Soul Spelunker

Exploring the caverns and grottoes of Soul.

Monthly Archives : July 31, 2012

Bruno and the Cosmic Mind

Uncategorized / July 31, 2012 / 2 Comments

Blick auf den Genfer See, 1852, August Ludwig Erhard Boll (1805–1875) We cannot discuss Giordano Bruno’s theory of matter without including how it is related to his idea of a cosmic mind. Inundated by the overwhelming complexity of emerging patterns in Nature, Bruno refused to adopt the position that all was brought about by chance. In this, he would have agreed with Albert Einstein, who rejected the argument of Niels Bohr and the probabilistic theories of quantum mechanics. Bruno rejected the theological doctrine of creatio ex nihilo, creation of a perfect universe out of nothing. However, Bruno did accept that the Universe had been brought about by unparalleled Intelligence, a …..

Share Button
Read Article

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

Uncategorized / July 28, 2012 / 2 Comments

Beard, William Holbrook ~ Phantom Crane, 1891, oil on canvas This spirit, being persistent along with matter and these being the one and the other indissoluble, it is impossible that anything should in any respect see corruption or come to death, in its substance, although in certain accidents everything changes face, and passes now into one composition, now into another, through now one disposition, now another, leaving off or taking up now this now that existence. Aristotelians, Platonists, and other sophists have not understood what the substance of things is. In natural things that which they call substance, apart from matter, is pure accident. When we know what form really …..

Share Button
Read Article

Musings On Consciousness

Uncategorized / July 28, 2012 / No Comments

Singularity Utopia What is consciousness? It is the state of being aware. For example, we are conscious of ourselves as Ego. Many times, we are unconscious (unaware) that we are also Shadow, Mother, Father, Wise Old Man, Child, and many others. These are archetypes of the unconscious. Most humans are not aware of themselves as being these Persons (and They are Persons). What is the origin of consciousness? How do we become aware of unconscious things? First of all, we must not reify consciousness. It is a state, not a Being in and of itself. It is a quality of Being. Many times, we tend to talk about “the unconscious” …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Unus Mundus

archetypal / July 26, 2012 / 4 Comments

When he created the concept of synchronicity, Jung laid a foundation which might lead us to see the complementary realms of psyche and matter as one reality. … Synchronistic events … seem to point towards a unitary aspect of existence which transcends our conscious grasp and which Jung has called the unus mundus (Psyche and Matter, by Marie Louise von Franz). Jung’s idea of synchronicity involves an acausal interconnectedness that is meaningful between matter and Soul.  This idea of the unus mundus, one world, is exactly what I’ve been discussing concerning Giordano Bruno’s theory of matter, how Soul permeates every iota of the atomic structure of our Universe. Jung may …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Importance of an Optimistic View of Matter

archetypal / July 25, 2012 / No Comments

Big Reichenbach, by JMW TurnerIn my article, Two Kinds of Gnosticism, I distinguish between a pessimistic Gnosticism and an optimistic Gnosticism. We are most familiar with the pessimist type, the kind that portrays matter as a prison for the Soul. In this view, matter, including the human body, is tainted with evil. It is sinful and in need of redemption. This view is to be rejected. Matter, including the human body, is divine. God permeates every fiber of our being and that of the material world. The word “matter” has its origins in the Latin word, mater, which means “mother.” Matter is the Mother of all corporeality, the womb from …..

Share Button
Read Article

Bruno’s Theory of Matter

Uncategorized / July 22, 2012 / 2 Comments

Terrasse sur le lac Majeur, by Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny This will be the first of several articles on Bruno’s theory of matter and the cosmic mind. They are more my personal notes than formal essays.  Giordano Bruno formulated the most impressive theory of matter of any European philosopher, perhaps to this day. Using only his powers of speculation, Bruno formulated an amazingly powerful ontological theory that rejected Platonic dualism in favor of a strict monistic view of the universe. Of course, as any good philosopher, Bruno stood on the shoulders of the giants who preceded him. He synthesized ideas from the Presocratics, Stoics, Nicholas of Cusa, and others to create …..

Share Button
Read Article

Aurora, A Tragedy of Soul

Uncategorized / July 20, 2012 / 4 Comments

Old Man Grieving, by Vincent Van Gogh When I think of Aurora, I always think of the Roman goddess of dawn. After today, that beautiful image will be forever marred in the Psyche. The same kind of thing occurred with the wonderful image of the Columbine (from Latin columba “dove”), that indescribably lovely flower that flourishes at higher altitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. After April 20, 1999, the image metamorphosed into two insane monsters with guns. Today, something occurred in Aurora, Colorado, that should have never occurred. Yet again, a crazed gunman robbed the precious lives of innocent people and wounded dozens more at a movie theater. Every time something …..

Share Button
Read Article

Psychological Ideas

Uncategorized / July 20, 2012 / No Comments

As a precursor to this article, it is suggested you read my articles, Ficino’s Idea of Soul and More on Ficino’s Idea of Soul. Just as a hammer “hammers” or a shovel “shovels,” a Soul “souls.” In other words, Psyche psychologizes. Soul is inextricably linked to its ideas, or its ideation. There is no separation between the action and the ideation of Soul. We have been conditioned to think that action and ideation are two distinct phenomena, but this is just a product of our old nemesis, Descartes, and his mind/body dualism. Soul has its own distinct kind of ideas, i.e. the kind that enhance and further Soul’s self-reflection, thus …..

Share Button
Read Article

Success and the Acorn

Uncategorized / July 17, 2012 / No Comments

We hear so much about success! So many of us are striving for it, dressing up for it, climbing it’s ladder, hoping to attain it, aspiring for it, and a host of other upwardly mobile metaphors. On the web, there are personal development resources, life coaches, entrepreneurial tool kits, resources galore! And who doesn’t want to be successful in life, have “things,” be affluent, be respected. Success is certainly a worthy goal. But is wealth, fame, and honor what makes a person a success? As one approach, we could take the Jesus route and talk about how difficult it is for a rich person to go through the eye of …..

Share Button
Read Article

Two Kinds Of Gnosticism

Uncategorized / July 15, 2012 / No Comments

Author Peter J. French writes,  The texts themselves actually outline two opposing ways of achieving gnosis. ‘Optimist’ gnosticism accepts the universe as divine; God reveals himself in everything, and through his intellect, man can become like God in order to comprehend him. By a religious approach to the universe and by inscribing a representation of the universe within his own mens, man can ascend and unite with god. ‘Pessimist’ gnosticism, on the other hand, rejects the world as evil, and the material aspects of man and the universe are regarded as being a form of divine punishment” (Peter French, Dr John Dee. ‘The World of an Elizabethan Magus’, RKP, London …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Epoch of Soul

Uncategorized / July 14, 2012 / 6 Comments

We are living in a remarkable time. After having seen the rise of materialism and scientism since the seventeenth century, the pendulum of the world has swung back in the opposite direction. Our culture, even though it is still very materialistic and egocentric, has still managed to begin to think more holistically and soulfully. The experience  and knowledge of Soul has become more widespread. People understand much more now about Soul than ever before in human history. Also, we have made great strides in the advancement of ethical treatment of those who were always considered throwaways in former days. These are signs that we have, indeed, entered what I call …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Paracelsan Slip

Uncategorized / July 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

Alchemy may have greatly influenced Descartes when he drove a wedge between matter and psyche with his formulation of cogito ergo sum. Carl Jung believed that when the alchemists equated Christ with the lapis philosophorum, it “had the effect of channeling the religious numen into physical nature and ultimately into matter itself…” (Psychology and Alchemy, p. 227). By projecting the numinous reality into physika, matter became something to be understood at all cost. Thus, the seed of modern science was planted and would soon flourish in the coming centuries.  Matter was viewed by the alchemists as containing the lumen naturae, the Light of Nature, or, as the Bible calls him, …..

Share Button
Read Article

Are Dreams Shadows? Part II

Uncategorized / July 11, 2012 / No Comments

James Hillman writes, According to Plato (Sophist 266c), dream images are comparable with shadows, “when dark patches interrupt the light,” leading us to see a kind of “reflection,” “the reverse of the ordinary direct view.” This useful analogy presents dreams as dark spots, the lacunae or ab-senses of the dayworld, where the dayworld reverses itself or converts its sense to metaphorical significance. This is not merely the dayworld repeated in a thinner silhouette of two dimensions. Like any visual shadow, these images shade in life, giving it depth and twi-light, duplicity, metaphor. The scene in a dream (the root of the word scene is akin to skia, “shadow”) is a …..

Share Button
Read Article

Are Dreams Shadows? Part I

Uncategorized / July 9, 2012 / 2 Comments

I came across some interesting notes I had scribbled down some years ago. I had misplaced the notebook and just came across it. I think some daimonic reality wanted me to think about it. The notes concerned a particular section of Plato’s dialogue, The Sophist. Theaetetus and a Stranger are discussing, basically, a theory of art which distinguished between  so-called “real things” and images or “image-making.” Here is the particular section my notes pertained to: Stranger We know that we and all the other animals, and fire, water, and their kindred elements, out of which natural objects are formed, are one and all the very offspring and creations of God, do …..

Share Button
Read Article

Unconscious Knowledge

Uncategorized / July 8, 2012 / No Comments

Throwing off the shackles of traditional thinking has its tradeoffs. One must accept the awesome responsibility of the uncertainty one faces when left adrift in a sea of inexactitude. How am I certain I am on the right road? How am I certain, for instance, that Love is the true path? And how do I know that peace among nations is the best policy? Is it simply because that is what appears to be the most desirable state of affairs? I don’t think so. I am certain that the way of Love and Peace is the way of Truth. The question is epistemological: how do I know this? First, I …..

Share Button
Read Article

A Communion of Images

archetypal / July 8, 2012 / 1 Comment

…when I watch a performer, I don’t know what image he or she is perceiving. But, the fascinating thing is, as long as I perceive that person perceiving, I will fill in my own image. My imagination will take hold of my perceiving that person perceive and do it’s own thing, seeing around to the hidden side of that performer’s psyche. My own psyche meets that person’s psyche and fills in the image. We create a communion of images, which need not be identical. That’s the fun part – I fill in my own images and make the experience personal (which takes me back to anima, the archetype of personal, …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Irreducibility of Images

Uncategorized / July 8, 2012 / 2 Comments

Remember Democritus’ theory of the atom? The Greek word, atomos, means “indivisible.” Democritus stated correctly that matter is composed of these units we call atoms, but they are certainly not indivisible, as we have seen in nuclear physics research. I have this idea I’ve been ruminating on. I think that an image in the imagination is a better example of something that is indivisible and irreducible.  Indivisibility will only occur if we see atoms as images, since the image of an atom is what is truly indivisible. Is this dualistic? Not if we assert that everything is image. Since everything is image, everything is, in this regard, indivisible, but only …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Democratization of Imagination

Uncategorized / July 7, 2012 / No Comments

We must descend fully into the real, messy world, and not stop short of the real individuals who make it up. We get so constricted! So many are afraid to think about the world because only Scientists can do that. So many are afraid of their innate creativity because that is the realm of Artists. But anyone can experience the thrill that accompanies the new ways of seeing that lie at the heart of scientific discovery, anyone can write, or paint, or make music. And yet we mostly don’t. Because, “I’m too busy . . . I’m not smart enough, I’m not good enough, I can’t really dance, or sing, …..

Share Button
Read Article

A Critique of the Spiritual Ascent

Uncategorized / July 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

Photo by Melburnian Spiritual discussion is tightly bound to the idea of an ascent. In Christianity, especially, we have resurrection and eternal life, an upward movement toward God, who sits in his heaven, far above us sinful mortals. We must offer supplication to the Almighty, prayers which glide gently upward like smoke from a fire. This is what a priest’s censer symbolizes during Mass. The fragrance of the incense rises to the anthropomorphic nostrils of God as an offering. Western life is a panoply of ascensions. We strive for success, to be the top dog, top of the heap, climb the corporate ladder, be the big man on campus, rise …..

Share Button
Read Article

The Internet is a Projection of Soul

Uncategorized / July 5, 2012 / 3 Comments

image by John Clark There are those who claim there can be no change in consciousness without a corresponding change in technology. The rise of the Internet has shown this to be true yet once again in the saga of humankind. Similar in scope to the invention of the printing press around 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg, the Internet has literally transformed the way we live, work, and play. The printing press contributed greatly to the democratization of human knowledge on a worldwide scale. The Internet has taken this to a new level never before imagined. One of the most influential occurrences in human history has been the development of so-called …..

Share Button
Read Article

Imaginal Metaphysics

archetypal / July 4, 2012 / 6 Comments

Eternity by Ismael Nery (1900-1934) I’ve been doing some reading today of eighteenth century Italian philosopher, Giambattista Vico. His magnum opus, Scienza Nuova, or New Science, was published in 1725. The primary reason why I am looking into Vico is because of an idea he talks about in New Science that can change our world. He writes, …as rational metaphysics teaches that man becomes all things by understanding them (homo intelligendo fit omnia), this imaginative metaphysics shows that man becomes all things by not understanding them (homo non intelligendo fit omnia) and perhaps the latter proposition is truer than the former, for when man understands he extends his mind and …..

Share Button
Read Article