Posts By: Willem

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Going E-Primitive

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    To be or not to be? That is the question. -Shakespeare E-Prime describes a version of the English language that does not use the verb “to be”. As you may find out with a little research on the internet, various reasons encourage the adoption of such a practice for writing and speaking. Your internet search… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Towards an Animal Tracker’s Celebration of Mystery

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    For a Tracker, no answers exist. Only questions, suspicions, hypotheses, patterns, tendencies. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. – Einstein To see a barefoot track upon the earth, does not mean the maker didn’t wear shoes. What if they had cut the bottoms out? To see seven black crows in a… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Sacred Means Survival

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    We split the atom to release unimagined destruction. We also split story away from wisdom, and thus gave birth to entertainment. And the radiation burns still glint in our eyes and upon our souls. What if every rattle, every pictograph, every myth, every ritual, did not attempt to answer questions about the meaning of life,… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Baskets Containing Emptiness

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    Did an answer create the universe? Or did a question? If one can describe religion as a system of answers and certainties about the cosmos, taken on and held in faith, has modern science become just another religion? What does honest inquiry into the natural world look like? What does the natural world itself look… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Offerings at the Grave of Right and Wrong

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    Out beyond ideas of Right-doing and Wrong-doing, there is a field…I’ll meet you there. -Rumi What if at long last, we arrived at an unexpected place, in time for a funeral. Seeing sad yet familiar faces, we decided to stay and listen, to pay our respect to the unknown one finding rest in the earth…. Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Sacred Wounds and Flowering Swords

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    In the Shinto Creation Myth, the primordial divine man and woman emerged at the beginning of time. The man dipped his spear down from the clouds and stirred the world into activity. Decked with flowers, painted with colors, spirals, and dancing designs, he approaches. Craggy and ancient in one moment, as if chiseled from rock,… Read more »

  • Messages from Beyond

    The Maiden Voyage of the S.S. Palingenesia

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    With prayers and ghosts I stepped out the door, on pilgrimage to the sleeping goddess of fire, the slumbering giant known in modern times as Mt. Tabor. Street by street I made my way from the high plateau of Northeast Portland, down, across the long East-West throat, formerly named “Sullivan’s Gulch”, but now christened by… Read more »

  • Messages from Beyond

    Giving Away Antiques, Meeting the Sunrise Naked

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    Under what color of sky shall we pretend that all that for which our hearts are grieving is lost to us held in the keeping of other hands On which day will we decide that yesterday was the lie but having no words for such a sentiment will simply be born to a life which… Read more »

  • Messages from Beyond

    It’s All About Peace

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    You know, for a long time, I’ve had this little scar on my left hand. I got it at a Tracker school class in a fishing spear construction accident. I’ll leave the back story at that. Suffice to say, the little damn scar is the perfect replica of a broken arrow! I’ve had people remark… Read more »