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    Introduction:  The Path Back Down................................ 6
The New God of Probability............................................
10
Ken Wilber........................................................................
14
Levels of Consciousness..................................................
16
The Taste of Irony............................................................
19
Music Appreciation Class................................................
22
Mindfulness and Mysticism.............................................
26
Creativity and Psychic Phenomena..................................
29
On Cloning and Other Experiments with DNA................
32
Evolution of Spiritual Capacity.........................................
36
My Difficulty with Aaron..................................................
40
Extraordinary Respect......................................................
45
To Reach . . .......................................................................
48
Paradox and Paradigm.......................................................
52
Insight Meditation:  Practice Makes Perfect...................
56
My Shadow, for Better or Worse......................................
62
Emotional Resonance........................................................
65
Cohousing — Community in Action..................................
69
Sometimes, everything goes wrong, But before it goes . . .
74
Humor as a Higher Level of Consciousness....................
78
What Comes Next?............................................................
83
Bigger Realities.................................................................
89
Small World........................................................................
94
Telling Stories....................................................................
98
Community as Surrender.................................................
102
“Boomeritis”....................................................................
106
The West Wing (or, “What is True?”)............................
110
Intuition.............................................................................
114
Innocence..........................................................................
118
Click!.................................................................................
122
The State of the Union.....................................................
128
Meteors............................................................................
132
Voices................................................................................ 135
Grasping............................................................................
138
My Little Town.................................................................
142
The Power of Words.........................................................
146
Gimme That Ole Time Photography................................
152
Assignment........................................................................
156
Mindfulness as Larger Mind............................................
159
An Opportunity to Feel.....................................................
165
Perspective........................................................................
168
The Big Picture.................................................................. 173
Ego and Self....................................................................... 175
Prejudice............................................................................
180
Saving Daylight................................................................. 186
Music for Non-Musicians.................................................
189
Cycles of Transcendence.................................................. 192
Commitment......................................................................
196
Who’s in Control Here?.................................................... 200
Analogue............................................................................
204
Concert for George...........................................................
207
Are We Connected?..........................................................
210
Taboo is a Right-Brain Activity........................................
215
The Marriage Bond...........................................................
219
Perceptions and Reality....................................................
226
On Seeking Truth..............................................................
230
Music, Poetry and Meaning.............................................
234
“Pay Attention!”................................................................
239
The Head and the Heart....................................................
243
Sleeping Beauty.................................................................
248
Being Lifted Out of the Ordinary..................................... 250
Gene Hackman as President?..........................................
254
You Don’t Understand Us.................................................
258
Beauty and Spirit...............................................................
264
Missing Pieces...................................................................
268
What is Art?.......................................................................
272
Music as Language............................................................
276
The Geometry of Spring....................................................
280
“The West Wing” Turning Right?....................................
283
A Rant on Religion............................................................
287
No, the Computer Isn’t Smarter than I Am!.....................
291
The Conundrum of Human Nature...................................
295
The Joy of Science............................................................
300
Cultural Genes..................................................................
304
Habits................................................................................
308
If I Should Die Before I Wake …....................................
312
An Alchemy of Telling......................................................
316
Deep Playmate..................................................................
320
Runaway World.................................................................
324
Beauty and Promise..........................................................
330

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