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Month: February 2012

Archetypal Map of the Daimon

Archetypal Map of the Daimon

  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…

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Mirror Image

Mirror Image

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…

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An Authentic Life

An Authentic Life

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…

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Soul And Creation

Soul And Creation

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…

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Fog

Fog

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…

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Henry Corbin and the Archetypal Realm

Henry Corbin and the Archetypal Realm

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…

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Are We Real?

Are We Real?

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…

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Other Worlds

Other Worlds

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…

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Daymares

Daymares

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…

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Cthonic Awakening

Cthonic Awakening

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…

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