Category Archives: Writing

CHRYSOPOEIA a Poem

CHRYSOPOEIA

Dare to seek the fixed point, crawl
Out of your iron box of fluid paranoia
By the road to Magnum Opus
Use the chemistry of metanoia

Intellects in highest form
Reveal themselves in metaphors
Similes, over against another
You know that’s what this is for

Square the circle ’round us now
Triangulate into four rows the decade
Up, up, reducing up to one, this is how
We find the fixed point we mislaid


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult

INVERSION a Poem

INVERSION

Inside, reaching deeply
Not down, up or out, but rather
Casting inward, humbly, into the flesh
A silent Aeon, emerging gently by starlight
Revolution comes in a deserted place in a way
Never before attempted nor dreamt of, not even by
Apollo or Thor, Kali or Hera nor any hero
Transcending not to win but to lose
Instead of receding, pursues
Our love, a helpless babe
Noël, Noël, Noël


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult

My Ranger Heads Into the Sunset

Well, it’s the end of an era.   I just sold my 2000 Ford Ranger for $2,000.   I’ll be shocked to pieces if I ever have a vehicle that out-performs the Ranger.  Here are the stats:

  • 2000 Ford Ranger, Regular Cab, 2.5L RW drive
  • Bought it in 2004 with 61,000 miles
  • Paid $6,000 cash
  • Drove it for 15 years and 138,000 miles
  • Sold it today for $2,000 cash.
  • A/C blew cold until just this year.
  • Other than A/C, two clutches, an alternator, and a busted seat (the lumbar adjustment broke and had to be fixed for $200  a few years back) I only had brakes, tires, maintenance and routine expenses.

An incredible vehicle.  Sorry to see her go.

Now lets see if my Ford Escape does that well!

 

Scarf Hold Escape

DID YOU KNOW…

that I started making two videos a week? Martial arts on Wednesdays, religion and/or philosophy on Sundays. Go get some.

Year Ten: Martial Arts Training Involution #179

I can’t believe that today we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cabal Fang martial arts.

It seems like just yesterday that I started this crazy project.  What’s amazing is that thousands of people have read the Cabal Fang books, watched our videos, and visited this blog to find out about what we’re up to.

What’s even more amazing to me is that so many people have invested their physical, material effort, their sweat and attention, by training with us.  All of these folks are now my friends, and all of them — everyone who has ever attended a Cabal Fang training session here in Richmond, VA — has been invited to a celebration and homecoming event at my house this afternoon.

So I kind of need to wrap up this week’s T.I. and start getting ready for guests!

Anyway, in honor of our anniversary, this week’s. T.I. is a flashback to our very first official constitutional.  If you’re new to my blog and/or to Cabal Fang, a constitutional is a calisthenics training routine made up of seven different calisthenics exercises done back-to-back as quickly as possible and while taking as few breaks as possible.  A new constitutional is created each month, and everyone in the club is expected to get through it twice a week.  To see a complete list of all our monthly constitutionals back to 2009, click here.

At Cabal Fang we believe that calisthenics are an essential component of functional fitness.  So, without further preamble I present our first official monthly constitutional.

Year Ten: Martial Arts Training Involution #179

* Warm-up.  Set a timer for 8 mins and warm up thoroughly until the timer beeps.
* Martial mobility.  Perform 4-rep sets of Shots, Leg Triangles, Inside leg kick with décollage, and Sit-Out Push-ups for another 8 mins.
* Constitutional.

Lunges (100)
Log Presses (50) (use a sandbag or heavy bag if you don’t have a log)
Ab Punches (1.5 mins)
Neck Crunches (100)
Bodybuilders (25)
Jack-knifes (25)
Wall Touches (100)


If you enjoyed his training involution you’d probably enjoy my books.  Why not check one out?

Book Review — Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief

Chapter 1 is entitled, “A Photograph of God? An Introduction to the Biology of Belief.” When you open up a book and you see those words, you understand immediately that you are dealing with authors who are willing to trade in hyperbole and unafraid of laying iron traps of materiality for God. Reading on, you find that what the chapter describes is the manner in which the authors scanned the brain of a subject named Robert, a Tibetan Buddhist, at the height of a meditative experience of oneness.

While the story is interesting, it is obvious that the authors have not taken a photograph of God.   They have taken a photograph of Robert’s brain.

Serious scientists and theologians, and in fact anyone with a teaspoon of common sense, knows this.  What exactly are the authors trying to prove?  For whom is this book written?

To tease that out, let’s begin with the observation that most people who believe in God understand that God is the ground of being. As a result, there’s no mystery or internal conflict in the observation that the experience of mind is inextricably linked with the vehicle called the brain.  As a Christian, this issue has already been fully explained and illuminated for me.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God;  all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1: 1-5 (RSV).

This passage is eloquently describes the relationship between God, conscousness and matter.  Religious people, who have wisdom literature like this at their disposal, don’t need to see scans of the brains of other believers to know that the experience of deity is real.  Hard scientists and unswerving atheists aren’t likely to be even mildly intrigued by Robert’s brain scans.  That leaves the floundering middle — neither reasoned believers nor scientific atheists — as the target of the book.  And I suspect that is also the camp to which the authors themselves belong.

That’s not to say that Why God Won’t Go Away doesn’t contain some entertaining and valuable insights.  I was impressed by its exploration of how myth and ritual are in fact practical survival instincts.  They do a wonderful job of explaining how the brain works in layman’s terms.  They provide a convincing scientific argument for the integrity of mind and brain, and this might be an eye-opening realization for someone looking for an escape hatch from the iron box of materialism.

And I think that’s the authors’ ultimate goal.  In the final chapters they finally come out and say it.

“We believe neurotheology provides the best source for developing satisfying mega- and metatheologies.”  (p. 176).

They are essentially positing the need to create some kind of new, common-denominator religion by starting with the brain and its chemistry.  Why would anybody want to do that?  Because the authors have bought into pop-culture history, atheist tropes, and all of the common snares and traps that snag the naive and hapless and seal them off from a universe filled with God’s wonder and beauty.  The final chapters are peppered with all of the old saws — that the church persecuted Galileo and is the enemy of science, that religion causes wars and strife, and so on. [If you believe this sort of foolishness, please read this.]

The authors believe we need a new religion that doesn’t do what the old ones do.  For those who are floundering in the same manner as the authors, this book may be a ray of light.  But once the light is seen, God awaits us in the great faiths of the world.  We do not need to reinvent the wheel, for in them we will see wheels withing wheels.


If you liked this article, there’s a good chance you’d like one of my books.  They’re available pretty much everywhere, but you can get most any of them in eBook format here.


Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief is by Andrew Newberg, M.D. Eugene D’Aquill, M.D., Ph.D., and Vince Rause.

 

QUANTUS a poem

Quantus

Embodied in you, my skin
So into you, my mind
Burns in my skull, your bone
Is my bone and my home

Cry out to you, my friend
So long ago, I saw
The dark and still, the warm
Where we were first born

I can’t but you will, I know
Let be and let go, please show
Me the way, my stone
To rejoin and atone

There is a place, it’s there
Where we will go, someday
One heart and one mind, rewind
Released and unblind


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult