Dangerous Spirituality 

Thurman’s spirituality was grounded not only in the beauties of the black experience, but grounded as well in the terrors of the black experience, as only someone living in Florida and Georgia could know them in 1915 and 1920 and 1930. At the same time, it was a spirituality that says: “And knowing all that, I also know that all human beings are one.”

This kind of strange combination of spiritual truth with hard political social truth led one young man in the 1930s to say this about Howard Thurman: “I’m disappointed in him. We thought we had found our Moses. And he turns out to be a mystic.” That’s the spirituality that gets people all riled up.

Source: Dangerous Spirituality | On Being

This is Anarcho-Herbalism


via This is Anarcho-Herbalism.


You might think i actin’ stupid sometimes … but NO! … the fact is … sometimes i aint actin’. I been tryin’ ta figure out just the simplest protocols (then, too, i am lazy). I want to properly credit LeeAundra Keany. “LeeAundra Keany coaches public speaking to support her writing habit. www.thecontrarypublicspeaker.com” .

When i came across “20 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FIRE” it just blew my mind. I was aware of the basics but i just liked this presentation. I gonna quote the article and put my comments in between.

“Fire is an event, not a thing.”

Yeah, baby! Thats the whole universe, from rocks, plants, mountains, planets, and people. Its all alive permeated with an intense energy.

“Heating wood or other fuel releases volatile vapors that can rapidly combust with oxygen in the air; the resulting incandescent bloom of gas further heats the fuel, releasing more vapors and perpetuating the cycle.”

Whoooo, Weeee!  Thats an explosion! (i love the clinical language). “Incandescent bloom”  tastes like champagne. Again, thats the universe feeding on itself, in full glory.

“Most of the fuels we use derive their energy from trapped solar rays.”

Wow. Sunlight. Trapped by the Earth, as if the Earth oppened up and reached out to receive love and hold it and cherish it and use it as one of the drivers of evolution, an uncontrollable and irresistable force, the light of love.

“In photosynthesis, sunlight and heat make chemical energy (in the form of wood or fossil fuel); fire uses chemical energy to produce light and heat.”

“So a bonfire is basically a tree running in reverse.”

Aren’t we all. Glory be to … the source of the universe. You and me are the same event. We grew out of the plant life that grew out of the marriage of earth, sky, and star. We are the same trapped sunlight born of the union of mother earth and sun. (Why we be worshippin’ the sun, or should be anyway.)

The light of love released in death. Sacrifice the “self”.