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Monthly Archives : August 31, 2012

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part I

Uncategorized / August 31, 2012 / 4 Comments

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 with what I have referred to as The Cosmic Mind, i.e. the fusion of Soul and Spirit? This is one question I will keep in mind as I proceed. According …..

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Matter, Forms, and Animatter

Uncategorized / August 28, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 being to everything, which the Pythagoreans and the Timaeus call the ‘giver of forms’; a soul and a formal principle which becomes and informs everything, that they call ‘fountain of …..

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The Story of Animatter

archetypal / August 26, 2012 / No Comments

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 its process. Cells contain information about molecules, molecules contain information about atoms, atoms about quantum particles and fields. And the matter of brains contains information about all of these, and …..

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Animaterialism

archetypal / August 25, 2012 / No Comments

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). The philosophy of mind  known as “eliminative materialism” asserts that realities like Soul, imagination, belief, or just a common sense view of the mind (folk psychology) are false and will …..

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Epistemology of Paradox

Uncategorized / August 22, 2012 / 1 Comment

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 be made to a form of thought that includes our powers of intuition, emotion, and feelings. Certainly, we must follow reason as far as it can take us, but, in …..

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The Bridge Between Soul and Spirit

Uncategorized / August 20, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 others. So far as we know, consciousness is always ego-consciousness. In order to be conscious of myself, I must be able to distinguish myself from others. Relationship can only take …..

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Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit

archetypal / August 19, 2012 / 4 Comments

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 the valleys of life and not on the peaks of intellectual, spiritual, or technological efforts. In his essay on this theme, “Peaks and Vales,” Hillman writes that the soul is the …..

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The Consciousness of Paradox

archetypal / August 18, 2012 / 3 Comments

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 de Quincey, p. 7). The days of thinking that the scientific method alone will solve all the conundrums of human existence are over. We have moved into an era where …..

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The Death of the Ego

Uncategorized / August 16, 2012 / No Comments

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 Land of the Dead. Ego dies and the gods and goddesses awaken.The Ego is resurrected every morning, as the dying and rising god myth plays itself out daily. As the …..

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The Ego and Centralization

Uncategorized / August 11, 2012 / 3 Comments

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 they were not willing to kill their sacred cow. Instead, they killed the messenger. The predominant Western mindset has never broken free of this false idea of centrality, since they …..

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Modes of Consciousness

archetypal / August 11, 2012 / 2 Comments

Photo by CwawebberWe 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 uncertain about the means of operation of these modes. But, somehow, I do know (not using the rules of logical thought) that everything possesses different forms of consciousness. Typically, we would …..

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Anima Materia

Uncategorized / August 9, 2012 / 1 Comment

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 so adamant? Because dualism has done such great damage to our planet, human nature, and the Universe. We should no longer accept the assertion that we dwell in a schizophrenic …..

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Paracelsus’ Inner Firmament

Uncategorized / August 5, 2012 / 3 Comments

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 is perfect in his heart, nothing in the whole light of Nature is hidden from him…The first step in the operation of these sciences is this: to beget the spirit …..

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The Dialectical Dance of Being

Uncategorized / August 4, 2012 / No Comments

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 this, some of us reject outright any attempt made to limit freedom in these matters. There are dogmatic atheists just as there are dogmatic theists. There are scientists who claim …..

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Soul’s Maelstrom

Uncategorized / August 4, 2012 / No Comments

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. This whirling abyss contained all potentiality. From it, emerged all things. Like Poe, I wanted to explore its mysteries, even if it meant my death: It may look like boasting …..

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The Involution of Consciousness

Uncategorized / August 3, 2012 / 3 Comments

Since we are living in the Epoch of Soul, the day in which consciousness of Soul is growing very rapidly due to the mass usage of the Internet, we are learning that the idea of an increasing consciousness is not as we once thought, i.e. it is not necessarily a higher consciousness, but an involuting consciousness. The metaphor of increasing consciousness is changing to one that increases inwardly, as our individual Souls spiral into each other. These are merging together as we whirl inward. As we acknowledge the power of Soul and the Cosmic Mind, we are becoming One upon the Earth. We have been distant from each other due …..

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Ethical Implications of Bruno’s Philosophy

archetypal / August 2, 2012 / 1 Comment

Cosmic Composition, by Paul Klee I am of the opinion that one’s view of matter ultimately leads to one’s system of ethics. So, after examining Bruno’s ontology and metaphysics for some time now, what are the ethical implications of accepting these things as truth? In this article, I will attempt to outline the resulting effects of accepting the following Brunian assertions,The one infinite is perfect, in simplicity, of itself, absolutely, nor can aught be greater or better, This is the one Whole, God, universal Nature, occupying all space, of whom naught but infinity can give the perfect image or semblance. [De Immenso ii.12, Singer p61].Divinity reveals herself in all things . …..

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The Power of Soul

archetypal / August 1, 2012 / 3 Comments

Homage to the Ocean, by Arthur Bowen Davies (1862–1928) The shaman, Jimi Hendrix, once channeled these enlightening lyrics through his human form:With the power of soul, anything is possible, With the power of you, Anything you wanna do.When I was fifteen, listening to this song, Power To Love, I had no idea that, someday, I would connect these lyrics to the philosophy of a sixteenth century lover of freedom named Giordano Bruno. Hendrix and Bruno have undoubtedly met on a higher plane of consciousness and exchanged ideas concerning the power of Soul.  In Bruno’s estimation, the power of Soul is the Universal Intellect. The Universal Intellect is fused with the World …..

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