Whose Mountain #11
My newest essay, and what I've been enjoying
It’s another cold week here in Montana. Not that cold weeks here are anything to write about, except that our furnace gave out and it’s COLD in my house. Like even our Nest gave up on us cold. I’d been curious about switching from a gas furnace to a heat pump for a while now. Our house must have heard me.
This week I published my latest essay Understanding A Man.
If, like me, you’ve felt like you wanted to relate to faith but never knew how, this essay is for you. It’s my story of how a reframe, started thanks to the gift I mentioned last week, helped ignite a warmer relationship with my own spiritual questions. I also mix in some cognitive science and research on transformation. Please give it a read and let me know what you think.
What I’m enjoying
These two episodes of Awakening From The Meaning Crisis on Higher States of Consciousness really blew my mind. I loved the scientific attempt to understand these higher states and the meta-scientific analysis of how they fit into the scientific framework. I know I’ve said it before, but we need more teachers sharing this type of wisdom.
I’m creating a guide to the whole series as part of Charlotte Grysolle’s Year of Creative Experiments. If you’re interested in receiving it, leave a note in the comments.
As I mentioned in my essay, I got so much out of The Truth and Beauty. I’d never read any of Andrew Klavan’s books, but when Steven described the book to me, I knew I’d be reading it. It lived up to his description and then some.
I’ve been taking Chad Smith’s course, Deep Souls. Chad has a rich understanding of religion, and he’s a master at helping me examine my own relationship to it. It’s part of the theme of exploring the intersection of mysticism and the practical. If you have any questions about it, I’d be happy to share my experience. Chad hasn’t offered me a affiliate (yet?), but I’m enjoying it so much I’m excited to share.
Where I could use some help
I'm finding myself in a place of transition yet again. It’s time for whatever the next verse is for me, and I don’t have any idea what I want that to look like. Just being asked what I want to do next feels overwhelming, and unfortunately, it’s the only questions most people know how to ask. I know many of you have been in this situation, so I’d love to learn from your perspective. If you’re open to chatting, send me a message.
Until next week, have an intentionally curious week.