After completing my master’s thesis (in Education, within Philosophy of Education, deeper in Contemplative Education), reflecting back on it and considering future possibilities of exploration in that field of research, I found myself asking where to/ when to/ how to/ and why to next? Pausing, I delved into rhetoric, “Why bother with such questions? You know what you are (and are not),,, I am wizard” (at least the “i” that has a need to be something relevant). My vocational/existential life has been a contested position for me as long as I can remember, straddling between the professional-scholastic world and the world of my interests and heart’s passions; initially this blog was intended to be a journalistic congregation for my PhD thoughts – as a leaning pole for PhD journey management, but I have since started leaning away from this overly academic stream (especially away from the crutching feeding tubes of Ivory Tower internal plumbing) and striding more toward a “great work”, to step back to life, a life worth living, a life through self-sprung service beyond conventional outcomes.
There is a part of me that is still climbs the Ivory Tower in search of true scholarship, another part of me years for an unspoken freedom of the mountains and wilderness, the Indigo Mountain Wizard – this appeals to my doing, practising, engaging the wilderness of the mind, the art of seeing beyond, the crafts of wisdom – which is not limited to the parameters of academic expectation, yet still respects the scholastic facet as a right-handed part of the Wizardly Gestalt. Which is a hint to the overarching title of this blog, and more so, the organic practice model I am building and calling The Middle-Hand Path.
This site (far beyond any academic adherence) continues to be an attempt to offer a ‘hand’ (so to speak – to myself and others) in wayfinding, navigation, pathworking, mapping, routing, and pedagoging a clear holism of life that use as its foundation ‘wisdom’, drawing mainly on Madhyamaka and Dzogchen philosophical language, but not limited to that – and I further look to ask the critical, contemplative, creative, and sometimes seemingly ridiculous questions to fuel this creative vision.
Lastly, the attention I wish to arouse in this blog is threefold, namely 1) to explore the foundations of wisdom with the purpose of arousing it, 2) to develop and cultivate a path / way and its component syllabi to arouse wisdom and put it into practice, and 3) to reap the fruits of insight so that they may be successfully shared.
This process is the work I call The Middle-Hand Path and it is a work in process. The title refers to two aspects, one being a refernce to the Buddhist wisdom praxis known as The Middle-Way and/or the philosophy of Madhyamaka – this holds a significant place in my life journey, and significantly influences all other aspect that comes into attention; this being a personalized revision of Western Esotericism and magickal traditions, looking to emphasize and reinterpret the middle pillar (or ‘HAND’ as I will continue to refer to it) between the Right-Hand and Left-Hand paths toward actualization, further more pointing out some perennial commonalities but not necessarily creating a hybrid post-postmodern New Age go-to system, rather a subjective experience that speaks into a meta paradigm. I.e. it is my Magnum Opus (Great Work). In a nutshell, I look to inspire magickal practice with the insight and wisdom of Buddhism, drawing on Bodhicitta (the mind awakened in shunyata inseparable with compassion) as the key that unlocks, guides, and holds this enitre process.
If you gather some idea of what I have said above, I do not only intend to theorize my thinking in this field, but to actually practice and affectively create living and beholdable artifacts (art-i-facts) as fruits of these practices.
That much said, is enough for now…
Oh, what a journey! Worth every drop!
May the journey be clear and kind (in heart-and-mind)!
May peace prevail without prejudice and judgment!
May life continue to be interpenetrated with compassion and wisdom!
May freedom remain free for all!
May “Fuck-it! Don’t Worry, Be Happy” be a true jovial mantra
– as true as is
Hakuna Matata! 😉