Sonnet (9): The Gold of the Alpha & the Omega

The clutching leaves, once green with greed, now fall In solemn showers, Nature’s second gold, Verdure perfected, venerable and old; A onetime fire, held in seasoned thrall Whose ancestor was gold celestial: Daughter of warmth amidst the bitter cold Of light in darkness, neither young nor old Ever budding out of death: renewal A gold…

Consciousness and its Transfiguration (1): Introduction, Preliminaries, Ordinary Consciousness and the First Enhancement

Introduction Awareness is a condition for consciousness and experience as sound is a condition for a piece of music. Consciousness and experience, in turn provide the ground for all other endeavours of human life, including science, knowledge, and philosophy. The results of such an intensification consist in three states of consciousness that transcend the ordinary…