One Word

One Word screenshotProving reincarnation among human beings is challenging and controversial. However, proving reincarnation (redigitalization?) among blogs is much simpler. Case in point: Eternal Awareness, one of the wisest and most beautiful blogs (or even websites) that I’ve ever come across, is now deceased. Its recorded bits and bytes are slowly going the way of all data, to fragmentation and decay as the server endlessly spins, satisfying the incessant requests for information to manifest in the blogosphere.

But… a new blog has appeared on the spinning wheel of the world-wide Web! It’s called One Word, and carries the same spirit, written by the same author. One Word is unique though, just as every person is unique. Where Eternal Awareness was sublime and serious, One Word is playful and funny, but no less insightful. It’s a cyberspace Shiva enjoying his divinity and merrily dancing on the demons of ignorance.

In this incarnation, Shiva answers to the moniker of my friend Mark Warner, whom many of you know from reading Eternal Awarness. Mark decided to revitalize his blogging through a digital death and rebirth, and revitalized it is. One Word will blitz you with blasts of creativity, humor, art, insight, and joy at brisk intervals. Enjoy!

16 thoughts on “One Word

  1. Hey Jon, thanks for putting this up. I’m glad Mark isn’t giving up blogging.


    PS – Update your blogroll as regards “Songs of Unforgetting” will ya? 😉

  2. Hey Jon,

    Sorry to try to contact you this way, but is there anyone else out there who has experienced Theosis? I would really like to compare our experiences…



  3. The problem with proofs is that everyone has to agree to the base premises upon which the proof is built.

  4. Occasionally there is an instance where a tree’s roots, having grown under the ground’s surface, re-emerge and grow, apparently forming a new tree.

  5. I wonder about juxtaposition.

    To go from the “sublime and serious” nature of EA, to the playfulness of the new site seems perfectly normal to me.

    I wonder, however, about some of my former readership. Many are being very quiet, visiting but no comments. Others are not visiting at all. Yet EA, even though I rarely contribute, grows monthly in hits… up to nearly 3000 hits a month… not bad for the kind of subject matter EA addresses, and considering when I was active there I never saw numbers close to that. 🙂

    I have been accused of writing and presenting in a way that makes me intimidating, or coming across like I have some kind of lock on the truth. People apparently don’t comment because of this

    I thought to take a more whimsical approach, in part to address this issue, and in part because I kept hitting walls that were making me not blog. But oddly, even though the brand new OneWord site is growing, there are – once again – few, if any comments. I know most people don’t comment, and maybe I am thinking too much.

    I wonder if some of my former readers look at the new blog and are unable to associate the nature of EA with, say, the biting satire that shows up in OneWord.

    Gosh… I guess I am coming here for counseling. I mean, the couch WAS empty.

    Anyway, I’d love to hear anyone’s opinions or insights.

  6. Mark,

    E-mailwardsally we go. (Damn, that’s great Esperanto, but it just looks just silly in English!)

  7. mark,

    I am new to both your blogs (and this one). Why people don’t comment I can’t answer. I’m not telepathic. But I can tell you why I might not do so.

    I didn’t feel your first blog to be intimidating, but you address issues I need to reflect on. How long? I can’t tell. It might be months when suddenly something I read way back connects with an insight I have right now. Or else I “know” but can’t just find the right words yet. Then I don’t comment because it doesn’t feel good to me. Better wait until those words come of their own accord.

    But then when that happens, I feel a little shy to resurrect threads that might be months, sometimes years old.

    Jon, there’s one of yours like that. OK if I comment?


  8. Thank you, Margreet. I get that, and feel the same way at times. In fact, to some extent, that’s why I have nearly stopped blogging at EA… I find myself doing some thinking about things raised there.

    With respect to my sites, please never hesitate to resurrect anything, even it is water that spilled over the dam months, even years before.

    I tend to do a lot of self examination. In the earlier part of my life I didn’t really know how to do that too well. In my late 30s, I started training in martial arts and the esoteric arts & sciences. Both of these paths became a huge source of insight for me, teaching me a ton of things I never knew about self improvement. One of the great, but sometimes pesky, things that has arisen out of those years of training is the tendency to examine my own motivations.

    Only last night, I was seriously questioning the reason I am doing the OneWord blog, because the idea isn’t necessarily to tear things down, to criticize… that’s way too easy and there are tons of people a lot better at doing both of those things then me.

    At the same time, I think we often take certain things a bit too seriously. The ability to laugh at our circumstances and ourselves can be invaluable, particularly when we are seeking to address some of the more serious, deeper issues in our lives.

    Thank you again, very much, for your comment.

  9. Please comment, Margreet!

    I like comments…!

    Mark, be careful not to over-analyze. You know the principle: mu-shin — no thought.

  10. Jon, I posted a comment, but it doesn’t show up on the recent posts list. It’s at Ubi Caritas.

  11. Peace Jon, Mark and everyone else,

    The constant reviewing of fundamental intentions is, I would argue, healthy; it stops us getting carried away with ourselves. If you weren’t questioning yourself regularly then there would probably be something wrong.

    At any rate, for my part, I stopped trying to defend other peoples’ conceptions of me. This has given me far more mental energy for more worthy tasks.

    Abdur Rahman

  12. “…trying to defend other people’s conceptions of me.”

    Abdur, I still struggle with that. Jon is right, I need more mu-shin! 🙂

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