What is Humanism? A naturalistic Way of life dedicated to the cultivation of Human & other sentient beings in the here and now via our compassion, creativity, & reason. A Way of seeing how over 14 billion years of cosmic evolution sings its glory to & through us.
We witness the promise & principles of Humanistic thought throughout all human eras & cultures such as ancient China, Greece, India & parts of Africa , weaving its threads within and without religious, spiritual, & secular traditions. Principles of justice, harmony, ardor for Nature, compassion, reason, doubt, & a relentless pursuit of bettering the human condition. The kaleidoscope of history reveals these truths, be it the humanity and doubt of Lao Tzu or Rosseau concerning the social order of their respective eras, or the insight of a Steven Pinker concerning our remarkable progress in this new age. Humanism is entirely concerned with the here & now sees the magic of reality as devoid of any supernatural origin. The various gods & spirits we create merely mirror the raw, formative power of Nature; power no different in origin than the way the eagle builds its nest in the mountains, or the spider weaving its web in the garden. Yes, marvel at how subtle & mysterious this “everyday ” happening is. What is this vastness? Driving along the road of mystery through the vehicles of the sciences, arts, & humanities; Humanism seeks to cultivate that natural power in accord with our environment & serves as a restoration of natural divinity & dignity. We see as sacred both the spiral dance of the Milky Way and a leaf falling from its branch. We see as sacred as lending an ear and/or hand to any Traveller walking this sojourn.The transience of life affords us not only the opportunity to appreciate how wonderful Being itself is, but also allows us a chance to meet suffering head-on & work to transform it.
In my meditation & clergy work, I’ve been fortunate to witness what is golden & green & what is savagely Crimson. Quarks, gluons, & hope seem to be what holds the human being together, & it is my calling to help us through our respective journies.
In conclusion, I’d be delighted to offer this life-affirming Way of life as a practical way of creating meaning & honoring humanity’s place within our Kosmos. The Dao says “The Human being follows the earth, earth follows the Kosmos, The Kosmos follows the Way, the way follows what is Natural”. I hope that what I’ve offered is enough to help you get lost in the wonder of it all. Thank you.
Yours upon the Way,
An Unknown Kraftsman
Are you frustrated by a lack of creative output in your life? Are you an artist, inventor, or entrepreneur looking to maximize your creativity? I will help you to grow your artistic and humanistic talents. As humanist clergy, I offer holistic support that honors creative souls striving to live their dreams in the here-and-now.
So what is creativity consulting? Creativity consulting is a collaborative process that takes a holistic approach to creating your life as best as possible. What I will do is to boldly and positively address the blocks that get in the way of being more creative. This may involve any number of approaches because the challenges facing each person is the different. Yet, you will find that a friendly ear is often the first step down the path of creative recovery. Together we will develop your ideal life flow help put your creative endeavors 1st. This adds value to your life because you’ll have access to tools and methods that will serve to enhance your creative mission.
Finally, I hope to encourage you to be more creative & one way to do that is to go out and make something! Another way is to retain my services and get moving towards that future calling your name. My services begin at $60 per hour and I offer discounts to students and military veterans. Why not call me today and schedule a FREE consultation? 440-941-7563. (Greater Cleveland Area.)
Yours Upon the Way,
An Unknown Kraftsman
There is a river running from the root of a symphony singing our Kosmos to & through the exit of our next breath. This is the current that conducts our daily flow whether we can taste its deliverance or not. Oftentimes, it saddens me to see that the miraculous nature of existence is often dismissed as mundane because of how we take it for granted. (Many times, I am saddened by how often I fall into this folly too 😅)
I ask you to consider the way the sun spreads its honeycomb of gold, surely stolen from Midas himself, across a field on fire with flowers. Why not consider the dance of a cat winding itself like wire around your ankle. What if you considerered how the breathless phenomena that we call love, no matter the language, transcends our limitations? Daily “nothing’s” such as these emanate from the cosmic seascape flowing below our conscious knowing, even though Its song conducts the movement of our embodied souls.
Calling it Being, Nirvana, Pretty-$@%#^ sweet, etc will do NOTHING to capture the bounty Of the boundless pouring through us. All that is left for us to do is to gape in awe and gasp our ignorance. Right NOW is the flow we know pouring from leaf, thunderstorm, penitent man, murdered tribe, & asteroid collison. All joy, sorrow, & neither spring from a ground so immaculate that it is beyond conception, yet not beyond our witnessing. It seems to me that to be continuously conceived by what we cannot readily perceive is to be clothed in the nakedness of Mystery.
For a briefness of years, I’ve wandered this orbital plane while watching & feeling the swirling of people and planet. This witnessing has ingrained in me the truth of my own ignorance, while simultaneously opening me to to the deeper reaches of awe. This joy is so profound that it has even illumined my life amidst the shadowed reaches of my most destitute moments.
My fellow travelers, the zest that crests through us is right HERE, right NOW. I know it the way I know the cracks in concrete and the finality of my breath as it comes ’round again. I know it the way that there is not really an “I”, only blue sky bleeding through spider webs sprung like silhouettes to capture the light of the day. Walk with me and FEEL the glory that glides right by our face, without a trace .
We are travelled by the river of reality running its course through our bones & dreams; which means we can feel and taste the truth that sight won’t speak. Through my body runs your stories, dreams, & songs; and I am honored to bear witness to how fleeting and forever you are. Thank you.
With You upon the Way,
An Unknown Kraftsman