“If we are to be fully human, fully alive and aware, it seems that we must be willing to suffer for our pleasures.”
Suffering is associated with living, just as pain is associated with being alive. We wouldn’t call ourselves human or alive without experiencing these things, but we also wouldn’t say we were living if we were constantly in a state of suffering. The Wheel of Fortune is a reminder that fortune and misfortune cycles throughout our lives. Our control is located in our responses to it…
First, another article is on the way and I’m really going to do my best to make them more frequent. Some articles, like this upcoming one, will be more of a sharing of resources I found intertwined with my own insight on the matter. The next article will briefly discuss The Backwards Law by Alan Watts and how I connect the analysis of it provided by the YouTube channel Pursuit of Wonder with the meaning behind the Wheel of Fortune Card in tarot. So that’s neat!! The other kind of articles I’ll be sharing will be longer and more enriched in research (basically what I’ve been doing). The next one of those is the literary analysis of the first Hermetic Principle.
The next bit of news is that I’ve accepted I’m having a bit of a relapse with my mental health. I’ve been dealing with a work-life imbalance for months now and I’ve finally had to address it to others. The hardest part about this is other people don’t really understand the work I do with Authentikei, so my part-time job doesn’t seem like a big deal compared to a full-time shift. My mental and emotional health makes it very difficult for me to work like the average American that can bust out a 9 to 5 throughout the week (even with all the conditioning I had during childhood lol). That’s why freelance writing is perfect for me. Even though I don’t receive a lot of sympathy and understanding sometimes, I’m grateful my inner truth finally burst through and pointed out my current dilemma. With that being said, I may disappear sometimes, but relapses like these inspire me like you wouldn’t believe, which means more content! I know that messages about regressions in mental health are usually disheartening, but I’m actually sharing this to express happiness. The wheel of fortune is turning.
You’ll know what I mean once I share the article.
Thanks for reading and be well. Take care of yourselves.
So, for over a week now, I’ve been having issues signing into Vocal.Media and accessing my account so I can write more articles. This is due to an update to the website. Since this isn’t really within my control, I am still writing the article on the first Hermetic principle, but if it takes too long for Vocal.Media to fix the issues, I’ll probably post it on the website.
Additionally, finally made a TikTok account (as I was freaking out before in my previous post, heheh) and the purpose of that isn’t really to just goof around. I want to be more transparent with my music making process and with just how I create in general. For those of you interested, my account name is authentikei. Because of the writing issues, I’ll probably focus on music a bit more, but I wish to stay connected with you all, so I hope you do follow. I like sharing my artistry with you.
“This is not your average list of cleansing techniques. You’re not going to be told that these techniques are going to help you “get rid of all the negativity and toxicity in your life.” You’re not going to be offered products that can take care of everything that’s a problem in your life. This is a list of cleansing techniques that also empowers you. We are taking the time to know ourselves, know our environment, and invest in our confidence.”
The seven hermetic principles are very important to study in the field of metaphysics, so I’m assigning myself to do a more thorough study of them.
I tried to write about Hermeticism before and it was…just messy haha. So I’m going to follow through with this for my own sake because I’ve been hoping to incorporate these principles in my novel series somehow.
Additionally, I have another literature article in the works. The reference material is going to be The Secret History by Donna Tartt. More on that soon…
I have been quiet happy with Vocal.Media for the past year and some months I’ve been writing with them. I was really, REALLY, grateful when I discovered them and that gratitude has only expanded from there simply because they LISTEN to their creators and partnered with a secure company (Stripe) that makes sure payments go through safely. Investing in their Founding Member program is worth it. Not only does Vocal.Media push me to trust in my content as a way of making a living as a writer, but I also got myself out of that horrible habit so many of us go through; where we’re half-dreaming.
Half-dreaming is where you’re investing only halfway into your dream. You’re only investing in the dream if it’s completely safe. Is it important to be practical when it comes to fulfilling your dream? Yes. Is waiting until everything is “completely” and “perfectly” safe practical? Honestly…no. It’s not. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it can be very time consuming to just wait until every duck is in a row while the waters are rocky and you’re about to drown in your own self-loathing because you haven’t been able to live the life you want yet. I was telling myself to wait over and over again when new opportunities with Vocal came up or if a new article idea came up. I kept telling myself to “wait” because everything needed to be just right, completely safe. It’s just…ugh. I’m over it.
Anyway, I wanted to announce that. More articles are coming soon. I aspire for my articles to be of higher quality so new and older audiences can enjoy. Hell, even I have to go back and read my articles sometimes because I forget some important things…
Lastly, a big thanks to everyone who reads, who listens, and who sends love and good energy my way. I have so much gratitude for you. I hope that shows when I reply to comments and kind words.
All right, I disappeared for a bit again. I had a busy week and needed a few days to myself. Now to say a few things.
Many thanks to the feedback on my article on Stoker’s Dracula and the Epistolary Narrative. I have the utmost gratitude for those who are sharing it and taking the analysis to heart. If you’d like to share it with fellow writer friends on Facebook, go on ahead and follow Authentikei afterwards.
Yesterday, I did a sketch on the computer and I’m pretty stoked about it. I plan to follow through (if I can get through the dreaded lineart phase…) and make an art page…because why not?
Today, I worked on my horror short story. I really want to start publishing these stories because they’re related to the fantasy world of my novel series. Just because the novel isn’t ready yet doesn’t mean I can’t start sharing my world with others. I’ll make a more thorough post about short story writing another time because I learned something very interesting about my writing mentality while working.
To end on the update, I wanted to talk about my mission statement a bit because these past few days have been a “contemplation coma”. I never stop thinking about…everything and desperately need the platform to express myself and thanks to those of you who have supported my work and followed me, I know I’m not the only one. So I’ve decided, my long term goal will be to make Authentikei a non-profit for my fellow artistic philosophers. I do have a mission and a vision, but the business plan is a work in progress. Not only is this project motivated by my own experiences and my fellow thinkers, but I really am tired of those who feel a strong connection to the humanities and social sciences degrading themselves because it’s not “a career path that makes good money” or whatever people are saying nowadays to put down the studies that value human nature and existentialism. I know America is in such a strange economic crisis (I call it strange because it seems more complicated than it should be…) and I’m not proposing that I have the solution to all of our financial problems, but this is a time we need to support ourselves more than ever.
I believe that’s why we have more websites promoting “patron” programs. Having patrons was a common way to make some money in the past and it’s making a comeback. I’m hoping the platform I create encourages reciprocal support, but not just through finance; support also reinforces us to circulate our work and develop the bravery to express our personal philosophies and have healthy discourse with those who agree, disagree, or are indifferent. Too many of us feel like we’re not being heard or that we don’t have enough of [blank] to do what we love and resolve the internal or external turmoil in life (which is probably why so many of us scream at each other via social media). This patron way of thinking is encouraging us to take a moment to listen and invest some time to really listen to someone then decide from there whether or not we want to invest even more. I just think it’s cool to encourage that kind of unity. The rat race needs to be cancelled so we can be cooperative, authentic, and functional rather than competitive. We’re not there yet, but we’re working towards it. I hope as I continue to express my inner truth and manifest funding through my creativity, that I will be able to give back and support those who need it. I mean receiving and giving back is a thing that already happens! It just doesn’t seem like that…we’re too caught up in our misery…and that’s why I support artistic expression with philosophy. Yes, it’s good that we can be there for each other, but even in a perfect world, dealing with our internal problems is our responsibility.
More to come…
Oh and…I’m wondering about making a paranormal page. Would that be too much? I’m just such a nerd for paranormal instances. Yeah…I can figure out how to infuse the paranormal with philosophy and I bet I’m not alone in that (this is probably how metaphysics came to be even though they are quite different, lol).