Ennui

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Dynamic Syncretism

Today’s word ‘dynamic syncretism’ is a tendency in Hindu belief. It is not a principle of the religion or even something that happens consciously among its adherents. ‘Syncretism’ is the process by which elements of one religion are assimilated into another. The reason that ‘dynamic’ is added to the term when discussing Hinduism is that unlike other syncretic religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam which have each borrowed from no more than two religions directly, Hinduism has assimilated principles from many different systems of belief. Continue reading “Dynamic Syncretism”

Ein Sof

Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point. But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name “YHWH”. (Zohar, part ii., section “Bo,” 42b)

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Subluxation

Subluxation Dictionary Entry

The sciatic nerve is a major nerve extending from the lower end of the spinal cord down the back of the thigh, and dividing above the knee joint. It is the nerve with the largest diameter in the human body. Since my adolescence I’ve suffered with acute sciatica, a periodic inflammation of the sciatic nerve roots. Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable, but at other times it gets so bad that I can barely walk.  Several times I’ve been in such pain from it that I couldn’t even drive myself to get care. Continue reading “Subluxation”

Hydrochlorothiazide? | Xerxes

Some days my mind gives me great words like ‘eudaimonia‘ or ‘matriculate’. Today, it decided to give me ‘hydrochlorothiazide’. You may think to yourself, “That sounds dangerous!”  I promise you; it’s not, unless you don’t need it. Continue reading “Hydrochlorothiazide? | Xerxes”