The Greatest Mystic You’ve Never Heard Of

The Bible is generally considered the most powerful piece of writing of the contemporary era. In 1455, when Johann Gutenberg sought to print something with his newly invented printing press, he decided on the Bible as that first experiment in mass media. Why not start with what most of the Western world believed to be the word of God?

Lost in translation

The Bible, Old Testament and New, covers history from the beginning of the world up to the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It includes writings attributed to dozens of authors over a period of 3500 years. Biblical urtexts were written in at least three languages and it’s been translated into an estimated 3000 more. Yet…

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Planet Power: Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2013

AUM… In our last 24 hours on the planet we are all mystics. At that time, it’s just a matter of whether you are a happy mystic or a sad mystic. If you have no vocabulary for the changes at that time, you will feel/be lost. If you have no mystical experience with which to relate — you will be swept along by the winds of (your) fate. Time to close your eyes to this world. It is time to meditate on your spiritual rebirth. Look for the Sagittarius New Moon around moonset on Moonday, and “see” what your dreams are worth. AUM…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) It’s your world around moonset on Moonday night… Have you guessed…

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude is healthy and certainly is a happier way of looking at things.
Conversely, we’re cautioned that judgment is a treacherous task, destined to dismay. No doubt, when something is judged, opportunity arises for assigning lack. So the admonishment not to judge seeks to save us from the negative response of disappointment. But how do you avoid noting an obvious failing without judging? When something is amiss, can you just “Turn it off,” like in the song from the play The Book of Mormon? Deliverance from this conundrum comes by way of discernment.

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III might not have gotten the opportunity to heave the Hail Mary pass to Jordan Westerkamp on the final play of the Northwestern game.

Much was made of Ameer Abdullah’s determined 16-yard run with a Kellogg pass to convert a fourth-and-15. And rightly so. If not for Burtch’s presence of mind a few seconds later, however, there might not have been sufficient time on the clock for Kellogg’s touchdown pass.

On first-and-10 at the Nebraska 40-yard line, with time running out, Burtch caught a Kellogg pass for a 7-yard gain, at the…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) Welcome into the sign of the prophet, prophecy and all tall tales; wild and divine. Tell/write me what’s on your mind, and why it’s so hard to find. It’ll be a short story, right? Gotcha! Sagittarius also rules humor, wit and composition. You LOVE telling ($elling?) stories — and if you tell ’em well enough (to $ell ’em) and long enough, they’ll sometimes seem true for/to you, too. Ask O.J. Simpson. Your ruler, Jupiter — which also rules freedom — is retrograding conjunct O.J.’s Sun. Maybe he’ll be sprung by next spring, when Jupiter moves direct……

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory “blew right past me.”

Gregory, a defensive end, “took a good angle, had a full head of steam,” said Santos, a linebacker. “I already knew Randy was fast, but right then, it was like, ‘Whoa, this guy can move.’”

“This guy” is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, it should be noted. He’s large as well as fast.

The week of the Huskers’ game at Purdue, Gregory received a lot of media attention because of his connection to the Boilermakers. He had committed to them out of high school but had changed his mind while attending…

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Sugar or Honey: Is One Better?

Everyone has a sweet tooth. Of the five basic tastes defining the human palate — salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami — sweet is the only one we’re addicted to at birth. Human infants display a definite taste for sugar. In fact, as Michael Moss describes in Salt, Sugar, Fat, our addiction to sugar is rooted in our DNA while addiction to salt is by acquisition.

Sugar in its natural form is generally good for us. But, like so many things in human history, we’ve managed to muck it up by meddling. To understand our relationship with sugar, we need to know more about how sugar exists in nature versus the way we consume it now in modern…

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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The Scoop on Poop

There is an eye-catching scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnum opus and Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor. The movie details the life arc of the...

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Skin Deep

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin contains, protects and functions on the outside and inside. That’s right. Technically, skin doesn’t...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

The name Albert Einstein remains one of the most recognizable in all of history. Charles Webster “C.W.” Leadbeater, not so much. Both men made names...

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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