Three Lessons by Robert Magrisso

1. Three Lessons

By Robert Magrisso / November 18, 2020 / Comments Off on 1. Three Lessons

I came back to the hospital after office hours just to tell Seana the operative findings. As her general internist, I knew there was no real need for me to tell her, as she would be just coming out of general anesthesia and was, technically, on the surgery service. But I felt that I should. This would be her fourth major surgery to try and defeat the inexorably metastasizing colon cancer.

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Continuity by Robert Magrisso

2. Continuity

By Robert Magrisso / November 17, 2020 / Comments Off on 2. Continuity

She’d been preoccupied with death for several years now; but one aspect had never before crossed her mind: dying, you don’t get to see how it all turns out. Questions you have asked will go unanswered forever. Will this one of my children settle down? Will that one learn to be happier? Will I ever discover what was meant…

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Robert Magrisso The God of Spinoza

3. The God of Spinoza

By Robert Magrisso / November 16, 2020 / Comments Off on 3. The God of Spinoza

“We can survive death to the extent that we have already let go of our singular solitary selves… Immortality, for Spinoza, is impersonal. I survive my necessary death to the extent that I have ceased identifying with the mere thing that I am, and identify with the whole intricate web I have assimilated into knowing…” I…

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Light in Dark Places

By Robert Magrisso / November 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Light in Dark Places

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” — Neils Bohr What follows is a true story. Though the experience is personal, it involves that most universal of all experiences, death. It is the “dark place” in the title. By…

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Night Sky Theology

By Robert Magrisso / November 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Night Sky Theology

A Personal Approach To The Integration Of The Scientific Worldview And Spiritual Life Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway Between these two trees, and it never winds down. Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;…

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Robert Magrisso Mystical Death and Deconstruction

4. Mystical Death, Divine Union and Deconstruction of the Self

By Robert Magrisso / November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on 4. Mystical Death, Divine Union and Deconstruction of the Self

If I look objectively at my body, I see that it is made of cells, which are made of atoms. These atoms have been elsewhere before they were me. They were part of the food I ate, the water I drank, the air I breathed. Of course, what I call “food” were once (mostly) living…

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Robert Magrisso Reverie At Antelope Ruins, Canyon De Chelly

6. Reverie At Antelope Ruins, Canyon De Chelly

By Robert Magrisso / November 11, 2020 / Comments Off on 6. Reverie At Antelope Ruins, Canyon De Chelly

Sitting on the rock mantle, moon up ahead, vast canyon below, bottom layer 250 million years old: We are little bursts of life in the well of space-timeformed by our pebble in the cosmos and our nuclear furnace-star/sun. Human history is the history of small mammals with extraordinary potential. Is there a Divine Hand in…

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Robert Magrisso Mostly Space

7. (mostly) Space

By Robert Magrisso / November 10, 2020 / Comments Off on 7. (mostly) Space

“When a relaxed spirit meditates and dreams… the mind sees and continues to see objects, while the spirit finds the nest of immensity in the object.” If we were to look with finer detail into that which perceive as “matter”, we would see it to be mostly space. Atomic physicists long ago learned that the…

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8. The Big Bang, Science, Death, and the Unknown

By Robert Magrisso / November 9, 2020 / Comments Off on 8. The Big Bang, Science, Death, and the Unknown

Suddenly, Einstein lifted his head, looked upward at the clear skies and said: “We know nothing about it all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of school children.” “Do you think we shall ever probe the secret?” “Possibly we shall know a little more than we now know, but…”

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Robert Magrisso Inpatient Hospice Rounds

9. Inpatient Hospice Rounds

By Robert Magrisso / November 8, 2020 / Comments Off on 9. Inpatient Hospice Rounds

This has been my first weekend covering the inpatient hospice unit. I suppose that I secretly hoped for a place of ecstatic mystical death, but this has been more like death–row than St. Theresa of Avila.

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