The Cathars: Christians who believe in Reincarnation, Dualism, and Ascetic Salvation

The Cathars were Christians who broke away from the Catholic church during medieval times. They did not label themselves as “Cathars” — rather, “good men” or “good women” or “good Christians.” The religion was a dualistic and Gnostic movement. Unfortunately, the Catholic church eventually struck back and they died out by the 1200s — whileContinue reading “The Cathars: Christians who believe in Reincarnation, Dualism, and Ascetic Salvation”

Forbidden Knowledge (chapter 7)

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 + recap + timeline “I’m going crazy!” Alice’s mother, who was named Elizabeth, panicked. She was standing in the basement of the church with their leader, “why can’t you give me more of that potion for Alice?” The leader of the cult hadContinue reading “Forbidden Knowledge (chapter 7)”

Mythology Monday ~ Kali

One of my favorite dieties is the Hindu goddess Kali. Misunderstood goddess The ancient Hindu goddess Kali represents death, darkness, and total chaos. Incredibly complex, she is the most misunderstood of all goddesses — it is said that fully understanding Kali is equivalent to transcending fear. Themes of Kali include creation and destruction; violence andContinue reading “Mythology Monday ~ Kali”

Trust & boundaries

Why do we trust the wrong people and distrust the right ones? Why do we put boundaries against those who care, and let down our walls for those who don’t? Why is a teenager more likely to follow what a celebrity endorses while calling their best friend a backstabber? Why do well-educated adults trust everythingContinue reading “Trust & boundaries”