Temet Nosce

Piecing together the puzzle of mythology and the human condition

Posts Tagged “self work”

The Ashlar In Conflict With the Temple: Reconciling the Needs of the Individual with the Needs of Society

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me, and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there […]

Never Forget: 24 Priorities and Principles on a Day of Remembrance

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

I have written the following 24 declarations, neither as a citizen of any particular country nor a believer in any particular faith, but simply as a human being. Here’s what I’m doing my best to never forget, today and every day:

The End of the Family Line

Posted on June 21st, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about Fathers Day. It’s hard to say I’m thankful for my father. When I was a kid, the most positive male role model I had was a fictional character in ridiculous blue tights and a red cape. As I wrote once before, my brother and I didn’t need […]

The Sleeper Must Awaken

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

Science fiction and fantasy books and movies often delve into the fantastic, the unreal, the magical, the impossible…and yet so often they reflect a deeper truths. Sometimes, what looks like magic is actually just incredibly advanced technology. I’m an admitted nerd for the old 1980’s David Lynch movie Dune. However, I never read the book […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 2: This Looks Like a Job For…Someone Else!

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer The Slings and Arrowes of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” — Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 Growing up the middle child in a dysfunctional family gave me two intense compulsions to carry on into adulthood: 1) to always try to […]

Your Hate Has Made You Powerful

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

There’s a quote from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that has nagged at me for years. In my 20’s, it was an inspiring quote that brought a lot of energy to me when the chips were down and I was fighting the good fight. After I did a lot of feminist leadership training, I […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 1: Digging In the Dirt

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

Certain Masonic lodges include a preliminary mini-ritual preceding the initiation of an Entered Apprentice. In it, the candidate is seated at a desk in a small room called a Chamber of Reflection, an allegorical representation of an ancient initiatory cave. He is instructed to solemnly contemplate certain things of importance relating to the degrees which […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Prologue

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon Photographer Bob Gruen remembered John Lennon as a man who could never be exposed in a biography nearly as well as he had exposed himself to the world in life. Lennon was unafraid to be naked and vulnerable to the […]

Man of Steel / Son of Man

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve been a fan of both Jesus and Superman for almost as long as I’ve been alive, and one thing I can tell you about both men is that their stories fit the mythic hero archetype. This is why, whether intentional or otherwise, Superman can be seen as an allegory of any one of handfuls […]

Invisible Lessons

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

When I went to technical college, I lamented to my father about having to take Calculus classes. I knew that in my chosen field (which I had already been working in for several years), calculus was something I would never be called on to use. In responding, my father described having a similar experience while […]