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Month: June 2012

The Slaying of the Minotaur

The Slaying of the Minotaur

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…

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Rhizomal Soul

Rhizomal Soul

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…

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Different Forms of Matter

Different Forms of Matter

  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,…

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All Things Are Full of Gods

All Things Are Full of Gods

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…

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The Rise of Immanence

The Rise of Immanence

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…

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Giordano Bruno Was Not a Pantheist

Giordano Bruno Was Not a Pantheist

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…

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The Paradox of Soul

The Paradox of Soul

  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…

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Soul of the Universe

Soul of the Universe

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…

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Soul Spelunking

Soul Spelunking

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…

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The Fall of the Transcendent Hierarchies

The Fall of the Transcendent Hierarchies

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….

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Pantheism and Panentheism

Pantheism and Panentheism

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…

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Artifical Intelligence and the Living Universe

Artifical Intelligence and the Living Universe

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…

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The Curse of Time

The Curse of Time

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…

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The Gnosis of Anima Mundi

The Gnosis of Anima Mundi

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…

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My Last Days in Asheville

My Last Days in Asheville

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…

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