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Monthly Archives : June 30, 2012

The Slaying of the Minotaur

archetypal / June 30, 2012 / 2 Comments

We are all linked together in a Psychic-mesh by common instinctual motifs, “mental forms whose presence cannot be explained by anything in the individual’s own life and which seem to be aboriginal, innate, and inherited shapes of the human mind” (C.G. Jung). Jung called these “archetypes of the collective unconscious.” The claim that these motifs exist among all cultures has been much heralded by Joseph Campbell, author of many books on comparative mythology. Campbell presents strong inductive evidence for the existence of the archetypes. As one example, the figure of a mother goddess exists in the mythology of many diverse cultures, even those separated by vast oceans. The collective unconscious …..

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Rhizomal Soul

Uncategorized / June 28, 2012 / 2 Comments

One aspect of the rise of immanence in our world is the recognition that Soul is rhizomal. A rhizome of course, is “a plant stem that grows horizontally under or along the ground and often sends out roots and shoots. New plants develop from the shoots; also called rootstalk, rootstock” (The Free Dictionary). The Greek word, rhizoma, literally means, “mass of roots.” This is a beautiful metaphor of Soul. Nature always provides us the best images. The movement of the World Soul is horizontal. World Soul is a living organism that grows horizontally underground and propels its beautiful shoots toward the Light. Did you ever wonder why so-called “underground” art …..

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Different Forms of Matter

archetypal / June 27, 2012 / No Comments

  Drowned women, by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 – 1939) According to the alchemists, the products of our imagination are not immaterial, vaporous phantoms, but are something corporeal, having a “subtle body” all their own. The alchemists were realizing that the philosophers’ stone was a subtle energy body, a super-celestial body, the “star” in humanity, which is the interface between mind and matter. The imaginal, subtle body is a transcendental idea that is neither purely physical nor spiritual, but rather, is a hybrid in that it partakes in, encompasses and is comprised of both the spiritual and material. The subtle body is both the same as and different from each …..

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All Things Are Full of Gods

Uncategorized / June 24, 2012 / No Comments

Thales is credited with being the first Greek philosopher. He did not believe the animating principle in all things is separate from Nature. He did not refer to a supernatural, mythological  entity to explain natural phenomena. In this, he was a materialist, but not the sort we are accustomed to. Thales proposed the arche to be water. He believed water to be the cause of all things. I have read many speculative treatises as to what Thales meant. Most of them seem to literalize his statement, as if he were a modern scientist. We should examine statements from this period in a mythopoeic manner, seeing that the Greeks at this …..

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The Rise of Immanence

archetypal / June 23, 2012 / 11 Comments

This should be read after reading my article, The Fall of the Transcendent Hierarchies. As we already know, cultural paradigms based on an underlying philosophical framework of transcendence, of which there is no better example than Western culture, are decaying rapidly and will eventually give way to a paradigm of immanence. My attention was drawn to this fact from reading the blog, On Self-Realization, authored by Dr. Jennifer Lilla. She has written some wonderful articles there which describe the matter very well. I highly recommend reading her work. Here is one example:It is only now that it is emerging everywhere, blossoming forth. This new paradigm is all around us. It …..

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Giordano Bruno Was Not a Pantheist

archetypal / June 18, 2012 / 4 Comments

Because of Giordano Bruno’s assertion that God is immanent in the Universe, most commentators have claimed he was surely a pantheist, or at least a panentheist. The Roman Catholic Inquisitors called him an atheist, since that was the term used in those days to describe what we now call a pantheist. Bruno remained free of these by repeatedly claiming that God is not accessible to the rational human mind. Bruno, along with Nicholas of Cusa, posited the via negativa (apophatic),“as the only possible non-mystical cognitive approach to God (The Acentric Labyrinth, by Ramon G. Mendoza). Bruno adhered to an anti-Neoplatonic cosmology, but seemed to embrace a Neoplatonic theology (ibid.). He …..

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The Paradox of Soul

archetypal / June 18, 2012 / No Comments

  I am satisfied in my thinking that everything in the Universe is Soul, from the tiniest reality of the quantum world to the largest star and galaxy, it is all Soul. This is not a new idea. Pythagoras spoke these words at the dawn of Western philosophy:All have souls, all is soul, wandering in the organic world and obeying eternal will or law.There is nothing that is without Soul. This is the assertion put forth by mystics for thousands of years. For my own learning, however, I must ask the question, “Does the statement, ‘all is soul’, infer there are no individual Souls?”  I don’t think so. I think …..

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Soul of the Universe

Uncategorized / June 16, 2012 / No Comments

I have written much on the Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World. Our world is not, however, the only world in the infinite universe. An infinite universe posits an infinite number of worlds. Just as the Anima Mundi is intertwined with our precious world, so must there be an infinite number of World Souls. Or is there a Soul of the Universe that intertwines with all worlds — the Anima Universi? This is, of course, more Brunian theory. Giordano Bruno was revolutionary in that he realized a proper view of atomism (which he adopted from Leucippus and his student Democritus) did not require that matter have an external cause, …..

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Soul Spelunking

Uncategorized / June 15, 2012 / No Comments

Domica Cave, by JoJo I am a Soul spelunker. Hopefully, you are too. If you have always been fascinated by things below the surface, you may be a Soul spelunker and don’t even realize it. People that explore caves are probably projecting their unconscious need for Soul exploration into their caving. Think of it, there is mystery, danger, and priceless treasure to be discovered in the world below. When I was a child, I loved Jules Verne’s book, Journey to the Center of the Earth. What a story!  If examined with Soul in mind, it is a treasure trove of knowledge. The entire journey is comparable to Dante’s Inferno in …..

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The Fall of the Transcendent Hierarchies

Uncategorized / June 15, 2012 / 2 Comments

Trois Nus, by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Individuals are beginning to question the well established transcendent hierarchy. The cultural institutions and their inhabitants, whom demand respect for their transcendent position, are loosing their hold on power. And the multiplicity of voice is now growing louder. The internet is providing a means for the equalization of expression and knowledge. Thought, opinion, self-expression and art pour forth from individuals all around the world, day and night: a continual flow and flux of perspective. Within this world-wide-web concepts emerge, take root and blossom without having to move through the previously preordained channels of ascent and acceptance (The Culture of Immanence, by Dr. Jennifer Lilla). …..

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Pantheism and Panentheism

Uncategorized / June 12, 2012 / 5 Comments

By Konstantin Fyodorovich Bogaevsky (1872–1943) Philosophers usually love abstract concepts and the categorization and systematization  of ideas. There is something about the way their minds work that nudges them in this direction. I have always disdained labeling and systematizing of ideas into this or that camp. I refuse to call myself a Jungian, a Hermeticist, a theist, an atheist, etc. because I see this as limiting imagination and reason. I don’t think it is inconsistent when I contradict myself by asserting two seemingly contrary ideas. There is much truth in paradox. One must attempt to transcend the typical polarities and adhere to the tension of the opposites. Jung certainly believed …..

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Artifical Intelligence and the Living Universe

Uncategorized / June 11, 2012 / No Comments

Photo by tenaciousme from Tokyo, Japan I believe the Universe and everything in it are alive. There is nothing that is not animated by Soul. Down to the tiniest subatomic particle, Soul infuses all things with life. The concept of “inanimate objects” is an oxymoron. The universal intellect is the innermost, most real and most proper faculty or potential part of the world soul. It is that one and the same thing that fills everything, illuminates the universe and directs nature to produce her various species suitably (Giordano Bruno, Cause, Principle, and Unity, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1998, pg 37). For Bruno, there was no doubt in his mind that …..

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The Curse of Time

Uncategorized / June 9, 2012 / 3 Comments

Sweet child of innocence Living in the present tense Father Time will take his toll Rack your body and steal your soul What became of all the years Are you drowning in your tears Who will catch you when you fall Who will hear you when you call (Lyrics from Child of Innocence, by Kansas (Masque, 1975) I am convinced that the manner in which we perceive Time in our current evolutionary stage is a malignant cancer, eating away at Soul. The fact is, we are infinite beings. When we enter this material plane, our eternality is constrained and limited by Time. Time is a characteristic of our perception of …..

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The Gnosis of Anima Mundi

Uncategorized / June 4, 2012 / No Comments

The World Soul has agents, those who will heed Her voice and bring forth, synchronistically, knowledge that is important to the world at a particular time in history. Simultaneously, because of the principle of correspondence, this knowledge has corollary relevance for the human Soul.  As above, so below. The example has already been given in The Acentric Soul of the Brunian Revolution and how it foreshadowed the infinite, acentric, and polytheistic nature of the human Psyche in Analytical and Archetypal Psychology. I propose that every major scientific breakthrough in the history of the human race has a correlation in the human Soul. We have already seen this truth manifested after …..

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My Last Days in Asheville

Uncategorized / June 2, 2012 / No Comments

As much as I hated it, I had to leave Asheville yesterday to return to our wonderful (euphemism for boring) home. Back here, there are very few really cool people who are in touch with Nature and Soul, unlike Asheville. If you happen to be an inhabitant of that amazing city, I tip my hat to you. You have transformed an old mundane southern city into an incredibly vibrant modern metropolis. We spent some our remaining time at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, which was very cool. I took many more pictures to add to my Appalachian nature collection. For lunch, we ate at a decent Mexican restaurant called Papa’s and …..

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The Acentric Soul

Uncategorized / June 1, 2012 / No Comments

As we know, Giordano Bruno was handed over to Rome’s secular authorities by the Roman Catholic Church, to be burned to death, mainly because of the revolutionary nature of his cosmological theories. The suggested story given by the Inquisition was that the sentence handed down was due to his theological heresy, but this is doubtful. The Church wanted to quash the Brunian movement because they knew how devastating Bruno’s ideas were to the edifice of the Church. Eventually, they led to a scientific revolution anyway. Rome wanted no part of any new revelations that would throw doubt on the doctrinal decisions they had made since the inception of the Church. …..

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