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Philosophy and depth psychology fanatic; writer and resident soul spelunker
The Curse of Consciousness

The Curse of Consciousness

  Dostoevsky, in his classic book, Notes from the Underground, states I swear, gentlemen, that to be too conscious is an illness – a real thorough-going illness. For man’s everyday needs, it would have been quite enough to have the ordinary human consciousness, that is, half or a quarter of the amount which falls to the lot of a cultivated man . . .1 This is a very curious notion. One would think that greater consciousness, more awareness, is to…

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Consciousness and Water

Consciousness and Water

  …Go visit the Prairies in June, when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among Tiger-lilies—what is the one charm wanting?—Water—there is not a drop of water there! Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it? Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip…

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Colin Wilson Examines Heidegger’s Thought

Colin Wilson Examines Heidegger’s Thought

In this article, I will attempt to provide a brief summary of Colin Wilson’s thoughts regarding Martin Heidegger’s philosophy. Heidegger, of course, was one of the paramount figures in twentieth-century existentialist thought, even though he tried to distance himself from the movement known as existentialism, popularized by Sartre and Camus. Wilson proposes a “new existentialism,” which is more optimistic, as opposed to the pessimism of Sartre, Camus, et al. The exposition of his philosophy can be found in his book,…

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The Human Multiverse

The Human Multiverse

I have wrestled with self-confidence all my life. I never had much confidence as long as I looked through the eyes of my natural self. Depression was my lot for many years. I felt that life had dealt me a very bad hand, indeed. As many of you know, this makes life insufferable, tedious, and meaningless. When I was in my twenties, I investigated Norman Vincent Peale’s so-called Power of Positive Thinking. I was inspired. I began to attempt to…

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Hawking’s Sleep

Hawking’s Sleep

Psychological dictionaries and schools of all orientations agree that reality is of two kinds. First, the word means the totality of existing material objects or the sum of conditions of the external world. Reality is public, objective, social, and usually physical. Second, there is a psychic reality, not extended in space, the realm of private experience that is interior, wishful, imaginational. Having divided psychic reality from hard or external reality, psychology elaborates various theories to connect the two orders together,…

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

The Real Meaning of Christmas

The great mystic, Meister Eckhart, wrote: We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also…

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The Universe Within

The Universe Within

  William Blake is believed to have been heavily influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg, who taught “that the universe is contained in the Divine Humanity.”1 This view flips the typical materialist view inside-out. “The ‘body’ of the Divine Human is not contained in natural space but contains all things in itself.”2 The universe does not contain human beings; human beings contain the universe. The outer universe is but a shadow. This is a fascinating idea. It is a very old idea,…

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The Divine Human

The Divine Human

Emanuel Swedenborg proposed a very intriguing argument for the ultimate Nexus: the humanity of God and the divinity of man. In Jesus, we have a man in whom the two seemingly heterogeneous natures were unified. But this wasn’t something exclusive to Jesus, as the Christian Church teaches. Jesus was the Symbol for all mankind, what is known in Gnosticism as the Anthropos. He displayed the attributes of both God and man. He taught that all of us are human and…

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 2

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 2

This continues my previous article on Nietzsche’s section in Thus Spoke Zarathustra called the The Tree on the Mountainside. The young man is learning what it will take to achieve excellence as a human being. He is inventing his soul, building it up like one builds an elaborate castle. He has learned that mundane things, everydayness, as Heidegger calls it, will never satisfy his thirst for life. Mediocrity is not the path to the Übermensch. Zarathustra smiled and said: “Some souls…

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 1

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 1

Zarathustra’s eyes had discerned that a young man avoided him. As he walked one evening alone through the mountains surrounding the town, which is called The Motley Cow, behold, there while walking he found this young man leaning against a tree, gazing wearily into the valley.1 This section of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, called On the Tree on the Mountain, speaks primarily to the ones Colin Wilson calls “outsiders.” It speaks to those lonely souls who are obsessed with striving, with…

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