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The Non-Duality of Immanence

The Non-Duality of Immanence | Image of the World | Scoop.it
If ‘turning toward’ is the movement of thought toward truth, how could truth not also turn toward thought?
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Religion and the Rebel, Part 5 - Soul Spelunker

Religion and the Rebel, Part 5 - Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
Today, I’ve been reading chapter two of Wilson’s amazing book, Religion and the Rebel. The chapter is entitled, The Outsider and History. As a matter of fact, I just received in the mail today my hardcover copy of the book, a first edition no less. I am thrilled! For my previous articles, I’ve been using a borrowed soft copy from the Internet Archive, which is a veritable goldmine for some of these older gems.
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Soul Spelunker - Exploring the caverns and grottoes of Soul.

Soul Spelunker - Exploring the caverns and grottoes of Soul. | Image of the World | Scoop.it
In Religion and the Rebel, Wilson wants to define what he means by “heaven” and “supersanity,” but first he wants to get at the true meaning of Existenzphilosophie, or at least “the meaning that the Outsider attaches to it” (ibid.). This is a German word that means “the philosophy of existence.” It was also the title of a book by philosopher, Karl Jaspers, published in 1938.

One begins to understand the meaning by accepting the notion that all humans make a complete mess of their lives. “The Outsider cannot help feeling that men do not learn from experience — not the really important things” (ibid.). It doesn’t matter how charmed a life a person has lived, they always seem to falter at some point and come tumbling down. One could point at countless examples.
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The Coming Age of Imagination – Soul Spelunker

The Coming Age of Imagination – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself. -William Blake

There will come a day when mankind will dwell in the world of the imagination. It may not come soon. It may not come to our particular human species, but it will indeed come.

I once thought of the imagination as things I could visualize in my mind’s eye. It is much more than that. I once believed if I, through my imagination, could come up with some clever ideas, or some ingenious invention or computer code, I could become rich. It is much more than that. I once believed that one’s imagination is a tool to be used like a computer to accomplish tasks one needed to do, but I discovered it is much than that. It is beyond anything we’ve ever imagined.
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The Anima Mundi in Matter – Soul Spelunker

The Anima Mundi in Matter – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
All matter in the universe is sprinkled with a sampling of the World Soul. It is hidden. Most do not know or realize it. The consensus of our culture is that matter is cold and dead. A literal mindset, one dominated by logic and the scientific method, cannot understand the idea of soul within matter. The literal mind would explain the azure sky-vault over our heads as being composed of various gases, but a gifted poet could bring tears to our eyes by describing it in language filled with soulful images
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Communication with the Unconscious – Soul Spelunker

Communication with the Unconscious – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
One of the most successful periods in human history, at least in terms of the right hemisphere of the brain operating in its proper role as “master,” as McGilchrist calls it, was the period of Western history we know as the Renaissance. During this time, from roughly the 15th to the 17th century, what seemed to be the primary mode of Western consciousness was right-brain dominant. As we learned in the last post, the two hemispheres always work together, but one or the other will dominate. The period from the end of the Renaissance until the 20th century was ruled by left-brain consciousness. During the Renaissance, a flowering of art and culture occurred that had not been seen since ancient Greece.
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World Alchemy | Soul Spelunker

World Alchemy | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
There is a great transmutation occurring in our world. We are living in what Karl Jaspers called an Axial period of history. In this era the World Soul is engulfed in alchemical fire in the Hermetic vessel. The image of this sealed furnace is analogous to my image from 2012 of Soul’s Maelstrom. The alchemical vessel was usually shaped round to draw the influences of our spiral cosmos. But instead of water, she is now being purged by a roaring conflagration, where the process of Calcinatio will, hopefully, purge away the dross of the former age. This will take an indeterminate numbers of years to accomplish.
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The Pathologizing of the World Soul | Soul Spelunker

The Pathologizing of the World Soul | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The world is in trouble, just as an individual in Jung’s heyday might have been plagued with symptoms of schizophrenia. And Jung, in his wisdom, would have pointed that person back to health with his amazing therapeutic ideas. In his day, the world was considered isolated from our concerns, something to be ruled over and dominated. In our day, however, the world is no longer separate from us, cold, dead, and material. It is just as much part of us as our organs or senses. But the world is breaking down. Although it has been occurring for some time, last year, 2016, brought us the stark realization that we may be living in the last days. Or, are we?
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A Deepening of Soul | Soul Spelunker

A Deepening of Soul | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
One of the most crucial things we can do to further and deepen consciousness is to experience the world from different points on the circle of life. The whirling vortex of the maelstrom of soul requires that, if we are interested in inner development, we be willing to be spun in every direction until we reach the bottom. That is where transformation lies. Poe believed the bottom of his maelstrom was death.
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America’s Wotan | Soul Spelunker

America’s Wotan | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
In 1936, C.G. Jung wrote a very important and very timely essay for that particular period of German history, simply called Wotan. At the end of World War I, Germany was left destitute after the Treaty of Versailles. Thousands were left unemployed, inflation was out of control, and people were starving. Germany was forced to pay reparations for the war, as well as hand over territories that contained important economic resources. Jung watched from Switzerland as these conditions brought about, in his estimation, a dark eruption of the German unconscious. The “ancient god of storm and frenzy, the long quiescent Wotan” awoke from his slumber. Jung likened it unto the eruption of an extinct volcano that had lay dormant for millennia. There is no need to go into the ensuing dark details. We are well aware, if we have studied twentieth century history at all, what malevolence occurred.
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The Politics of Animaterialism | Soul Spelunker

The Politics of Animaterialism | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
Now, in our day, there is a man running for president of the United States, Senator Bernie Sanders, that has, as his platform, most of the points advocated by Occupy Wall Street. He is continuing the movement initiated by the OWS protesters back in 2011. I feel this movement could be the beginning of what I consider animaterialist politics. If you’re curious about what animaterialism means to me, please search for this term on my blog. I’ve written a number of articles explaining my position. I believe Senator Sanders’ platform this year begins to advocate policies that care for humanity and the earth very much like those one could arrive at by accepting an animaterialist worldview.
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The Imagination as Emissary | Soul Spelunker

The Imagination as Emissary | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
One must be careful not to confuse the primary images, or archetypes, as existing on another plane in the same way as Plato’s Forms. They are not otherworldly, but part of our animaterial universe. They abide in our bodies and in our souls, these being one and the same. Biology and psychology should not be separate disciplines. The universe in itself is not dualistic.
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Eva Rider's curator insight, January 15, 2016 3:34 AM

The living Archetype is reminds us that Psyche/Soma are one and the same thing.

 

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Truth and Lies, Part II | Soul Spelunker

Truth and Lies, Part II | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I discussed Nietzsche’s idea of truth and lie, the latter being the subversion of mankind’s conventional naming system. Unconsciously, we lie to ourselves and to each other because we have forgotten that the names of things are not the same as the original experience of the things themselves. The meaning of liar, of course, is relative, according to one’s perception. From the point of view of the masses, a liar is one who breaks with the accepted convention of not believing that language really describes reality. From Nietzsche’s perspective, we are all liars, since, to exist socially, we all use language.
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Clever Beasts, Part II | Soul Spelunker

Clever Beasts, Part II | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
My previous article discussed the initial paragraphs of Nietzsche’s essay, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense. I left off with his conclusion that man is “deeply immersed in illusions and in dream images…” The manner in which the intellect operates is characterized by deception, both of others and of ourselves. We perceive things and think we are seeing them as they are in themselves, but this is a lie fashioned by our minds. It is a mechanism of self-preservation, according to Nietzsche. Since nature has chosen to fashion mankind such that we do not wage the battle for existence with horns or with the sharp teeth of beasts of prey,” dissimulation, as an art, has become highly acute in us. With this in mind, Nietzsche concludes that “there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among” us. But it did somehow arise, for there are those among us who possess this drive, or else I would not be penning this short article.
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Eva Rider's curator insight, December 19, 2015 12:08 AM

More - the intellect and thought and the problem of dualism. Why are humans gifted or cursed with reason?

 

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Religion and the Rebel, Part 4 - Soul Spelunker

Religion and the Rebel, Part 4 - Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The Outsider has no desire for worldly fame and fortune. Those talented writers and artists who do seek such rewards are not Outsiders, and they are not concerned with becoming visionaries. The vision is all that matters to the Outsider. As I said in one of my earlier articles, the Outsider is very much a prophet. Wilson even admits “the Outsider is primarily a critic, and if a critic feels deeply enough about what he is criticizing, he becomes a prophet” (Outsider 224). One thing the Outsider feels very deeply about, and criticizes profusely, is avoiding the superficiality and shallowness that is required to really succeed in the worldly sense. There are too many games to play, too many masks to wear. One is required to be an artificial, subservient lackey, dancing to the tune of the money men. The Outsider wants authentic existence, a vision, not a sacrifice of his Being to the god of mammon.
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Doorway to the Land of Nowhere – Soul Spelunker

Doorway to the Land of Nowhere – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
Throughout history, many others have made the journey to the Land of Nowhere. Experiences of traveling through the mundus imaginalis are as old as mankind. Some believe we have been cut off from making the journey, since our current mode of consciousness makes light of imagination, equating it with what is unreal. But our mode of consciousness is changing. If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many of us open to this line of thought. If our minds were not open to such possibilities, I wouldn’t be writing this, and you wouldn’t be reading it. Many people and processes fail us in this temporal world, but we are now discussing eternal things that will not fail, an eternal land that we can travel to now. How do we get to such a wonderful place, which is really not a place, but a state of consciousness?
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Soul Spelunker – The Land of Nowhere

Soul Spelunker – The Land of Nowhere | Image of the World | Scoop.it
According to French philosopher and theologian, Henry Corbin, one of the best descriptions in Western thinking of what he calls the mundus imaginalis is given by the Swedish mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg. Corbin says, “One cannot but be struck by the concordance or convergence of the statements by the great Swedish visionary with those of Sohravardi, Ibn ‘Arabi, or Sadra Shirazi.”.
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Completing the Work of Creation – Soul Spelunker

Completing the Work of Creation – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The Hermetic doctrine teaches “as above, so below,” the correspondence of the macrocosm and microcosm. Our inner lives are infinite universes, just as the physical universe is infinite and expanding constantly. It is no coincidence that some of the secrets of Nature were revealed to the discoverers of quantum physics in the twentieth century, and in other important fields of study. Such monumental knowledge is given for a reason. Mankind is moving closer and closer to what Jean Gebser calls the “integral structure of consciousness,” or what Jesus meant when He said, “Ye are gods.” It may not look like it on the surface now, but it will come. Imagine what the Neanderthals must have thought about being surmounted and overcome by Homo sapiens. Did they suffer from angst, or feelings of meaninglessness? Maybe not, but they certainly suffered in some ways.
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Nature Needs You – Soul Spelunker

Nature Needs You – Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
If we are to deal with our world’s psychopathology, we must not remain in a state of subjectivity, where we pray, meditate, and seek only our own personal psychological development. The Anima Mundi needs our prayers, our meditations, our imaginations, for She too must develop and individuate.
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The Revelatory Power of the World Soul | Soul Spelunker

The Revelatory Power of the World Soul | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
In his amazing essay, Anima Mundi: The Return of the Soul to the World, James Hillman reminds us that the World Soul is “that particular soul-spark, that seminal image, which offers itself through each thing in its visible form” (Thought 101). Because of our tendency toward anthropomorphism, we think of the World Soul as some sort of super-entity “above the world encircling it as a divine and remote emanation of spirit, a world of powers, archetypes, and principles transcendent to things” (ibid.), but this is not the case at all. The World Soul presents herself through every animaterial entity as “animated possibility,” her “sensuous presentation as a face bespeaking its interior image” (ibid.). In this manner, the World Soul presents herself to the imagination, her “presence as psychic reality” (ibid.). Everything we experience empirically is filled with soul. “Not only animals and plants ensouled as in the Romantic vision, but soul is given with each thing, God-given things of nature and man-made things of the street” (ibid.).
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Globalism as the Counterfeit World Individuation | Soul Spelunker

Globalism as the Counterfeit World Individuation | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The term, globalism, is one of those words in the English language that is very vague and confusing for most. We hear much about it in our age, mostly because it has been the dominant ideology of both Republican and Democratic parties in the United States for many years now. It has also dominated European politics, having led to the formation of the European Union. Globalism, in this context, is also known as market globalism, and has the ideology of Neoliberalism as its driving force. One hallmark of Neoliberalism is that the rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer. Globalism, in the guise of the World Bank, loans money to needy nations. Then, when they can’t pay it back, the neoliberal elites rob them of their resources, sell them to private investors, and force the needy nations to impose austerity measures, usually by cutting social services. It is an insidious ideology that has absolutely raped many a nation of it’s pride, it’s sovereignty, and it’s culture. It is a dehumanizing, de-souling process that eats away at everything of value within a nation.
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Mass Movement | Soul Spelunker

Mass Movement | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
Carl Jung is describing the state of things before, during, and after the beginning of World Wars I and II. This long process of decay is still ongoing, which is very troubling to me, for I fear for the future of my children and grandson. My generation has continued to deny goodness and love for their fellow humans, but there is arising a people who see the world in a different light. The hope of my generation is with them.
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Everything is Out of Order | Soul Spelunker

Everything is Out of Order | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The tendency toward chaos, decay, decline, disruption; the loss and renunciation of once legitimate values; and the rise of the devalued and worthless, which are all prominent expressions of our epoch, present major obstacles to the interpretation of manifestations of the new consciousness. Everything is out of order; even so-called “positive” attempts undertaken here and there to “save” humanity or Europe should be viewed for the most part with no less skepticism than the equally undeniable attempts to destroy mankind (Gebser 295-296, italics mine).
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The State of Things | Soul Spelunker

The State of Things | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
I realize it has been quite awhile since I posted to this blog. As I’ve said in the past, the Muse, at times, departs for reasons unknown. I can say, however, that I’ve been quite troubled recently by the current state of things, not only in the political world this election year, but in the general malaise that seems to have enwrapped us in a black cloak of darkness. It is not easy to remain motivated in such an atmosphere of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and perpetual war. The World Soul has a very dark Shadow, indeed. These feelings, among other things, have brought about a dismal winter of soul these past few months. Sol, however, has arisen. Wonderful days lie ahead for all who cherish truth and honesty.
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Thoughts On the Eve of a New Year | Soul Spelunker

Thoughts On the Eve of a New Year | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
This has been a very troubling year in many ways. The American presidential politicking has been nauseating. I don’t believe I’ve seen anything like it in my lifetime. Xenophobia and racism seem to be rearing their atrocious heads in an entirely new way. Not to mention those who refuse to accept the facts concerning global warming, world hunger, homelessness, and the health-care crisis. I think I have come to the realization that homo sapiens sapiens may not be able to extricate itself from the destruction it has caused on this precious planet. Right now, there is nothing more important to our leaders than corporate profit. I see no signs this will change in the near future. In the past, I have been optimistic. I have written extensively on this blog of the Anima Mundi and her quest for individuation, but that still continues. It’s just that we may not be the human species that assists her in bringing it to pass.
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Truth and Lies | Soul Spelunker

Truth and Lies | Soul Spelunker | Image of the World | Scoop.it
The words we use have originated by equating things that are different. Take snowflakes, for example. Every snowflake is unique, yet we designate all snowflakes by the word, snowflake. This word is not the true thing, but merely a designator of similarities. The similarities of all snowflakes leads to the invention of forms, as in Plato’s philosophy, where, in a separate world somewhere, there exists a perfect snowflake. Of course, this sort of mental meandering sets up a state of dualism, and brings about a plethora of other philosophical problems, which this short article cannot deal with.
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Eva Rider's curator insight, December 19, 2015 12:06 AM

An other engaging examination of the purity of Archetype in a world of duality.