactured titles? Apparently, some people do need this kind of structure or else no one would subscribe. There's too many people looking
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Melusine et al., Arestrup looks like a Danish name to me. Regarding the name Nils Runeberg, there was a Finnish national poet named Runeberg, though his family was Swedish. I haven't read the book in question, but am intrigued enough by what people have had to say to add Borges to my reading list (which gets longer daily.) As far as constructing a name for a character who's discussing bibl
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Rob, An atheist does not have to subscribe to either scientific method or secular humanism (which aren't mutually exclusive, are they?) to maintain that there is no god or gods. In short, all they say is that theism, especially the concept of a god as creator and ruler of the world, is not true. Beyond that, the word atheism has no implicit meaning. One of the definitions of belief is the ac
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, Milo wrote: > > Ignoring the obvious contradiction, why is atheism such a > brilliant thing to be thankful for? Surely, it's just another > label/belief system Atheism is not just another label/belief system. It is a rejection of belief systems based on the single belief that there is no god or gods. No system to it. Would theism be just another polytheism? > and there are
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Ananda - I don't know how to post a picture on this site - I think you need to have a server or something to do so, so I can't doctor up a picture. Cleo's instructions worked pretty well for me though. Take another look at paragraph 2 of her message from 19-Feb-04 10:47 above, or if this works, follow this link:
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Cleo and AO, This confusion here shows me that the image exists in both pictures. The one with the haloes shows it more chiselled and the one without halos more "natural." The "heretical" one, without haloes, is in the Louvre and has the smoother rock phallus. It is called The Virgin of the Rocks on the web site I'll post again below. The "nice" one, with haloe
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Ananda, I suspect the difference in image quality has more to do with the monitors and video cards you have than the Mac / PC thing. On my PC, the pictures look good. Try turning up the brightness and/or contrast of the work monitor. (I keep mine dimmed a little bit when working on words and numbers because it doesn't bother my eyes as much and then turn it back up for graphics.) The phallic
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Cleo, Thanks for your detailed reply. The part of the painting under discussion is now clear to me. It is pretty clear in both versions although it's a little more abstracted in the second. I was wondering if maybe the phallus shaped rock visible through the oval shaped cave to the right was the object in question. I don't know enough about Catholic belief at the time or Da Vinci's personal
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi, Facsinating. I don't see any one specific phallus in either painting. I'm sure I will immediately after posting this, but I do see many, many pseudo-phalluses (phalli?) in the forms of the rocks as well as other sexually suggestive elements. I'm sure these are intentional and aren't meant in a humorous, vulgar or even, necessarily, a secretive way. I see the primary reason for the sexuality
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
"... for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so:" Hamlet, Shakespeare
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Phil, PhilH wrote: > Love has it's opposite, hate. > Light has its opposite, darkness. > Something as opposed to nothing. > Etc. etc. etc. Where there is light, there is no darkness. Where there is something, there is no nothing. Wouldn't it follow then that where there is love there is no hate? Is there a Satan? Following the analogies above, where something positive negates
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Fuzzy and David, As different as they are, your two answers to my question were about the same as the points my guide made in the conversation that followed my experience. Regarding its importance in guiding someone along in their spiritual development, in my case, it certainly did provide fodder to chew on. David's point that the "images" don't arrive out of nothing and that the
Forum: Inner Space
16 years ago
timewaster
Hi Richard, You said: > Phsycic phenomona always leave me wondering after an experience if it is real or not. I'm the same way, both believing and not. I always attribute it to my being Gemini, but then I don't really believe in astrology. :) I was once regressed through a series of past lives that felt completely real to me. Actually, it was a series of previous deaths, the last hours of
Forum: Inner Space
15 years ago
timewaster
Hi Sunsword, You said: (a) The first Unitarian church in America was not established in Boston until 1785. So to call Adams a Unitarian is somewhat misleading. I don't think it's that misleading. The Congregational church in Mass. had been dividing itself into two camps for quite a while prior to the establishment of the Unitarian church. One camp had unitarian views, the other didn't. When the
Forum: Global Village
15 years ago
timewaster
Hi Briffits, What a memory you have. And what a poor one I have. You're right that Franklin was not a Quaker. I'll try to remember that this time. Found this on the web: QuoteWas Ben a Quaker? Benjamin Franklin was not a Quaker. He was baptized in 1706, at the Old South Church congregation's Cedar Meeting House on downtown Washington Street, Boston. Built in 1729 as a Congregational church, Ol
Forum: Global Village
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