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Monthly Archives : February 26, 2012

Archetypal Map of the Daimon

archetypal / February 26, 2012 / 1 Comment

  The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. – C.G. Jung  Each of us is born at a certain moment in time. Since each one of us is a microcosm, the configuration of the heavens at this moment provides us with a unique image that can reveal to us many things about our particular cosmos. Our natal chart is our archetypal map of our life, which can lead us into greater knowledge of Soul. In …..

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Mirror Image

archetypal / February 25, 2012 / 4 Comments

According to Corbin, the human soul is individuated not through the union with a physical body (as in Aristotle) but by becoming a perfectly polished mirror of its angel in a strictly one-to-one relation. We realize our virtual angelicity through a progressive illumination attained on earth; we are called, by right of our origin and if we consent, to an angelomorphosis (Robert Avens, The Subtle Realm: Corbin, Sufism, Swedenborg). Aristotle believed that matter is the principle of individuation, i.e. matter is the point of distinction between individual members of the same infirma species (the lowest species), of which there are many. So, two humans (same species, if one wants to …..

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An Authentic Life

Uncategorized / February 24, 2012 / 1 Comment

There comes a time when soul-making is quite painful. Each person has something they are meant to do in this mortal coil. When that calling cannot be pursued due to the circumstances of life, Soul is deeply despondent. One begins to blame oneself, as if our egoic self could somehow change our lot in life. The worst punishment is to possess a gift and not be able to cultivate it properly. Then one must ask, why even bestow the gift if one is destined to languish in life’s mundanities to the point where the acorn rots on the ground, or is eaten by some hungry animal? In America, we tend …..

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Soul And Creation

Uncategorized / February 15, 2012 / No Comments

Skyscape by Nicholas Roerich The breath-body is not something “spiritual” in our sense of the word. It is character­istic of Western man that he has split apart the physical and the spiritual for epistemological purposes. But these opposites exist together in the psyche and psychology must recognize this fact. “Psychic” means physical and spiritual. The ideas in our text all deal with this “intermediate” world which seems unclear and confused because the concept of psychic reality is not yet current among us, although it expresses life as it actually is. Without soul, spirit is as dead as mat­ter, because both are artificial abstractions; whereas man originally regarded spirit as a …..

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Fog

Uncategorized / February 12, 2012 / No Comments

photo taken by flickr user The Jamoker  I have always loved fog. It’s not so great to drive in when it is very thick, but, otherwise, it’s a beautiful manifestation of Nature. I don’t really know why I am so fond of it, but I have clues. First of all, I see Nature’s metaphors everywhere. For me, our entire world is filled with metaphors. They point to a multiverse that has emanated from Being that is beyond our comprehension. If we follow these, they will lead us to greater insight, into not only our world, but into ourselves, as well. But, I digress; back to fog. I keep hearing the …..

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Henry Corbin and the Archetypal Realm

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Nicholas Roerich “Song of Shambhala” The active Imagination is the preeminent mirror, the epiphanic place of the Images of the archetypal world; that is why the theory of the mundus imaginalis is bound up with a theory of imaginative knowledge and imaginative function–a function truly central and mediatory, because of the median and mediatory position of the mundus imaginalis. It is a function that permits all the universes to symbolize with one another (or exist in symbolic relationship with one another) and that leads us to represent to ourselves, experimentally, that the same substantial realities assume forms corresponding respectively to each universe (for example, Jabalqa and Jabarsa correspond in the …..

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Are We Real?

Uncategorized / February 11, 2012 / No Comments

Painting by Bertil Norén (1889-1934) . . . psychic existence is the only category of existence of which we have immediate knowledge, since nothing can be known unless it first appears as a psychic image. . . To the extent that the world does not assume the form of a psychic image, it is virtually non-existent (C.G. Jung, qtd. in Imagination Is Reality, by Robert Avens, page 34). To hold that “we are not real” means that the reality of persons and every act of consciousness is a reflection of a fantasy-image: for they are the only actual existents that are not reducible to something other than their imagery; only …..

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Other Worlds

Uncategorized / February 11, 2012 / No Comments

painting by TURGO BASTIEN As people who are fascinated by the mind, soul, consciousness, etc, our language is replete with things “inner” and things “outer,” things “internal,” and things “external.” This is a bit confusing to those who are accustomed to thinking in a literal fashion. We are not speaking literally, of course. It is not that speaking in this way is bad. It is simply a limitation of our language. “There is a vast universe within us.” This statement is very true, very inspiring, as long as we are not thinking literally. If this is taken in a thoroughly materialistic fashion, however, it is of no value whatsoever. We …..

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Daymares

Uncategorized / February 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

Can you imagine what it would be like to live without timekeeping devices of any kind, except the sun and moon? Clocks, like other gadgets in our culture, have come to be viewed as absolute necessities. Just think of how we rely on clocks to order our daily lives. It is a rare individual who doesn’t need to know the time. I was on disability for a few years; I really didn’t need to be any particular place at any particular time, but I still had to know when my favorite TV shows came on. It just amazes me how reliant we are on something that is so artificial. Linear …..

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Cthonic Awakening

Uncategorized / February 7, 2012 / No Comments

The following link points to a fascinating article by Vadge Moore entitled, Chthonic: From Beast To Godhead. It’s mind-blowing. Here is a taste: One problem we encounter in the spirituality of this contemporary Western world is a distinct lack of depth or of darkness. Too many people want to immerse themselves in the light and airy, feel-good religions of the New Age movement and refuse to face the dark, evil aspects that have always been part and parcel of all myths and religions. As Moore suggests, “The deepening of religion – making it earthy and chthonic – is one of the greatest challenges facing religion in the West today. Without …..

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The Akashic Records, Memory, & Musings

Uncategorized / February 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

The Akashic Record is a theosophical term referring to an universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. The records are impressed on a subtle substance called akasha (or Soniferous Ether). In Hindu mysticism this akasha is thought to be the primary principle of nature from which the other four natural principles, fire, air, earth, and water, are created. These five principles also represent the five senses of the human being (http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/a/akashic_records.htm). Could what some call the Akashic Records really be the realm of Mnemosyne? There is a Hindu god called Chitragupta who is the keeper of the Akashic Records. You can read more about him here. …..

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The Hollow Earth Myth

Uncategorized / February 7, 2012 / No Comments

I’ve been hearing the stories and theories about a hollow earth since I was a child. How can anyone in our modern technological age believe this is literally true? It does, however, make for a fascinating myth. I had a great time reading Jules Verne’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth many years ago. My imagination was kept quite occupied while I made my own journey to the center of the earth. According to hollow-earth theorists, the earth is, you guessed it, hollow, with the crust being only about eight hundred miles thick. There are, supposedly, two openings, one at either pole. At the center of this crazy, mixed-up …..

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Heidegger and Mnemosyne

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Mnemosyne, daughter of heaven and earth, bride of Zeus, in nine nights becomes the mother of the nine Muses. Drama and music, dance and poetry are of the womb of Mnemosyne, Dame Memory. It is plain that the word means something else than merely the psychologically demonstrable ability to retain a mental representation, an idea, of something which is past. Memory – from Latin memor- mindful- has in mind something that is in the mind- thought. But when it is the name of the Mother of the Muses; “Memory” does not mean just any thought of anything that can be thought. Memory is the gathering and convergence of thought upon …..

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The Magic of Spirals

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  The spiral is a fascinating image. It is a primal symbol in the history of mankind. They have been found carved into rock all over the world and date to the dawn of humanity’s ability to express itself artistically. What were the ancients trying to convey? The spiral can be found in three main forms in Nature: 1) expanding (like the nebula); 2) contracting (like a whirlpool); and 3) ossified (like a Nautilus). We live in a spiral galaxy. The spiral may be the most important form in the universe. The very stuff we’re made of is a spiral, the famous double helix DNA molecule. Imaginally, the spiral possesses tremendous …..

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Deceit, Mendacity, and Manipulation

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Photo by Paul B. Toman Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim. The Christians say ‘you are a sinner’, and you better just zip up your trousers and give the money to the pope and we’ll give you a room up in the hotel in the sky. —Timothy Leary, Timothy Leary’s Last Trip Guilt is one of the primary tools used in our culture to manipulate us, whether it be by so-called religious leaders, politicians, managers, or family members. It is a deep-seated problem in human existence, especially in the Western mindset. These people are ego-driven and want only to fulfil their own …..

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Hendrix As Shaman

Uncategorized / February 7, 2012 / No Comments

Shaman, 1930 oil painting by Arman Manookian  If you’ve read my essay entitled, Hendrix And Heidegger, you know what I’ve already written about Jimi Hendrix, the Heidegerrian-style thinker. In this offering, I would like to present Jimi in his role as shaman. Shaman, according to Witchcraft Terminology, is a word derived from the Tungas language of Siberia, it is a generic term for healers and spiritual leaders in tribal societies. Traditional shamans induced trance states through drums, dancing, ingesting hallucinogens, self-mutilation and deprivation and virtually any means by which one might achieve an altered state of consciousness. While in such a trance, the shaman crosses over into another world to …..

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Imagination Shapes Our Reality

Uncategorized / February 6, 2012 / No Comments

 I’ve been interested in how the mind works most of my life. Early on, I read a lot of books on so-called positive thinking and creative visualization. I did what they told me and became bitter and depressed because things didn’t always work out like I had imagined. I practiced affirmations until I was blue in the face, but usually it was a big disappointment. I figured it was just me. I didn’t have what it took to make it work. But as I look back on those years, I don’t think I realized that things don’t always work out immediately. I was young and impatient. Most of what I …..

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The Rape of Persephone

Uncategorized / February 6, 2012 / 3 Comments

The Rape of Persephone, by Rupert Bunny Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was gathering flowers one day on the plain of Enna with the children of Okeanos. The day was full of sunshine, the hills green with life. Suddenly, while reaching down to pick a narcissus, the ground began to tremble with tremendous force. To her astonishment, she saw a large fissure open beneath her feet. Out of the gaping earth arose Hades, mighty lord of the Underworld, riding a golden chariot. He cracked his whip upon the horses with resounding force. Persephone, stunned, realized she was to be taken down into the depths of the Underworld, realm …..

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The Denial of Death

Uncategorized / February 5, 2012 / No Comments

Yesterday afternoon, I viewed the documentary, Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality. This film deals with ongoing research into the psychological effects of death anxiety on humans and their culture. It follows the theories of Ernest Becker, a cultural anthropologist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for his book, The Denial Of Death. Becker’s theory claims there is a correlation between the fear of death and the violence we inflict on our fellow humans. Basically, unconscious death anxiety is the cause of violent behavior on those people who are different from us; we gravitate towards those who are similar to us. Here is a quote from the Wikipedia …..

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Aletheia & Postmodernism

Uncategorized / February 5, 2012 / No Comments

While trying to catch up on my reading, I was happy to find this wonderful article by our friend, Tapio, over at Aletheia called On Aletheia In A Postmodern World. I’d like to quote a few lines, if I may, that I found to be very meaningful and edifying: . . . for many of us our psyche’s are profoundly not resonant with this easily nihilistically colored view on existence. For many of us there is deep within a sense for more profound knowledge. That sense comes from direct inner experience of the Truth of Being, which is dynamic in its nature, and in this much more than just ‘subjective’ …..

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The Ship of Theseus

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The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned [from Crete] had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.                        —Plutarch Read more here concerning The Ship Of Theseus. I don’t really see the Ship of Theseus as a paradox because I don’t …..

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Ta’wil and the Daimon

Uncategorized / February 4, 2012 / No Comments

We might think of the daimon as the ego of one’s entelechy, the personification within one’s psyche of the higher presence (Jean Houston, A Mythic Life, page 130). . . Many of us have read James Hillman’s wonderful book, Soul’s Code, where he discusses the daimon, along with his acorn theory of Soul (See my essay, Follow Your Star, for my thoughts on the daimon). I’ve always imagined the daimon to be similar to a guardian angel, as in Catholicism. I have learned recently, from reading Tom Cheetham, that this idea is of Zoroastrian origin, and is very prevalent in Sufi mysticism. I have been aware for years that the …..

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