These quotations came to me at widely varying times, in
unusual situations usually precisely timed. They helped me find the path
through life that is hidden but strangely lit by an inner ray of light.
"The philosopher is usually interested in a central idea that
evolves over a long period of time, which may never be successfully completed
and formulated into words , one that may appear to be mysterious and beyond
scientific validation." Jean Piaget
"There exists a type of phenomenon even more mysterious
than telepathy or precognition which has puzzled man since the dawn of
mythology: the seemingly accidental meeting of two unrelated causal chains in a
coincidental event which appears both highly improbable and highly significant."
888888888888888888888 My comment
on Emanuel Swedenborg's basic idea:
Emanual Swedenborg wrote that man has two faculties, will and understanding. It
is not news to anyone that its hard to do what one 'wills'. Job mourned that he
'did what he willed not to do, and could not do what he willed' so this
condition and situation is nothing new. Although it was new to me when my body
began to live a life I didn't will myself, I recognize it is an old pattern. I
felt detached somehow, as though one step back from my body, and seeing in a new
way what it did, similar to being actor and audience combined. It was a new kind
of perception that began to 'see my whole self, body and mind and events in the
real world' begin to converge, conjoin and make sense to me eventually as a life
re-view. But it was much more than that. A complete idea was brought to my
attention and the information and experience necessary to understand it was
enacted in my life. It was like reading a new kind of book that identified me in
the process and told me what I was doing several times, exactly.
The past if there is such a location in real reality has effects now that
may need to be re-interpreted and understood in a new context. The past is in
our bodies but so is the future on the continuum, the constantly moving
flow of 'now'.
ISAAC NEWTON WROTE: (from Wikipedia)
Vol. I, Ch. 3 : Of the vision of the Image composed of four Metals
The folly of Interpreters has been, to foretell times and things by this
Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they
have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into
contempt.The design of God was much otherwise.
He gave this and the
Prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify
mens' curiosities by
enabling them to foreknow things,
but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event,
and his own Providence, not the Interpreters, be then manifested thereby
to the world.
For the event of things predicted many ages before, will then be a
convincing argument that the world is governed by providence.
For, as the few and obscure Prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming
were for setting up the Christian religion, which all nations have since
corrupted; so the many and clear Prophecies concerning the things to be
done at Christ’s second coming, are not only for predicting but also for
effecting a recovery and re-establishment of the long-lost truth, and
setting up a kingdom wherein dwells righteousness.
The event will prove the Apocalypse; and this Prophecy, thus proved
and understood, will open the old Prophets, and all together will make
known the true religion, and establish it. For he that will understand the
old Prophets, must begin with this; but the time is not yet come for
understanding them perfectly, because the main revolution predicted in
them is not yet come to pass.
In the days of the voice of the seventh Angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as he hath declared
to his servants the Prophets: and then the kingdoms of this world shall
become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever,
Apoc. x. 7. xi. 15.
There is already so much of the Prophecy fulfilled, that as many as
will take pains in this study, may see sufficient instances of God’s
providence: but then the signal revolutions predicted by all the holy
Prophets, will at once both turn men’s eyes upon considering the
predictions, and plainly interpret them. Till then we must content
ourselves with interpreting what hath been already fulfilled.
Amongst the Interpreters of the last age there to scarce one of note
who hath not made some discovery worth knowing; and thence I seem to
gather that God is about opening these mysteries. The success of others
put me upon considering it; and if I have done any thing which may be
useful to following writers, I have my design.
Not many scientists believe or know about Isaac Newton's ideas about Divine
Providence; to ignore them is like thinking half an apple is the whole thing in
An essay on the Internet:
Semiotics and liminality:
"By a playful thinking that is more persuasive than the rigor of science,"
Heidegger tells us,
the Greek words for interpreting and interpretation—hermeneuein,
be traced back to the god Hermes.1 However questionable the
etymological connection between Hermes and
hermeneuein may be, hermeneutics, as the art of understanding and of
textual exegesis, does stand under the sign of Hermes. Hermes is messenger who
brings the word from Zeus (God); thus, the early modern use of the term
hermeneutics was in relation to methods of interpreting holy scripture. An
interpreter brought to mortals the message from God. Although the usage was
broadened in the eighteenth and nineteenth century to take in methods of
understanding and explicating both sacred and
secular texts from antiquity, the term "hermeneutics" continued to suggest an
interpretation which discloses something hidden from ordinary understanding and
mysterious. Ancient texts are, for moderns, doubly alien: they are ancient and
they are in another
language. Their interpreter, poring
over a text in Hebrew, Greek, or Latin, cannot fail to convey the impression
that he has access to a body of knowledge from elsewhere, is a bridge to
somewhere else, he is a mediator between a mysterious other world and the clean,
well-lighted intelligible world in which we live and move and 'have our being.
just such a mediator. He is the messenger between Zeus and mortals, also between
Zeus and the underworld and between the underworld and mortals. Hermes crosses
these ontological thresholds with ease. A notorious thief, according to legend,
he crosses the threshold of legality without a qualm. "Marshal of dreams," he
mediates between waking and dreaming, day and night. Wearer of a cap of
invisibility, he can become invisible or visible at will. Master of
night tricks, he can cover himself with night. Master of sleep, he can wake the
sleeping or put the waking to sleep. Liminality or marginality is his very
One of the most informative fragments is this from Ernst Cassirer, Mythic Consciousness page 235.
Its worth reading.
"Thus far we have attempted in line with the general task of the philosophy of
Symbolic Forms to represent myth as a unitary energy of the human spirit: a self
contained form of interpretation which asserts itself amid all the
diversity of the objective material it presents. From this standpoint we have
attempted to disclose the objective categories of mythical thinking—not as
though we were dealing with rigid schemata of the spirit, fixed once and for
all, but with a view to finding definite original trends of formation.
the vast abundance of mythical forms we have thus sought to lay bare a unitary
formative power and the laws according to which this power operates. But myth
would be no truly spiritual form if its unity signified merely a simplicity
without contradictions. Its basic form does not unfold and imprint itself on new
motifs and figures in the manner of a simple natural process; its development is
not the tranquil growth of a seed which was present and ready made from the very
first, which merely requires certain definite outward conditions in order to
unfold and make itself manifest. The separate stages of its development do not
simply follow but rather confront one another often in sharp opposition.
progress of myth does not mean merely that certain basic traits, certain
spiritual determinations of earlier stages are developed and completed but also
that they are negated and totally eradicated. And this dialectic can be shown
not only in the transformation of the contents of the mythical consciousness but
in its dominant "inner form." It seizes upon the function of mythical
formation as such and transforms it from within.
This function can operate only by continuously producing new form—objective
expressions of the inner and outwards universe as it presents itself to the eye
which the law that governs it becomes a problem.
This may seem strange at first glance for we do not usually give the naïve
mythical consciousness credit for such a change of attitude.
And indeed we have not to do with an act of conscious theoretical reflection, in
which myth apprehends itself and in which it turns against its own foundations
and presuppositions. Even in this turn the mythical consciousness remains within
itself. It does not move out of its sphere or pass into a totally different "principle" but in completing its own cycle it ends
by breaking through it. This fulfillment which is at the same time a
transcendence, results from the relation of myth toward its own image world.
Myth can manifest itself only in this image world; as the mythical consciousness
advances it comes to see this manifestation as something "outside"
which is not wholly adequate to its own drive for expression.
Here lies the basis of the conflict which becomes
gradually sharper which creates a cleavage within the mythical consciousness and
yet in this very cleavage discloses the ultimate depths of myth.
The positivistic philosophy of
history and culture as formulated especially by Comte assumes a hierarchy of
cultural development by which mankind gradually rises from the primitive phases
The goal of myth and religion must here be sought outside themselves in a
fundamentally different sphere. But then it becomes impossible to apprehend the
true nature and the purely inward dynamic of the mythical religious spirit. This
dynamic is truly disclosed only if it can be shown that myth and religion have
within them their own source of motion, that from their beginnings down to their
supreme productions they are determined by their own motives and fed from their
own wellsprings. Even where they pass far beyond these first beginnings they do
not abandon their native spiritual soil. Their positions do not suddenly and
immediately shift into negations; rather it can be shown that every step they
take even in their own sphere, bears as it were a two fold omen. To the
continuous building up of the mythical world there corresponds a continuous
drive to surpass it but in such a way that both the position and the negation
belong to the form of the mythical –religions consciousness itself and in it
join to constitutes a single indivisible act. The process of destruction proves
on closer scrutiny to be a process of self assertion; conversely the later can
only be effected on the basis of the former and it is only in their permanent
cooperation that the two together produce the true essence and meaning of
mythical religious form.
In the development of linguistic forms we differentiated three stages which we
designated as those of mimetic, analogical and symbolic expression.
The Roots of Bach's' Art
Some artists are subjective, some objective. The art of the former has its
source in their personality; their work is almost independent of the epoch in which they live. A law unto
themselves, they place themselves in opposition to their epoch and originate new forms for the
expression of their ideas. Of this
type was Richard Wagner.
Bach belongs to the order of objective artists. they are wholly of their own
time and work only with the forms and the ideas that their time proffers them. They exercise no criticism
upon the media of artistic expression that they find lying ready to their hand, and feel no inner
compulsion to open out new paths. Their art not coming soley from the stimulus of their outer experience, we need
not seek the roots of their work in the fortunes of its creator. In them the artistic personality exists
independently of the human, the latter remaining in the background as if it were something almost
accidental. Bach's works would have been the same even if this existence had run quite another course. Did we
know more of his life
than is now the case and were we in possession of all the letters he had ever
written, we should still be not better informed as to the inward sources of his works than we are now.
The art of the objective artist is not impersonal but super-personal. It is as if
he felt only one impulse to express again what he already finds in existence but to express it
definitively in unique perfections. it is not he who lives, it is the spirit of the time that lives in
him. Note: IT IS NOT HE WHO
LIVES, IT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME THAT LIVES IN HIM.) All the artistic
endeavors, desires, creations, aspirations and errors of his own and of previous generations are concentrated
and worked out to their conclusions in him. Note: ALL THE ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS, DESIRES, CREATIONS,
ASPIRATIONS AND ERRORS OF HIS OWN AND OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS ARE CONCENTRATED AND WORKED OUT TO THEIR CONCLUSIONS
In this respect the greatest German musician has his analogue only in the
greatest of German philosophers. Kant's work has the same impersonal character. He is merely the brain in which
the philosophical ideas and problems of his day come to fruition. Note: HE IS MERELY THE BRAIN IN WHICH THE PHILOSOPHICAL IDEAS AND
PROBLEMS OF HIS DAY COME TO FRUITION.) Moreover he uses unconcernedly the
scholastic forms and
terminology of the time, just as Bach took up the musical forms offered to him
by his epoch without examining them.
Bach indeed is clearly not a single but a universal personality. He profited by
the musical development of three of four generations. When we pursue the history of this family, which
occupies so unique a position in the art life of Germany, we must have the feeling that everything
that is happening there must culminate in something consummate. We feel it to be a matter of course that some
day a Bach shall come in
whom all those other Bach's shall find a posthumous existence, one in whom the
fragment of German Music that has been embodied in this family shall find its' completion.
Sebastian Bach to speak the language of Kant, is a historical postulate.
Plato , Education of the Philosopher Kings,
I quite admit the difficulty of believing that in every man
there is an eye of the soul which when by other pursuits (is) lost and dimmed,
is (however) by these (the study of arithmetic/geometry) purified and
illumined; and is more precious far than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by
it alone is truth seen (....'is more worthy of development than all the bodily senses'
is another translation from a different author. ) Now there are two classes
of persons: one class of those who will agree with you and will take your words
as a revelation; another class to whom they will be utterly unmeaning, and who
will naturally deem them to be idle tales, for they see no sort of profit which
is to be obtained from them. And therefore you had better decide at once
with which of the two you are proposing to argue.
This quotation happened, it was a real
world event, it was perfect timing one day when I was at work, reading
this book on my break. I worked in a very noisy factory, where airplane parts
are made. It was a painfully noisy place until I got used to the noises. When I
read certain words the volume was turned up, I suddenly heard the noises in the
factory. Its an ugly symphony of whistles, grindings, drills, hisses and more.
When I was reading I didn't hear them but suddenly I felt them because the words
I was reading affected my body. Suddenly I felt the Earth as a space ship,
because the sounds of being on a huge vessel were around me. Other ideas were
new to me, and they were introduced for the first time. I had never thought of
'subjective' or 'objective' and I was puzzled by what the author meant. I
had no love for Bach's music, then, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Verdi were my
favorites. The content of this quotation was read in the same location and
conditions that I mentioned above, I was at work, on break, reading and suddenly
the noises around me, were turned up in volume, they blended with the words.
The Future Of Man de Chardin
A Note on Progress
The conflict dates from the day when one man, flying in the face of appearance,
perceived that the forces of nature are no more unalterably fixed in their orbits than the stars
themselves, but that their serene arrangement around us depicts the flow of a tremendous tide, the day on
which a first voice rang out, crying to Mankind peacefully slumbering on the
raft of Earth: "We are
moving! We are going forward!"
It is a pleasant and dramatic spectacle that of Mankind divided to its very
depths into two irrevocably opposed camps, one looking towards the horizon and proclaiming with
all its' newfound faith: "We are moving", and the other without shifting its positions, obstinately
maintaining, "Nothing Changes.
We are not Moving at all."
These latter, the "immobilists", though they lack passion, (immobility has never
inspired anyone with enthusiasm!) have commonsense on their side, habit of thought, inertia, pessimism
and also to some extent, morality and religion. Nothing, they argue appears to have changed since man
began to hand down the memory of the past, not the undulations of the earth, or the forms of life, or
the genius of Man or even his goodness. Thus far practical experimentation has failed to modify the
fundamental characteristic of even the most humble plant. Human suffering, vice and war, although they may
momentarily abate, recur from age to age with an increasing virulence. even the striving after progress
contributes to the sum of evil: to effect change is to undermine the painfully established
traditional order whereby the distress of living creature is reduced to a minimum. What innovator has not re-tapped the springs of blood and tears? For the sake of human tranquility, in the name of Fact, and in the
defense of the sacred Established Order, the immobilists forbid the earth to move. Nothing changes,
they say or can change. The raft must drift purposelessly on a shoreless sea.
But the other half of mankind, startled by the lookouts cry has left the huddle
where the rest of the crew sit with their heads together telling time honored tales.
over the dark sea, they study for themselves the lapping of waters long the hull of the craft that bears them,
breath the scents born to them on the breeze, gaze at the shadows cast from pole to pole by a changeless
eternity. And for these all
things, while remaining separately the same the ripple of water, the scent
of the air, the lights in the sky become linked together and acquire a new sense: the fixed and random
Universe is seen to move.
No one who has seen this vision can be restrained from guarding and proclaiming
it. To testify to my Faith in it, and to show reasons, is my purpose here.
My comment: I hope these abstractions
from Bach and Chardin's thought will begin to operate so that a similar
understanding of the 'common denominators' of the two books becomes available to
you, to think about.
The 'literal sense' as I refer to it is quite different
than you understand it, I don't know if I could explain it except that it may
not be operative in you at this time, then again it may be what causes you to
experience 'highlighted moments, events, etc'.
I did not
know anything about Oriental philosophies (except what
I'd read in Men Who Walked With God, just before I
chanced to read The Spirit of the Valley by Suki
Colegrave. The ideas in both books were new to me but The Spirit of the Valley
made such an impact on me because as a female I had experienced a literalness in
how the qualities of a male in my life, are distinctly separated from the
female's. The history of the world manifests certain
points of very great changes, indirectly visible but
Chardin knew the greatest change was beginning in his
time, when so many great authors wrote about what they
The Eastern way of speaking of 'feminine principles' and 'masculine principles' was not literally about
males and females, but about attributes, qualities,
aspects, etc, I believe. At a point in Time, a crystallization apparently rendered them into
categories of 'weak/strong' and 'me/not me'. It was not my experience that any
male would want to have feminine qualities or habits. I met some interesting
examples at work, of how males spoke about females, openly then, but in 2011,
its not possible to speak so openly. 888888888
Viggo Mortensen quote:
What is Wyrd?
By Arlea Æðelwyrd Hunt-Anschütz
Copyright © by A. Æ. Hunt-Anschütz 2000
One ramification of Wyrd in personal human terms is
that our past (both our ancestry and our personal
history) affects us continually. Who we are, where we
are, and what we are doing today is dependent on
actions we have taken in the past and actions others
have taken in the past which have affected us in some
way. And every choice we make in the present builds
upon choices we have previously made.
The philosopher Schopenhauer voiced the notion that
"our lives are somehow irresistibly shaped into a
coherent whole by forces beyond our conscious
will". He believed that neither chance events nor
inborn character were enough to explain the
consistency and direction in the life course of an
individual, and so he postulated "the intention of
Fate" to explain this controlling force in our lives.
Many people have equated the notion of Wyrd with this
sort of "fate" concept, and the Norns with the Moerae
or Parcae, the Greek and Roman Fates. However, to do
so is to ignore the constant interplay between
personal Wyrd and universal Wyrd and the role we each
play in creating our own destiny.
Transcendent speculation upon an apparent intention in
the life of an individual:
Campbell, who observed that the experiences and illuminations of childhood
and early youth become in later life the types, standards and
patterns of all subsequent knowledge and experience, or as it
were, the categories according to which all later things are
classified—not always consciously, however. And so it is that in
our childhood years the foundation is laid of our later
view of the world, and with that, our perception of
its superficiality or depth: it will be in later years
unfolded and fulfilled, not essentially changed.
We all experience many freakish and unexpected events you have to be open to suffering a little. The
philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the
randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate
of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When
you are an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this
rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it
better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself,
you see it more clearly than anyone”
Transcendent speculation upon an apparent intention in
the life of an individual
MOYERS: So the experience of God is beyond
description, but we feel compelled to try to describe
CAMPBELL: That’s right. Schopenhauer, in his splendid
essay called "On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of
the Individual," points out that when you reach an
advanced age and look back over your lifetime, it can
seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as
though composed by some novelist. Events that when
they occurred had seemed accidental and of little
moment turn out to have been indispensable factors in
the composition of a consistent plot.
So who composed that plot? Schopenhauer suggests that just as your
dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which
your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole
life is composed by the will within you. And just as
people whom you will have met apparently by mere
chance became leading agents in the structuring of
your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly
as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others,
The whole thing gears together like one big symphony,with everything unconsciously structuring everything
else. And Schopenhauer concludes that it is as though
our lives were the features of the one great dream of
a single dreamer in which all the dream characters
dream, too; so that everything links to everything
else, moved by the one will to life which is the
universal will in nature.
Below is a paragraph that I noticed in "War In Heaven" by
Charles Williams. It's a fictional book by an unusual author, recognized for his
ability to create eerily real experiences of the supernatural
in his stories. I selected it to make a point about a function
of mind that I experienced myself, as an 'abstracting sense' because it
functioned as a kind of mental
highlighter, selecting this paragraph from the book. Read the paragraph through. Then
read only the highlighted words.
"When Mr. Batesby had spoken that morning
had seemed as if two streams
of things, actual events and his own meditations had flowed gently
together; as if not he but
Life were solving the problem in the natural process of the world. He reminded himself now that such a
simplicity was unlikely; explanations did
not lucidly arise from mere
accidents and present themselves as all but an ordered whole.
This is an accurate description of the process itself,
the pattern itself that caused me to begin to experience the abstracted content
as though I was being talked to, instructed at times about information related
to what I was thinking about, reading and some detail of whatever I was doing at the time. I had to discover that
association, it was not an easy task. The awareness that what I was doing
physically and mentally was being 'said' to me was not easy to trust even when it was
obvious after years of 'events' in my real life situations. Oddly, it's the interaction of opposites to create a
fact, a truth that described to me in exact words how a personalized life
flow can be noticed.
(My first real encounter with the process happened when I
read a few paragraphs in The Weaver of Dreams by Myrtle Reed, a book authored in
1909 which are on this page further down. The shock I felt when I read the words
that described two kinds of people was real and puzzling to me, but it worked
like a highlighter to abstract them from embeddedness in the book. They
described a detail about my actual situation at the time I read the words but I
did not suspect that then. Years of events had to happen to reveal that
attribute of so called 'synchronicities'.)
Myrtle Reed: The Weaver of Dreams 1909
From The Weaver of Dreams on page 175 by Myrtle
Reed,. It's a fictional book that
I read in the early
1980's. It was written when C. G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, P. D. Ouspensky, G. I.
Gurdjieff, quantum physicists were 'discovering' what was implied by the
discoveries of non-Euclidean geometries, i.e. that the physical world is
maintained by and derived by 'another level' of energy. In this paragraph she formulates an idea about 'man'
that exceeds anything authored by any of the preceding masculine 'discovers'!
don't believe you can live with other people and not absorb something from their
ways of thinking and manner of expressing themselves. Moreover Aunt Cynthia has
a very penetrating personality."
strong natures have." Chandler answered.
"Some people are shaped wholly by their
environment, as plastic material conforms to the receptacle in which it is
placed. Others mould their environment to meet the demands of individuality."
be done?" asked Judith, thoughtfully.
if one is strong enough. From mysterious sources we draw to ourselves that which
we require or expect. If a tree may lift into it's trunk the materials for sap
and fibre, and if the moon may control the tides
why should not thought which is the most
wonderful and powerful of forces bring that which we require or expect into
one's daily life, if not the absolute control of circumstances."
" From mysterious sources we draw to
ourselves that which we require or expect. If a tree may lift into it's trunk
the materials for sap and fibre, and if the moon may control the tides why
should not thought which is the most wonderful and powerful of forces bring
that which we require or expect into one's daily life, if not the absolute control of circumstances?."
The words 'require' and 'expect' are of very great significance, because
the 'expectations' of the 'observer' have recently been identified as important,
in regards to scientific experiments. Theodore Reik's statement that "No studies
have been done about the effects of one person's unconsciousness on another."
may be understood to be a description of what happens now in normal life. Self
observation and self knowledge is almost impossible to achieve, but in life a
process and a pattern attempts to create that information, its a real 'life
This was the first
experience I had in which reading words in a book caused a body response that I
could not name, nor see a reason for happening when I read them for the first time
in a book. Fifteen years later I realized they described a situation I was
just beginning to experience, a 'bond' with another person, and that person
already had a 'bond' of sorts with his family and the European contents of written history. History as I
had to discover and live through myself is his story. There is no female content
in history but I didn't suspect that when I read the book. The first sentence was really
a statement to me, being
'said' to me but I could not have recognized it. What happened for years in my
daily life was somewhat similar, and it seemed the planet itself explained much that I didn't understand because
I knew so little about 'psychiatry', or much of anything else from 'books'
Its 2017, the 3rd day of January and I'm 85 as of yesterday. I
re-read John C Woodcock's essay, Sewing His Own Garments. Near the end of the
story I re-read this few paragraphs, which in my opinion described what is
happening now in the psychic reality that creates the mysterious contact between
the human race,individually and collectively: I believe the comic book heros,
the science fictions that I read when I was a young girl, the movies that depict
Ancient and medieval times and myths is all the evidence any one requires as
"So far I have shown that a certain telos of Being is taking
place in which fictional reality is beginning to penetrate our ordinary
empirical reality, gaining equal ontological status as empirical reality but
remaining as fictional reality. This is an autonomous process, not
human-driven. We could call it the autonomous process of the objective psyche.
While we remain unconscious of our personal tendencies towards passivity,
identification, and possession, these autonomous processes of the objective
psyche emerge into the world in grotesque forms, as Charles Williams writes so
beautifully and graphically.17 A stark example of this lies in well-established
governmental foreign policy strategies. Action on the international stage is
based on “worse-case scenarios”, images of the future, that, when acted out
lead to disaster after disaster. Our
identification with unconscious terrors coupled with our desire for power and
control brings about “grotesque forms in the world” as Barfield says. The way of
the "artist" demands that the artist is relatively free of such unconsciousness
before she can participate with the autonomous processes of the objective
psyche. Love can then be the basis of action, as fresh connections (an erotic
power) are made between the spontaneous gifts of the psyche that can be received
in their own terms, uncontaminated by the unconscious desires of the ego and
John Woodcock wrote this few paragraphs in his booklet, Sewing
His Own Garment it resonated in my thoughts and experiences: So far I have
shown that a certain telos of Being is taking place in which fictional reality
is beginning to penetrate our ordinary empirical reality, gaining equal
ontological status as empirical reality but remaining as fictional reality.16
This is an autonomous process, not human-driven. We could call it the autonomous
process of the objective psyche. While we remain unconscious of our personal
tendencies towards passivity, identification, and possession, these autonomous
processes of the objective psyche emerge into the world in grotesque forms, as
Charles Williams writes so beautifully and graphically.17 A stark example of
this lies in well-established governmental foreign policy strategies. Action on
the international stage is based on “worse-case scenarios”, images of the
future, that, when acted out unconsciously, Page 21 of 22 lead to disaster after
disaster. Our identification with unconscious terrors coupled with our desire
for power and control brings about “grotesque forms in the world” as Barfield
says. The way of the "artist" demands that the artist is relatively free of such
unconsciousness before she can participate with the autonomous processes of the
objective psyche. Love can then be the basis of action, as fresh connections (an
erotic power) are made between the spontaneous gifts of the psyche that can be
received in their own terms, uncontaminated by the unconscious desires of the
to her that he was ready to live and die for emotional errors as women did, but
that like most men he did not call them emotional errors; he called them
history, philosophy, metaphysics, science."
The Four Chambered Heart
The example from Charles Williams became:
seemed as if two streams of things, actual events and his/her own meditations, had
flowed gently together. As if Life were solving the problem in
the natural process of the world. Explanations did lucidly arise from mere
accidents and present themselves as all but an ordered whole."
A process of 'abstraction' is what I hope to explain.
The word 'abstraction' describes the process of finding and lifting out of
embeddedness the information relevant to the idea, which was itself abstracted
from embeddedness in two books I read when I was a young woman.
My life theme was a 'central idea' that I had to
discover in the years after 1984, when I was 52 years old. The idea is
contained in that quotation, but I read it only about a decade ago, that
was in the late 1990s. I knew nothing about philosophy and history although I
was named the class philosopher in 1950 when I graduated! In 2000 I went
to the 50th year of the class of 1950, the alumna gathering of my class. But even then I was not fully aware of how
'my central idea' related to a 'secret about the insane, just around the corner,
just out of sight'. The secret as I had to discover is about the 'kingdom of
heaven, which is within you' and a language that can create its own meaning from
an individual's life content. It's a process that identifies an individual
specifically and synchronizes events, 'interfaces' with that individual
I was in my fifties when my 'central idea' was made known to me,
the idea had been formed independent from my own will, in a
subtle but visible(barely)process from two books I'd read, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by ThorntonWilder and Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.
I had without
knowing it, already been living the 'life' of characters described in
Greek myths and stories that I didn't realize had psychological interpretations
after Freud created the modern psychiatric realm of information. That 'history'
as I had to discover is his story, and had nothing to do with me as a real
person. Stereotypes and patterns have changed radically since 1984 when I began
to experience the empty nest syndrome, and newer patterns associated with
advances in technology, such as 'real men don't ask directions'.
After 1984 I lived the life of Echo
literally. 'Echo' who repeated the last words Narcissus said to his
reflection in a pool was the first Greek goddess's personality that I recognized
I was living. But one of my
grandparents had actually called me Juno, because June is my middle name. The
literalness of a myth, a fictional man that could not recognize his own reflection (thought) as
his own, and about himself (at times, this is not a constant) was and is a real part of my actual life drama and is my central idea.
Projection is a mechanism of mind that the Greeks knew
about: "If a bull created a picture of God it would look like a bull." E. R.
Dodds, Greeks and the Irrational.
Thought is a reflection and there are in the mind mechanisms that alter the
direction of material world impressions that produce thought. One mechanism creates for a time, self reference,
self observation and overall a real life re-view, literally if a person can
learn to get the 'messages'. That is a temporary phase on a continuum, at least
that's been my experience, its a continuum that is probably like a moebius band.
It was real world circumstances in my life that caused me (I
don't believe I'm unusual) to live the fact of Pandora, Cassandra, and finally
Athena, who was born fully grown from a man's head. The condition of
participation mystique created a new mind in 'me', a kind of immaculate
conception that may have been described in Greek stories, in myths, epics and
The following quotation is from
Aeschylus drama, The Eumenides. The 'child of Olympian Zeus' refers to
Athena, who sprang fully grown from Zeus, her fathers' 'head'. This
quotation refers to a fact that I became aware of in my life, about the process
of individuation. There are other names for the same process, regeneration was
Emanuel Swedenborg's name and it is accurate literally. This selection of
quotations is one aspect of how it occurred in this life, mine. I had to discover
every fact and concept but basically the thing described its self and what I was
actually doing, many times exactly and precisely but always in some detail or
concept. Immaculate conception may be explained:
[Lines 657-666] I will explain this, too, and see how correctly I will speak. The mother
of what is called her child is not the parent, but the nurse of the newly-sown
The one who mounts is the
parent, whereas she, as a stranger for a stranger, preserves the young plant,
if the god does not harm it. And I will show you proof of what I say:
might exist without a mother. A witness is here at hand, the child of Olympian
Zeus, who was not nursed in the darkness of a womb, and she is such a child as
no goddess could give birth to.
Recently I read some articles about how the gender of an
embryo is determined, and develops. I'd read that all embryos are female in the
beginning but that's a major digression to write about at this point. These
quotations came to me over a span of almost 30 years, today is June 26,
C. G. Jung, 1934:
The great events of world history are at bottom profoundly
unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the
individual. This alone makes history. Here alone do the great
transformations first take place
and the whole future, the
whole history of the
world ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources: in
individuals. In our most private and subjective lives
we are not only
the passive witness of our age and its suffers
but also it’s makers. We make our
Following an introduction to what happened
in my mind in 1984 are some quotations that came to me over a span of 4
decades, between 1970 and 2011. They help me to remember how a 'whole idea' as
well as how it was 'discovered' was revealed to me, in fragments after
1984 when I had my first 'mindquake'. That was a package of memories from my
past that told a story to me about my life, in a flash of time. But there was
much information that was not visible to me immediately. The experiences in my
life during the next 5 years provided situations and circumstances that caused
me to see a relationship to certain thought content that I couldn't articulate,
then to the events in my daily life and the content of the first mindquake. What
I was doing physically was described to me, several times!
In 1989 I had 2 smaller mindquakes that linked to the first
one as well as to my family history, to experiences other than my own, that
family members had in their past. I could relate to those mindquakes when they
happened, because I'd travelled a distance in the mind that I didn't suspect
existed. I saw how the contents of depths of mind are embedded. It was
obvious a pattern in Time was at work in our lives. The irony is that I
recognized what was at work myself but I didn't have the kind of language I
needed to describe it when I went into 'therapy'. What happened in my first
session is almost beyond description now because so much has changed since 1984.
Psychiatric terms and a degree of information of what they mean is everywhere
now, in news, movies, television shows. Few people read the history and origin
of modern psychology and know about its connection to the past.
The words and information I needed came to me but I had
to recognize that was happening in a form that was at times literally a real
shock to me. It began when a sprinkling of events affected my body, then after
1984 a flood of the same kind of events nearly overwhelmed me. Then the planet
or some 'other' seemed to speak through what others in my life and objects that
use words were doing and saying. I noticed slowly that
streams of things, actual events and my own meditations, .... flowed gently
together........ as if ....... Life were solving the problem in
the natural process of the world........explanations did .....lucidly arise from mere
accidents and present themselves as all but an ordered whole."
The 1984 package included information
about my life as well as how information was created in fragments, abstracted from every day
life situations using my memory and understanding of my past, and certain people
who acted as though we were all working on the same idea after 1980!
But a fragment was sometimes an entire book or several books; an example is
Theodore Reik especially because several of his books had critical information
in them. William Glasser is another example. His 'Stations of the Mind'
introduced me to an idea I'd not thought about ever, even once in my life: that
there is a part of the mind that seems to pre-'view' information then
select what to admit to consciousness, to maintain comfort and avoid anxiety.
The 'whole idea' was planted in my mind when I was very young,
it developed in a visible activity of my mind that selected a few moments in my
life, then retrieving those memories so that I noticed them, then became curious
about them, individually, not linking them together. The re-occurring memories
were a foundation laid down in advance of when I could understand them.
It is evidence to me that there is a way to communicate with 'man' from another 'world'
outside of 'normal' experience. These
quotations help but do not explain the processes of mind, how attention is
guided, held almost captive and how information grows, how understanding
changes. Some of these quotations point to but do not explain mental processes
that operate mechanically but efficiently in a visible way on material world
content that is unique to every individual.
The quotation from Charles William's War in Heaven is a precise description of the process of life
hidden behind the shadow of ordinary 'rational' experience that 'abstracts out'
certain unique content, particular to the life of that individual. Any author of
a non-fictional book has read many
books but only certain content 'registered' or fitted into the authors' needs.
Almost every one has had someone quote from the bible to prove some point, the
form is very old.
became aware of observing what was going on in my mind, since it was a
visible process also, and distinctly separate from what was outside of my eyes
and body. That was a fact for several years anyway. Arthur Koestler uses different words in his
nonfictional book, The Roots of Coincidence but he writes about the same idea:
The following paragraph seems to me
to be the same idea, written by another person 1600 years later in Time:
From Arcana Coelestia 9407 "But a person who is unable to think on a higher level of understanding,
that is, on a level altogether above material things, cannot grasp any of this,
not even the idea that it is possible for a sense to exist in the Word other
than the one perceived in the letter. If that person is told that the letter
holds within itself a spiritual sense which has to do with truth, and that this
in turn holds within itself a celestial sense which has to do with good, and
also that these senses shine through the literal sense, he will be taken aback
at first, then dismiss the idea as nonsense, and finally ridicule it. Actual
experience has shown me that this is what people are like in the Christian world
at the present day, especially the learned, and that those who reason against
that truth boast of being wiser than those who uphold it. Yet the learning in
earliest times, which were called golden and silver ages, had consisted in
speaking and in writing in ways in which no attention was be paid to the literal
meaning other than to enable hidden wisdom to shine through it, as becomes
perfectly clear from the oldest books, including those by gentile authors, as
well as from fragments in their languages. For their knowledge was primarily the
knowledge of correspondences and the knowledge of representations, which forms
of knowledge at the present day are some of those which have been lost."
The Book of the Soul: The Bible, Rev.
"So that we may conclude that history in its widest sense would be employed as
the vehicle of Revelation. 'Terms, words, things already known to prophet or scribe would be wisely,
deliberately selected by God
and put by God into the preachers' mouth and onto the paper through the scribes'
pen and thus a Divine
parable would be produced. The outward form and language drawn from the human
mind: the inward thought
and meaning from the mind of God. I say even so do we teach and educate
our children and each other. From
the known to the unknown: by the concrete to the abstract: through the natural
to the spiritual. And
therefore in making a Revelation to man, God would use and could use only
the language already available.
But God would use it, not to tell us about any historical person or event or
subject; but to inform
us concerning Himself, His nature, the human soul and concerning the
connection and the relationship between
Himself and humanity the prime and constant fact of our existence."
C. G. Jung: writing about 'patterns' although he named them
'archetypes', energized and 'affective' patterns that arose in Time. . I believe a pattern has to be
named a pattern, and it's mechanical operation consciously understood. .
"There are as
many archetypes as there are typical situations in life. Endless repetition has
engraved these experiences into our psychic constitution, not in the form of
images filled with content, but at first only as forms without content,
representing merely the possibility of a certain type of perception and action.
When a situation occurs which corresponds to a given archetype that archetype
becomes activated and a compulsiveness appears, which, like an instinctual
drive, gains its way against all reason and will, or else produces a conflict of
pathological dimensions, that is to say, a neurosis."
Emerson, from his essay The Oversoul: I wish I could describe what
happened to me as I read these words for the first time, probably in 1985 or
thereabouts. The problems in my life were explained to me when I first read this
essay. But the literal words seemed to speak directly to me also.
The things that are really for
thee gravitate to thee. You are running to seek your friend. Let your feet run,
but your mind need not. ………O, believe, as thou livest, that every sound that is
spoken over the round world, which thou oughtest to hear, will vibrate on thine
ear! Every proverb, every book, every byword that belongs to thee for aid or
comfort, shall surely come home through open or winding passages. Every friend
whom not thy fantastic will, but the great and tender heart in thee craveth,
shall lock thee in his embrace. And this, because the heart in thee is the heart
of all; not a valve, not a wall, not an intersection is there anywhere in
nature, but one blood rolls uninterruptedly an endless circulation through all
men, as the water of the globe is all one sea, and, truly seen, its tide is
….So come I
to live in thoughts, and act with energies, which are immortal. Thus revering
the soul, and learning, as the ancient said, that "its beauty is immense," man
will come to see that the world is the perennial miracle which the soul worketh,
and be less astonished at particular wonders; he will learn that there is no
profane history; that all history is sacred; that the universe is represented in
an atom, in a moment of time. He will weave no longer a spotted life of shreds
and patches, but he will live with a divine unity. He will cease from what is
base and frivolous in his life, and be content with all places and with any
service he can render. He will calmly front the morrow in the negligency of that
trust which carries God with it, and so hath already the whole future in the
bottom of the heart….Emerson, The Oversoul
excerpt from: "The Politics of Experience" by R.D. Laing, chapter 3
The Mystification of Experience
It is not
enough to destroy one's own and other people's experience. One must overlay this
devastation by a false consciousness inured, as Marcuse puts it, to its own
must not be seen as such. It must be seen as benevolence. Persecution preferably
should not need to be invalidated as the figment of a paranoid imagination; it
should be experienced as kindness. Marx described mystification and showed its
function in his day. Orwell's time is already with us. The colonists not only
mystify the natives, in the way that Fanon so clearly shows, they have to
mystify themselves. We in
Europe and North America are
the colonists, and in order to sustain our amazing images of ourselves as God's
gift to the vast majority of the starving human species, we have to interiorize
our violence upon ourselves and our children and to employ the rhetoric of
morality to describe this process.
In order to
rationalize our industrial military complex, we have to destroy our capacity to
see clearly any more what is in front of, and to imagine what is beyond, our
noses. Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste
to our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in
time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would
see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them
into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.'s, if possible.
moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the twentieth century mother,
the baby is subjected to those forces of violence, called love, as its mother
and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These
forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on
the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is
fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half crazed creature
more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.
violence, properly speaking, are polar opposites. Love lets the other be, but
with affection and concern. Violence attempts to constrain the other's freedom,
to force him to act in the way we desire, but with ultimate lack of concern,
with indifference to the other's own existence or destiny.
effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.
Nash (Russell Crowe), A Beautiful Mind.
" I've always
believed in numbers. In the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after
a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, what truly is logic? Who decides reason?
quest has taken me through
the metaphysical, the delusional, and back.
And I have made the most important
discovery of my career. The most important discovery of my life. It is only in
the mysterious equations of love, that any logical reasons can be found."