On Jung’s Red Book, Part 2

On Jung’s Red Book, Part 2

  Personality #1, “the spirit of this time,” in Jung’s autobiography correlates to the normal, everyday personality; personality #2, or “the spirit of the depths,” is analogous to that part of him that is in contact with the depths of the unconscious. This is the way it is with all of us. Some of us ignore #2. The only contact we have with it is in our dreams. Only through interaction with the spirit of the depths can one come…

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On Jung’s Red Book, Part I

On Jung’s Red Book, Part I

  I have been planning on writing commentary on Jung’s Red Book for a long time, ever since it was released, actually. Until today, I have never been able to begin. I don’t know whether it was something in me that feared going down that rabbit hole, or whether it was simply a lack of time. Whatever the reason, I am now ready to begin the journey. Most of you already know the story behind the Red Book, so I…

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Hidden Forces of Evil: Part2

Hidden Forces of Evil: Part2

  It is certain that mind-control exists and is practiced against us on a daily basis. Just watch the mainstream media for five minutes. What convinced me was an astounding documentary by British filmmaker, Adam Curtis, called, The Century of the Self. I had no idea prior to watching this (it was released in 2002) that the intention, really a conspiracy, to enslave our thinking was so vast and coordinated, and had been for decades. It is disheartening to suddenly…

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Hidden Forces of Evil: Part 1

Hidden Forces of Evil: Part 1

I am very troubled with the state of the world in 2019. It seems that on all sides we are encompassed about with chaos. In line with the theme of this blog, I look to the soul for answers. Even though we are experiencing chaotic times, I tend to believe there is an awakening occurring that is unprecedented in modern history. Many more of us know in this day who our enemy is. It is somewhat analogous to the times…

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Bruno’s Idea of Christ

Bruno’s Idea of Christ

    I have recently been listening to lectures by a very intriguing Franciscan friar by the name of  Fr. Richard Rohr. He is a marvelous ecumenical teacher who is interested in the non-dual experience of consciousness. That makes him very interesting to me. He also has some very cool ideas about the meaning of the much abused term, Christ. According to Fr. Rohr, the Christ is the manifestation of God. The Christ first manifested at the point of the…

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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 Outsider and the Age of Defeat, Part 3

The Outsider and the Age of Defeat, Part 3

In the next section of The Age of Defeat, Wilson deals with what he calls, “the fallacy of insignificance.”1 Continuing in his examination of “the problem of the hero,”2 he begins to discuss Existentialism, for, he says, “its concepts provide the tools with which the whole problem can be dissected.”3 Now, the problem of the hero is that heroism has vanished from Western literature and culture. As we saw earlier, in America we have an other-directedness that extends so far…

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The Outsider and the Age of Defeat, Part 2

The Outsider and the Age of Defeat, Part 2

Wilson reminds us that the inner-directed/outer-directed model is a construction that, according to Riesman, does not really exist, but is merely a type “based on a selection of certain historical problems.”1 No one is either one or the other, much like the labeling of left-brain/right-brain people; all are a combination of both. Wilson adds It may be true that many people spend their lives in a state of more or less contented other-direction, that others (rarer) have achieved a certain…

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The Outsider and The Age of Defeat, Part 1

The Outsider and The Age of Defeat, Part 1

The third book in Colin Wilson’s much acclaimed Outsider Cycle, The Age of Defeat, has recently been reissued by Aristeia Press. It was originally published in 1959. I’ve been anxious to read it and begin a new series writing about it. I had a lot of fun doing the The Outsider and Religion and the Rebel series last year. Hopefully, this one will work out equally well. So, let’s begin! With his first two books, Colin Wilson communicated very clearly…

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