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Month: January 2012

Becoming the Real You

Becoming the Real You

Photo by James K. Lindsey What exactly does it mean “to become?” It is change, of course, activity, movement from one state to another. It is a flower closed that turns and opens to the rays of the sun. It is the metamorphosis of a moth into a brilliant butterfly. We can’t help but become. We are constantly changing. Do we need to worry and wring our hands about the future, if becoming is continuously occurring, anyway? If the saying,…

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Can We Know the Meaning of Life?

Can We Know the Meaning of Life?

I realize I’ve been discussing meaning in other articles, namely in my Giegerich commentaries, but I thought I would jot down a few passing thoughts before they flit out of my head. Meaning is a very nebulous topic. Some of us claim we are searching for “meaning in life,” or the lofty “meaning of life.” This sounds very nice, spiritual, and important. But do we really think about what we’re saying? Are we saying we want to translate life’s puzzlements…

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Musings On Atoms, Images, And Monads

Musings On Atoms, Images, And Monads

  Democritus believed the soul is composed of globular atoms of fire. Referring to Democritus, Aristotle wrote, Some say that what originates movement is both preeminently and primarily soul; believing that what is not itself moved cannot originate movement in another, they arrived at the view that soul belongs to the class of things in movement. This is what led Democritus to say that soul is a sort of fire or hot substance; his ‘forms’ or atoms are infinite in…

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The Rejected Woman: A Jungian Take on Hamlet

The Rejected Woman: A Jungian Take on Hamlet

The human experience is one of fragmentation. We are dichotomous creatures in a state of disintegration. We have within us both good and evil, love and hate, cruelty and compassion, temperance and excess. We have the ability to experience both pain and pleasure, depression and elation, fear and courage. As Hamlet said, ” ’tis an unweeded garden” (1.2.135), that is, the world is like an Eden overcome with weeds.  Using the model of humans as micrcocosms, one could also interpret…

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The Vision

The Vision

Through the imagination man has access to the Gods: through the memoria the Gods enter our lives (James Hillman, Myth Of Analysis, page 180). Imaginatio is the Star in Man, the Celestial or Supercelestial Body (A Lexicon of Alchemy, by Martin Rulandus). Living with the images from a vast storehouse seems god-like. When we access the imaginal realm and its treasure of images, we have scaled Mount Olympus and are communing with the Gods. One of the most significant characteristics…

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Soul Is Imagination

Soul Is Imagination

There seem to be two types of imagination. One is called daydreaming, where one intentionally forms a mental image of something. The other, however, brings forth images spontaneously. This type of imagining seems to be similar to what Jung called active imagination. This is what occurs in dreams and when we enter dreams, allowing them to take whatever shape they want. Soul is imagination.  Soul is vulnerable and suffers; it is passive and remembers. It is water to the spirit’s…

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Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula is the alchemical process of “dissolve and congeal.” This is a very interesting metaphor for me, since I’ve been discussing the Metaxy, this idea of a middle-region between opposites. I came across this alchemical notion again in the past few days and really connected with it. Some alchemists believe that Soul can become disconnected and lost. It can either be trapped in matter or it can be so high in the ethereal that it is totally ineffectual….

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Perpetual Motion Machine

Perpetual Motion Machine

  Marsilio Ficino’s idea of Soul includes this thought from his commentary on Plato’s Phaedrus: The soul is self-moving; so it is the principle of motion; so it is always being moved; so it is immortal. Thus begins his commentary on Socrates’ argument of the immortality of the soul in the Phaedrus 245c-246a. The syllogism is easily understood and works fine if the basic premise is accepted. That is not, however, what I want to deal with. I want to…

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Insects

Insects

  The door swung open noisily, as if the answers were riding on molten wings. In the cold blackness within, I saw the key to the abyss lying on a golden nous. When I exhaled, it vibrated eerily, its voice loud and strong. It glowed a brilliant emerald green, indicating the time was at hand. The dawn was coming, but I dared not speak the words I knew should be spoken. I merely listened to the colors which emanated from…

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The Call Of Hades

The Call Of Hades

 I’ve recently reread James Hillman’s book, Dream And The Underworld. It is a truly fascinating work. It’s one of those books that bears reading over and over, for its ideas are very profound. I am most interested in Hillman’s thoughts on Hades and Death. Specifically, I would like to focus on what Hillman refers to as, “the call to Hades” (page 31). He states: Because his realm was conceived as the final end of each soul, Hades is the final…

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