I’m Kim, a writer, author, designer, artist, yoga and meditation instructor, trained as an architect, living near Montréal, Canada.

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spirituality & philosophy

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  • March 12, 2016

Hanuman Chalisa By Heart (sung by Nina Rao)

I will admit this: I’m rather partial to monkeys. I suppose it is because I am born in the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac. One of the most famous Chinese legends is that of the Monkey King, one of the main characters of the Chinese story Journey to the West. The Hindus have …

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  • January 25, 2016

“The Infinite Proceeds From The Infinite”

The beginning of yet another year, yet another present moment in this holographic emanation of time. How we come back again and again to the infinite Here Now. What is revealed…? From Wikipedia: Ancient and medieval Indian scholars have referred to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as a foundation to discuss psychological theories, the nature of psyche, and how …

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  • December 15, 2015

In Memory of John Trudell (1946 – 2015)

Indigenous activist, poet and writer John Trudell passed away last week on December 8, 2015. His voice will be missed around the world. I previously wrote about his courageous activism, encouraging us to act in non-cooperation with a capitalist system that is slowly killing the planet — and our humanity. Once again, in my daily …

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  • November 4, 2015

Cymatics & Mantra: Tapping into Matter with Sound Vibrations

The ancients of India believed that all existence arises from sound vibrations. There is a lot of fascinating literature on this, and the bija mantra (seed sound) of AUM is a well-known one. It may seem like some esoteric tidbit, but there is science underlying this ages-old tenet. A relatively new field in modern science, …

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  • October 1, 2015

The Privatization of Consciousness

Most of us don’t think much about advertising. Granted, we find most ads annoying, but on a certain level, they get under our skin and seem to colonize our awareness in the strangest of ways, unbidden and unwelcome. like that jingle we can’t get out of our heads. I became most aware of this after spending …

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  • October 1, 2015

The Architecture of Consciousness

Our built environment is a kind of manifestation of our consciousness, our awareness of our place in the world, and a statement of our relationship with others, the world at large, and our selves. The ancients understood this, hence the mystic forms of the Egyptians, Mayans, Druids, as well as other old civilizations like India, where …

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  • December 21, 2014

The Globalization of Addiction

Addiction is a hotly debated issue; is it a brain disease as some contend, or is it a collection of compulsive behaviours that arises from a psychological process, a forging of maladaptations to deal with emotional or psychological trauma. Others, like Canadian psychology professor Bruce K. Alexander, posit that the rise in addictions of all kinds …

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  • March 28, 2014

“I Am Not a Leader”: Russell Means

Plenty of food for thought, written by American Indian Movement (AIM) activist and controversial figure Russell Means in a 1980 cover story for Mother Jones: Distilled to its basic terms, European faith—including the new faith in science—equals a belief that man is God. Europe has always sought a Messiah, whether that be the man Jesus Christ …

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  • March 26, 2014

Bed Peace: Yoko Ono & John Lennon’s “bed-in” for peace

Several playthroughs of “Here Comes the Sun” in anticipation of spring got me down this Beatles road again. Yesterday marked the day that John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s honeymoon began in 1969, a week after their marriage in Gibraltar, near Spain (Lennon’s “Ballad of John and Yoko” gives a pretty concise rundown). Instead of indulging …

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  • March 23, 2014

On how we sacrifice (or don’t)

How do we sacrifice? This is an interesting question to ponder, as I wager many of us don’t do much sacrificing on a daily basis. We are too caught up perhaps in the daily grind, virtual worlds, a “me” mentality. But maybe sacrifice happens more often if you’re a parent, or a community volunteer, or …

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  • March 13, 2014

The Goddess & Signs Out of Time: Marija Gimbutas

A couple of years ago, I came across the ideas and writings of archaeologist and former professor emeritus of archaeology at UCLA Marija Gimbutas in a heavy tome that I chanced upon in one of my used bookstore haunts (The Language of the Goddess). Filled with diagrams of artifacts and patterns found in Neolithic sites all …

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  • November 5, 2013

We Are the Dreamed (Part 7)

Here follows Part 7 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. We Are The Dreamed Young Girl Playing Paper Game: Dream is destiny. – “Waking Life,” directed by Richard Linklater, 2001 A change of consciousness is the major …

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  • October 25, 2013

Memetics, Culture Jamming and Waking Up To Our Own Collective Lucid Dream (Part 6)

Here follows Part 6 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3,  Part 4 and Part 5. Memetics, Culture Jamming and Waking Up To Our Own Collective Lucid Dream Man on the Train: Hey, are you a dreamer? Wiley: Yeah. Man on the Train: …

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  • June 8, 2013

Risk-free Social Mapping: Dreams In Hominid Evolution of Consciousness (Part 5)

Here follows Part 5 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4. Risk-free Social Mapping: Dreams In Hominid Evolution of Consciousness Jung’s work is not without detractors – for some, his constant search for metaphor in clinical situations and attempting …

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  • May 16, 2013

We Are The Dreamed

We are our stories, our collective dreamings — nor are we alone, as our modernist, isolationist culture of self-destructive madness would like us to believe. Our imaginings, the thought forms we send out as a species, do matter — on a level that may not be physically perceivable, but it nonetheless exists. Thought is power, …

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  • May 13, 2013

From Jung To an Ecology of The Collective Unconscious (Part 4)

Here follows Part 4 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. From Jung To an Ecology of The Collective Unconscious The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that …

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  • April 18, 2013

The Dreaming, Dream Law and Ecological Ethics (Part 3)

Video: This incredible example of storytelling comes from the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony showing the unity of Australia’s 250 aboriginal tribes. Here follows Part 3 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1 and Part 2. The Dreaming, Dream Law and Ecological …

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  • March 16, 2013

Destiny

One of the first things that struck me about Montréal when I first moved here were the spiral staircases. Winding, weaving, twisting upon themselves, these iron or wood stairways are treacherous in winter and yet add an element of elegance and fantasy to the city’s streets, while allowing for a greater density of residential occupation. …

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  • February 28, 2013

“We Are Power”: Words of John Trudell

I’m not totally sure how I stumbled upon John Trudell but I’ve been reading up the last few days on this fiery, eloquent spoken word poet-activist of Santee Sioux descent who cut his teeth back in the 1970s as chairman of the American Indian Movement, among other things. Surveilled by the FBI, he lost his …

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  • February 22, 2013

Ecology of the Collective Unconscious (Part 1)

The past few years have been a bit of an undocumented period for me. I used to write pretty prolifically on the personal level and now it’s dwindled to not even a trickle, except for the odd journalling jaunt. Recovering the process will probably take some time, but in the meanwhile, I’m going to post …

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  • February 11, 2013

Thought forms

I’ve been doing a bit of research into thought forms (for fun), and it may sound farfetched, but I think that it’s not unreasonable that our mental projections can and do take on a “life” of their own. Fascinating stuff. From Wikipedia: Tulpa (Wylie: sprul-pa; Sanskrit: निर्मित nirmita[1] and निर्माणnirmāṇa;[2] “to build” or “to construct”) is a concept in mysticism of a being or object which …

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  • November 16, 2011

Hummingbird of Light

The hummingbird is seen as a symbol of resurrection, beauty and magic. Set against a mandala or wheel design of bursting colours, a bird-creature dressed in white has her feet immersed in a pool of water (a symbol for the subconscious), while geometric lines of energy seem to emanate from its depths. A drawing with …

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