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Monthly Archives : June 30, 2013

Divine Matter and the Lumen Naturae

Uncategorized / June 30, 2013 / No Comments

River Gorge, by Cornelius Krieghoff, 1854 There is a story in the Bible, in the Book of Exodus, of a time during the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt, when the people became very thirsty. God said this to Moses: Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel (Exodus 17:6, KJV). As with so much of the Bible, this story is steeped in symbolism of Soul, which speaks resoundingly to us as spelunkers …..

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The Archetype of Spirit

archetypal / June 29, 2013 / 4 Comments

Old Man Praying, by Julian Falat, 1881 The psychic manifestations of the spirit indicate at once that they are of an archetypal nature-in other words, the phenome­non we call spirit depends on the existence of an autonomous primordial image which is universally present in the precon­scious makeup of the human psyche (Jung 214). What we colloquially call the human “spirit,” is among the archetypes of the unconscious. Jung says the spirit archetype usually appears in dreams as a “wise old man,” who gives “decisive convictions, prohibitions, and wise counsels” (ibid.). Sometimes, it appears simply as “an authoritative voice which passes final judgments” (ibid.). It can appear as a ghost of …..

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Thoughts On Heidegger’s Being And Time

Uncategorized / June 23, 2013 / No Comments

Heidegger begins his classic work with a quote from Plato’s Sophist 244a: For manifestly you have long been aware of what you mean when you use the expression “being.” We, however, who used to think we understood it, have now become perplexed. Not since the days of Plato and Aristotle had there been such an intense scrutinizing of the meaning of Being. With this quote from Plato, Heidegger announces his intention to revive the importance of the investigation into the meaning of Being. Socrates said, The unexamined life is not worth living; Heidegger does not believe a philosopher is worthy of the title without examining this most basic of all …..

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Soul’s Maelstrom Revisited

Uncategorized / June 23, 2013 / No Comments

Last summer, I presented two articles on this blog, The Involution Of Consciousness and Soul’s Maelstrom, that contained an image of the World Soul as a swirling maelstrom. In this article, I would like to revisit that discussion with some new ideas. I said, 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…We are swirling within Soul’s Maelstrom. Round and round we go in this world, and ever downward. But, as we move deeper into the Vortex of Life, we move, simultaneously, inward and closer together. The lower we go into …..

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Nature Loves To Hide

archetypal / June 22, 2013 / No Comments

Woodland, by Ivan Shishkin (1831-1898) To arrive at the basic structure of things we must go into their darkness. Again, why? Because, says Heraclitus (frg. 123) ‘The real constitution of each thing is accustomed to hide itself, which has also been translated, ‘Nature loves to hide’” (Hillman 26). Does this mean that real understanding lies in something Immanuel Kant said we cannot know, i.e. the thing-in-itself, the ding an sich? The archetypes of the unconscious are akin to this idea. We can certainly gain indirect  knowledge of them, even though such knowledge will always be partial and limited. …since only what is hidden is true nature of all things, including …..

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The Process of Soul

Uncategorized / June 21, 2013 / No Comments

Ad Parnassum, by Paul Klee Process philosophy has much to offer the Soul spelunker. One thing I have always felt was lacking in both analytical and archetypal psychology is a sound metaphysical foundation. In my spelunking, I believe I have stumbled across the missing link, at least in my mind. Although I studied the process philosophers, such as Alfred North Whitehead, in college, I did not spend sufficient time with them to make the connection between process philosophy and what I was gleaning then from C.G. Jung and James Hillman. Now, I have had an epiphany, albeit not an original insight, but an epiphany for me personally, nevertheless. James Hillman …..

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What Is A Soul?

Uncategorized / June 19, 2013 / No Comments

The Japanese Footbridge, by Calude Monet Here is another example of amateur spelunking from the early nineties, just when I was becoming curious about such matters: What is a soul? All my life I have been told that humans consist of soul and body. Some say, “I have a soul and I live in a body,” as if a soul is a possession one purchases at Wal-Mart. Once when I was a child, I went to a “revival,” where the preacher was talking about the soul burning in hell. I wondered what that could mean. The teachings of the Pythagoreans point to the soul as being immortal, imperishable, uncreated, and …..

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A Comparative Study Of David Hume And Thomas Aquinas

Uncategorized / June 18, 2013 / No Comments

This is an old article that I just unearthed from the crypt. I wrote it in 1992, when I was quite enamored with philosophical theology. I offer it to those readers who may be interested in such things. In this article I will attempt to compare the thought of Thomas Aquinas and David Hume concerning the existence of God. I will focus primarily on Thomas’ attempt to prove the existence of God, and what Hume may have said in response to it. These two great intellects came from very different backgrounds. Thomas Aquinas, the son of well-to-do parents, was groomed for ecclesiastical service from an early age. David Hume’s family …..

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The Soul Is Not Supernatural

Uncategorized / June 16, 2013 / 2 Comments

Sunset, by Arkady Rylov, 1917 In the sense that the word, “supernatural,” means “something that transcends nature,” Soul is not supernatural. The word, “nature,” literally is derived from “born,” natus. It also carries the meaning of “the universe.” It is the “course of things.” Enigmatic as Soul is, and whose depths are fathomless, it is still intertwined with our natural universe. The idea that Soul originates in some otherworldly place is a product of our Christian tradition, its penchant for dualism, and its inclination for taking truths about reality literally. In mainstream Christian thought, God and nature are totally separate. According to this view, our world represents something fallen, due …..

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The Naming Of Reality

archetypal / June 14, 2013 / No Comments

    Philosophers have had much trouble naming what we think is real. Some believe that only matter is real and can be studied, and thus we have various forms of materialism. Some claim there are non-material entities and that these are just as real as material entities. Of course, there are many views that attempt to fuse these into a coherent schema. What I’ve been trying to do on this blog is develop my own naming convention for reality, borrowing heavily from many others. My animaterialist ramblings are an attempt to include Soul in my own view of reality. One would think, upon first glance, that Soul would be a non-material …..

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Are Mind And Brain The Same?

Uncategorized / June 12, 2013 / No Comments

I recently read an article by a blogger who began by saying very plainly that dualism is not a correct view of reality, that it leads to fragmentation in all aspects of life. With this proposition, I agree wholeheartedly. Then, in attempt to discount the reductionist materialist view, they began to explain why they believe the brain is different from the mind. With this, I must disagree, but not with the usual objections we hear from materialists. In my perspective, the mind and brain should not be dichotomized. When they are said to be fundamentally different, this amounts to falling headlong back into the dualist tiger-trap. Viewing the brain as …..

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David Bohm On The Dangers Of Fragmentation

archetypal / June 9, 2013 / No Comments

Head Of A Martyr, by Odilon Redon, 1877 David Bohm, referring to the prevalent dualistic paradigm, says that mankind begins to see and experience himself and his world as actually made up of components. Being guided by this view, man then acts in such a way as to try to break himself and the world up, so that all seems to correspond to his way of thinking. He thus obtains an apparent proof of the correctness of his fragmentary self-world view, not noticing that it is he himself, acting according to his mode of thought, who has brought about the fragmentation that now seems to have an autonomous existence, independent …..

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Practical Applications Of Animaterialism

archetypal / June 9, 2013 / No Comments

  I feel that, of late, I’ve been putting out much theory to the exclusion of praxis. Therefore, this article will attempt to show some practical applications of the animaterialist worldview.  If we believe the universe is a living organic reality, and all things are interconnected, the way we treat all creatures will be affected. Our current milieu, being based on a dualistic materialistic capitalism, acts toward all things with one thing in mind: profit. Its most vocal proponents pay lip service to the Jesus of the Gospels. But the Jesus of the Gospels wanted nothing to do with those who greedily manipulated the people. He spoke out against it time …..

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Light And Animatter

Uncategorized / June 6, 2013 / No Comments

Claude Monet: Soleil Levant, 1872 What physicists have discovered concerning the nature of light is that it behaves as both wave and particle. This profound and paradoxical characteristic makes light a very attractive metaphorical image in explaining the true nature of reality, if one may be so bold as to attempt such a difficult task. I have said that our universe is filled with “animatter,” or ensouled matter. There is no dichotomy at all in animatter. Our language brings differentiation between the abstractions we call matter and Soul. We also hear much of the so-called “mind-body problem” (which is not a problem at all, if you reject dualism).  These are …..

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The Entelechy Of Animatter

archetypal / June 2, 2013 / No Comments

  Without Title, by Hugo Ohne (1854)   We might think of the daimon as the ego of one’s entelechy, the personification within one’s psyche of the higher presence (Jean Houston, A Mythic Life, page 130). . . We know that matter is not dead and inactive. There is a power innate to matter that we call Soul. There is no distinction between these two ideas. Soul acts as the entelechy (Greek word entelecheia) of matter, the telos inside matter that compels it to become what it truly is, to strive and emerge into its own manner of Being. We have named all such entities (which, of course, includes all …..

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Matter And Soul Are Interchangeable

Uncategorized / June 1, 2013 / No Comments

Alexanderschlacht, by Albrecht Altdorfer (1480–1538) What I call animaterialism is really very similar to hylozoism. In animaterialism, there are not two distinct substances that compose our universe; there is one. I call it “animatter.” It is not a “substance” in the sense that a substance possesses mass and takes up space. Animatter is not only the material stuff we experience with our physical senses; it also includes all the animative power of Soul. Animation is used in the original sense of the root of the word, anima. This is the Latin word for “soul.” Actually, neither matter nor anima are substances, if we take the meaning of substance to be, …..

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