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Month: August 2012

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part I

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part I

I have arrived at the point in my thinking where I feel there is a need to, not define, but lay down some groundwork for my particular ideas concerning consciousness, according to Animaterialism. The very fact that we can differentiate between Soul and Spirit, for example, via consciousness is a very interesting thing. Consciousness itself is self-recursive, since we must possess a certain mode of consciousness in order to realize we have consciousness in the first place. Is consciousness synonymous…

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Matter, Forms, and Animatter

Matter, Forms, and Animatter

Photo by José Luis Navarro Lizandra What is matter? Is it simply a physical lump of stuff? Undifferentiated matter (matter that has no form) is a receptacle of forms for all animatter. Matter is prior to animatter because undifferentiated matter has no form until the intelligence of the Cosmic Mind provides it to all phenomenal things. Animatter is ensouled, intelligent matter. All intelligence is animaterial. Matter is undifferentiated; animatter is alive, conscious, and intelligent. …there is an intellect that gives…

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The Story of Animatter

The Story of Animatter

Along the Coast, Alfred Bricher Matter is adventurous. And in some very real sense, the story of…evolution is a story matter tells to itself.  It is a story in which matter communicates the details of its earlier, less organized stages, to its later more organized stages, so that each stage is meaningful – is full of meaning, full of reference to its antecedent conditions. Matter is full of information about its past – about its own structure and dynamics, about…

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Animaterialism

Animaterialism

Catalina Island Coast under a Moonlit Sky, by Granville Redmond We are…left dangling in the paradox of corpsed matter and incorporeal mind – the first dead, insentient and without the possibility of meaning or creativity, the second a ghost, a mere figment or phantasm “squirted out” by chance arrangements of the first. Yet it was precisely this subjective “fiction” that had somehow managed to construct the objective world picture in the first place (Christian de Quincey, Radical Nature, p. 37)….

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Epistemology of Paradox

Epistemology of Paradox

At some point in the progress of thinking, we must move beyond reason to a form of thought that is able to deal with truths that do not conform to the rules of logic. We must formulate a way of knowing that has the ability to deal with paradox. I am not referring to artificial paradoxes, such as the so-called mind-body problem. When we have exhausted our reasoning powers upon a particular paradoxical problem, there is a leap that must…

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The Bridge Between Soul and Spirit

The Bridge Between Soul and Spirit

Chariot of Apollo, by Odilon Redon In my article, Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit, I mentioned an idea that has been on my mind lately. I made the contention that, perhaps, Ego may function as a bridge between Soul and Spirit. In this article, I will attempt to develop this idea to some extent. As I understand it, Ego is simply one of many archetypes of Soul. It is via Ego that we know we are conscious of ourselves and…

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Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit

Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit

  C. G. Jung said that the soul itself is fundamentally oriented toward life–the soul, he said, is the archetype of life–while the search for meaning or the quest for higher consciousness has some other root. The soul finds its home in the ordinary details of everyday life and does not in itself have an urgent need for understanding or achievement. James Hillman, Jung’s unorthodox follower, picks up on Jung’s distinction between soul and spirit, saying that soul resides in…

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The Consciousness of Paradox

The Consciousness of Paradox

As long as we remain within the current dominant paradigm of science–of universal materialism and mechanism–the puzzle of subjectivity will continue to confound us, and we will continue to be troubled by our failed efforts to find value and meaning in the complex dynamics of chaos and emergent order of insentient atoms in the void. If we don’t know how to face the paradoxes they will, sooner or later, manifest as intellectual, psychological, or other systemic pathologies (Radical Nature, Christian…

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The Death of the Ego

The Death of the Ego

Orpheus in the Underworld, by Henryk Siemiradzki (1843–1902) Each night when we drift off into sleep, Ego dies. We enter the Underworld in our dreams. But it is not the Ego that experiences them. It’s kind of like the old childhood story of toys coming to life while their young owner is sleeping. When we fall asleep, in this case, the gods have a field day on the playgrounds of our minds. It is just that this playground is the…

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The Ego and Centralization

The Ego and Centralization

Oil painting by Gerard Prent: “Zonder titel (tuin)” It was once thought the so-called Copernican Revolution ended the Western obsession with the centrality of the Earth. But why did Western thinkers believe the Earth was the center of the universe in the first place? It was because they believed that, since God was incarnated in human form, the Earth must necessarily be the center of the Universe. Giordano Bruno tried to inform them there was no center at all, but…

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Modes of Consciousness

Modes of Consciousness

Photo by Cwawebber We know that Soul permeates all things in the purview of experience. All things are alive, interconnected, and have consciousness. There are, however, different modes of consciousness. A rock, for example, does not have the same mode of consciousness as a human. Nevertheless, the atoms which give a rock its form are just as much alive as those in our bodies. Perhaps these modes have something to do with the atomic numbers of particular elements. I am…

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Anima Materia

Anima Materia

The source of all dualistic concepts is our Western tendency to project onto Nature two distinct substances from what I will call Anima Materia (Soul-Matter). In reality, Anima Materia means that all physical objects are Soulful, undivided and holistic creatures. The concept of “inanimate objects” is oxymoronic. The word, “inanimate,” is to be banished from our language in the Epoch of Soul. Any religion or philosophy that continues to accept the dualistic mindset is anathema to me! Why am I…

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Paracelsus’ Inner Firmament

Paracelsus’ Inner Firmament

The Glory of the Heavens, oil on canvas painting by William Keith, 1891, De Young Museum I must credit Ted Hand with introducing me to Paracelsus’ idea of the inner firmament. After listening to a podcast by Ted on Philip K. Dick and Alchemy, I dug into the tomes and wrote the following: Man is not body. The heart, the spirit, is man. And this spirit is an entire star, out of which he is built. If therefore a man…

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The Dialectical Dance of Being

The Dialectical Dance of Being

We individuals are all hardwired a certain way. Some tend toward atheism, some toward a full-blown transcendent deity. All of us view reality according to our particular life experiences. That is a very normal and natural phenomenon. If we were all born the same, this world would be very boring. Religions try to corral their adherents into agreement by asking for an assent to a set of dogmatic assertions usually in the form of a creed. Some of us do…

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Soul’s Maelstrom

Soul’s Maelstrom

In my last article, The Involution of Soul, I introduced a symbol that spontaneously arose in my consciousness. I called it Soul’s Maelstrom, named for a poem by Poe the Crow.  I would like to elaborate on this image a bit further, if I may. In 1992, I saw something that chilled me to the core of Being. I had an imaginal experience of peering into a raging maelstrom, which I took to be the very source of all reality….

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