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Month: October 2012

The Consciousness of Death

The Consciousness of Death

A healthy consciousness of death is not a fear of death, unless you take the word “fear” in the Old English sense of “reverential awe.” In the last two thousand years, we’ve been told by Christianity that death is an enemy. The Apostle Paul claimed that death is “the last enemy,” and something that must be defeated. Of course, he was referring to a resurrection in which all of the dead would be raised again to new life. I’m not…

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The Delian Diver

The Delian Diver

Die Insel Delos, by Carl Anton Rottman (1797-1850) We are already aware that the realities of Soul are unfathomable. Heraclitus taught us, “You could not discover the limits of Soul even if you traveled by every path in order to do so; such is the depth of its meaning” (qtd. in The Presocratics, by Philip Wheelwright, p. 72). Heraclitus may have been the first depth psychologist in Western history. Diogenes  Laertius wrote, they say that Euripides gave him [Socrates] a…

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Rivendell

Rivendell

Photo by Aleš Kocourek My principal anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh. Within me are the dark immemorial forces of the Evil One, human and pre-human; within me too are the luminous forces, human and pre-human, of God – and my soul is the arena where these two armies have clashed and met (Nikos Kazantzakis, Prologue to The Last Temptation…

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Promethean Fire

Promethean Fire

Prometheus Carrying Fire, by Jan Cossiers If we look more deeply into the story, we find that everything bestowed by Prometheus on mankind is connected with the human Ego, while Zeus is portrayed as a divine power which inspires and ensouls men in whom the Ego has not yet come to full expression. If we look back over the evolution of the earth, we find in the far past a humanity in which the Ego was no more than an…

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The Vortical Mix

The Vortical Mix

One thing you’re certain of, when you’re whirling in a vortex, is that you’re there together with whatever else is spinning with you. This is the best aspect of the involutionary nature of collective consciousness, i.e. we are all together in this world of contradictions. As the Vortical Mix spins with increasing rapidity, we are drawn closer together. Picture a cosmic mixing bowl. Several ingredients are added and the mixer is activated. The mixer goes round and round. All the…

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Romney’s 47%: Plutocratic Hypocrisy

Romney’s 47%: Plutocratic Hypocrisy

Photo by Toby Alter Mitt Romney recently was caught saying that 47% of Americans feel they are entitled “to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement.” The word, “entitle,” means ” to give a title, right, or claim to something (Dictionary.com). He said this as if he and his followers were somehow above being entitled to anything. But we know this is false, since Mitt, and many of his comrades, were raised with the…

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Animaterialist Thinking

Animaterialist Thinking

Coal Barges, by Van Gogh When we think of thinking in our technological age, we think of the brain. But is the brain the only part of the body that thinks? I don’t think so. Thinking is performed with the entire body acting as a Gestalt. It is our Western tendency to view the body in fragmented terms. This is because we project our fragmented nature onto everything, including our own bodies. Because scientists have found the brain to be…

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