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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Important Difference

Self-righteous attempts at conventional religion; experiments with grass, acid, speed; chanting Hare Krishna down Fifth Avenue; endless wanderings around the earth — so began the search for enlightenment among my friends more than 10 years ago. It’s hard to see if anyone has become enlightened, and if they have, they haven’t become better human beings for it.

By Judy Bratten April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Space Seed, Space Egg

High up just inside the dome of the great public domain, there is being prepared now a World’s Fair, a great unveiling.

By Jason April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

TM: Touching The Source

Like everyone, I was looking for inner peace and happiness. There were the days of booze and drugs. The two hours each day of Yoga positions which included breathing exercises that almost blew my head off. Concentrative meditation which was preceded by a primal scream for everyone to be quiet.

By Tommy Dean April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Good Heavens

To come to an understanding of the intrinsic workings of everyday life, primitive man sought order amidst the chaos of his existence. Tides came in and washed over ground that was dry and untouchable only days before. Cold made barren the lushness of a summer forest.

By Stephen Martin April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

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Astrological notation

Astrological notation, rows of numbers, and the arcane symbolism of the Tarot filled the page.

By Sy Safransky April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

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Before I went traveling I lived in a house

Before I went traveling I lived in a house where we banned the word “Enlightenment.” At the time it was the impossible, unreachable, unfathomable dream, and I suppose we couldn’t take the pressure of being held up to our Goal, being only human as we were.

By Cindy Crossen April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Enlightenment Game

BODY enters world. Spirit enters body. Go.

April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

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Whether life or its meaning comes first becomes irrelevant

Whether life or its meaning comes first becomes irrelevant. Love is meaning. Life without love is meaningless.

By Blue April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On Not Believing

If you look hard enough for a reason to support something you want to believe in, you’ll find it. We select a belief as we do a mate, seeking for that which best reflects ourselves and our needs. Both are fragile and tenuous affairs, but how much more fervently one will hold onto some beliefs, after many loves have come and gone.

By Sue Hartnett April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

And Then, Forever

“Well, is the house still there?” she asks in the morning, rubbing sleep from her eyes. Yes, I think, it’s there: the universe holds together. This morning, as every morning: the house, the street outside, the house across the street: their lives, our lives. What more assurance, what greater truth, can we ask for?

By Sy Safransky April 1974
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