Christianity is the most popular religion around the world. It is practiced by approximately 30% of the population yet, surprisingly, many of its devotees are not aware of some of its most basic premises. Lack of knowledge about one's religion means blind faith, which can lead one down the proverbial garden path. In this discussion I am exploring the Christian faith from the perspective of it being a religion based upon the principles of Jewish blood magic.
A common objective of destructive cults is to get complete control over devotees by convincing them to break all ties with family and friends. The indoctrination process is often subtle, with victims not realising they’ve been manipulated till it’s too late. From the perspective of a twisted mind, establishing absolute control over others by eliminating... Continue Reading →
I have recently discovered the fabulous work of Dr Richard Carrier, an academic who specialises in Christian history. His work excites me because it confirms my own research plus fills a few gaps. Dr Carrier clearly explains how Christianity developed out of Judaism whilst simultaneously synergising with other religious and cultural influences. On one hand... Continue Reading →
Ever since the first century, there have been individuals who proclaim the apocalypse is just around the corner. In today’s environment of Covid-19, natural disasters, nuclear weapon technology, and financial hardships, there is no shortage of doomsday leaders who believe the real time of the tribulation is now. But what if they are all wrong? What if the symbology used by John the Elder has been taken literally when it should be metaphorical? In this blog I explore a possible interpretation that takes into account how the symbolism can be read in a historical context.
Have you ever been confused by the word "ego"? In this blog I demystify some nuances surrounding the term ego by reviewing historical contexts in which the concept was developed.
“Since the beginning of time, spirituality and religion have been called to fill in the gaps that science did not understand.” ~ Dan Brown, Angels and Demons, pg.43 Alan John Miller, is the cult leader of a group called Divine Truth. He convinces his disciples that he is the reincarnation of Jesus; that’s right, this... Continue Reading →
As Early Christianity evolved it was dependant upon symbols and influences from other faiths and cultures. In this blog I specifically look at Jewish and Greek philosophy and how one the most renown Church Father's harmonised these ideas.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest gender of them all? If one were to go back in time and ask Aristotle this question, it's a fair bet he would say: “Men are the fairest of them all!” In a previous blog I go through an overview of why I believe Aristotle’s high... Continue Reading →
Aristotle's philosophies have had profound influence on Christianity, Islam, and European cultures in general. Sometimes this influence has been good in the sense that it has promoted discussions about topic, other times Aristotle's influence can been seen as being negative. The later is particularly obvious when it come to reviewing how patriarchal systems have used Aristotle's writings to justify male supremacy
Castration of male genital has long a history in mythology, religious rites, and as a means of controlling slaves. In contrast, Freud believed castration anxiety was an experience all boys went through. Like most psychoanalytic babel, the so-called universal experiences of infantile sexuality have no scientific basis and when the "evidence" to support them, i.e.,... Continue Reading →
"Rip, Rip, Rip ... this is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your heart and soul!" exclaims Mr. Keating (Robin Williams). The book ripping scene in the Dead Poet's Society is a classic. A class of young men, quietly await to have their minds filled with instructions on how to interpret the... Continue Reading →
Would the universe have been created if Ra had sex education? To explore possible responses to that question, I have written a satirical account of the Ancient Egyptian creation myth and juxtaposed it with the scientific theory of the Big Bang.
Thinking and communication processes are based on symbols. Therefore, it logically follows that symbols would also play a role in mental wellbeing. In this blog, I discuss the basics of this connection.
A bow and arrow? A bow made of ribbon? Bending down to bow? Words that look the same but have different meanings and/or have variations in pronunciations can be tricky to work out. Revelations 6:2 presents such a situation.
The other day I was doing some causal reading of Thomas Aquinas (not everyone's choice, I know, but I'm like that) and I found myself surprised to see him speak candidly about the earth being round. He wrote: ... the astronomer and the physicist both may prove the same conclusion: that the earth, for instance,... Continue Reading →
Ancient philosophers often referred to a hierarchy of the cosmos as fire, air, water, and earth. These have often been mistaken as literal but they actually refer to a theological framework that describes components of human beings.
Christianity did not evolve in a vacuum. It emerged from a conglomerate of Jewish, Greek, and other influences that impacted its formation. In this blog I'm going to touch upon theological issues that outside influences had on Christianity’s development, but mostly I'm going to keep focus on some of it's symbolism, namely, St Mark's winged... Continue Reading →
Psychoanalytical's assumption that symbols have universal meanings is flawed. I demonstrate this by challenging Jordan Peterson's remarks about Chaos being predominately a feminine trait.
In 2016, Australian artist, Ben Quilty, travelled to Syria to work in refugee camps. The project involved supplying children with quality paper and pencils and encouraging them to tell their stories through pictures. The drawings were complied into a book, titled Home. The images and stories are moving to say the least. If you'd like... Continue Reading →
About three years ago, my son, then 15, and I went to an exhibition opening at a small community center in a suburb on the outskirts of Brisbane. It was a chilly winter night and many of the locals were there in their finest felt hats and colourful scarfs. I had submitted a couple of... Continue Reading →
The process of seeing involves light entering our eyes and influencing the physiological mechanisms for sight in our brains. At the back of our eyes is our “retina” which is largely composed of “cones” and “rods” that interpret visual information. The cones and rods send communication signals via nerve impulses to our visual cortex and... Continue Reading →
Over a hundred years ago Freud created a name for himself with the invention of psychoanalysis. Since then, scientific research has disproven most of his work, especially that which relates to trauma. Nevertheless, many people are still dedicated “believers”. Amongst those still under Freud’s hypnotic influence is Jordan Peterson. The consequences of such means that individuals with PTSD are at risk of not getting the support that they need to recover.
Have you ever wondered how your family's history effects you? Have you ever noticed there are patterns of behaviour across generations? Common occupations? Reoccurring themes of tragedy? Have you ever suspected your family's ancestry was affecting you but couldn't quite figure out how or why? Our family of origin determines more than just our genetic... Continue Reading →
As part of my masters of mental health studies, I was required to write a newsletter-style report about a mental health issue directed at a specific group of professionals. I chose to write about depression, adolescence, and education for teachers: --------------- It is estimated that, on average, there are at least two students in every... Continue Reading →
What is Art Therapy? Art therapy, also sometimes referred to as art psychotherapy, is a counselling approach that incorporates the creating of artwork into the therapeutic process. Creating art provides a means of directly tapping into the subconscious mind and in doing so provides insights and directions for conversations that could be otherwise missed. Art... Continue Reading →
When people first try art therapy there is often some level of self-consciousness. Thoughts and comments along the lines of “will my drawing be ‘good’ enough?” or “I haven’t been creative since I was a kid!” or “I can’t even draw a straight line!” often come up. Such things often arise as a result of... Continue Reading →
Renée Spencer, 2018, Tree of Hearts, pencil on paper - digitally enhanced Art therapy and neuroscience have an intimate connection. There are many facets to this which can be explored, however, as an introduction to the topic this article will be focusing on the creative process. Other connections between art, therapy, the brain, and mental... Continue Reading →