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Christ, the Symbol of the Self

Christ, the Symbol of the Self

  According to C.G. Jung, the post-Christian spirit is a “true antimimon pneuma, a false spirit of arrogance, hysteria, woolly-mindedness, criminal amorality, and doctrinaire fanaticism, a purveyor of shoddy spiritual goods, spurious art, philosophical stutterings, and Utopian humbug, fit only to be fed wholesale to the mass man of today.”1 I can’t think of a better description of our current social climate. Jung wrote these words in the early 1950’s, but it is worse now than it was then. The…

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Overcoming the Dark Side of Animatter

Overcoming the Dark Side of Animatter

In 2012-2013, I published a series of articles on this blog describing my thoughts on the nature of matter, or as I deemed it, animatter. I chose this word to denote the interconnectedness of all things. I call this animaterialism. In my view, soul and matter are two sides of the same coin (animus + mater from the Latin).  I realized after all these years that I never really thought about the dark side of animatter. In this article, I…

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The Anima Mundi in Matter

The Anima Mundi in Matter

In my last post, I quoted a paragraph from Jung commenting on Gerhard Dorn’s alchemical philosophy. In it, he uses a very curious phrase. Here is the relevant section: …the caelum also signifies man’s likeness to God (imago Dei), the anima mundi in matter, and the truth itself (Jung 539). According to Jung, the caelum is the Philosopher’s Stone, but it is also the anima mundi in matter. Caelum is the blue sky above us, the vault of heaven, and also…

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Learning to Think Anew

Learning to Think Anew

If we are interested in redefining our world, we must change the manner in which we think. We must learn to think anew. In essence, we must unlearn thinking. Calculative thinking is fine, in the proper context, but it is not the only kind of thinking we humans need to utilize. When we read a poem for instance, we most certainly do not use calculative thinking. As Martin Heidegger said, “…we can learn thinking only if we radically unlearn what…

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The Changing Face of the Daimon

The Changing Face of the Daimon

Guardian Spirit of the Waters, 1878, by Odilon Redon For this article,  I am assuming James Hillman’s thesis to be true, that everyone has a personal daimon that accompanies one throughout one’s life. Hillman’s book, Soul’s Code concerns this issue. I also take the words of Marsilio Ficino to be true when he said, Whoever . . . scrutinizes his mind . . . will find his own natural work, and will find likewise his own star and daemon, and…

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