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“Songbirds sing. That is fact, not metaphor. They sing, and in the forest every morning, when a dozen or a hundred or a thousand individuals of six or ten or … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 11 Comments

Imaginal Love

[Although I never planned to take this long of a break from WordPress, I have been finding it difficult to make time for writing and reading here. I can’t, not … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 16 Comments

“My Soul is Dark” by Lord Byron

Originally posted on Stuff Jeff Reads:
Lord Byron My soul is dark – Oh! quickly string The harp I yet can brook to hear; And let thy gentle fingers fling…

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Class Notes – Session Twelve

“Enter alchemy – thing-words, image-words, craft-words. The five supposed sources of alchemy are each a technology. Each is a handwork physically grappling with sensate materials: (1) Metallurgy and Jewelry: mining, heating, … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 29 Comments


“Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be breakthrough.” —Psychologist R. D. Laing. crazy (adj.)1570s, “diseased, sickly,” from craze + -y (2). Meaning “full of cracks or flaws” … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 27 Comments

Feyerabend and the Transition to the Dream State

Originally posted on PlaneTalk:
I return to the roots of PlaneTalk and talk about altered states of consciousness.  I was surprised to discover that Paul Feyerabend knew how to get…

January 24, 2015 · 5 Comments


If it weren’t for two of my dear High School friends, I may not have this story to tell about singer, songwriter, Harry Chapin. But it was their invitation to go see him perform … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 18 Comments

Class Notes – Session Eleven

“The Suffering of Salt, Toward a Substantial Psychology,” is the title of chapter three of James Hillman’s book, Alchemical Psychology, and the starting point for the first class of year two … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 6 Comments

‘Alone with the Alone': Henry Corbin and Visionary Experience

Originally posted on Conversations with Don Machinga and Other Beings:
Ayahuma by Javier Iglesias Algora. Found at: Nearly everyone drinking ayahuasca wants to have, and generally likes to have,…

January 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

After Life

“It’s almost as if you have to spend your whole life disengaging from your life, disengaging from the supposed reality of your living. I think that’s what Spinoza and Socrates … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 32 Comments

The Holy Birthing 2014

This post is an updated version of a post from Christmas 2013: What is it that is born, again and again – on Christmas day and in each new life, … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 15 Comments

Dreaming With Lemurs

Dreams mean different things to people according to culture, time and place. For tribal cultures, dreams were often revered by being incorporated into the life of its members through rites of … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 17 Comments

The Edge of the Universe

“Western reality has no prerogative or supremacy over other brands. It may be the present operating system for modernity on Earth, but its roots are no more rooted, its arising … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 22 Comments

The Green Man

Having just returned from attending a four day Dream Retreat, I want to share a little about the experience I had there. Out of respect for the tribe that gathered, and the … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 35 Comments


“In culture, any culture, we are bound to that which is deemed possible. In the comparative imagination that can relate consciousness to culture and culture to consciousness, we begin to … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 27 Comments

Sacred Transgressions

“Although paranormal phenomena certainly involve material processes, they are finally organized around signs and meaning. To use the technical terms, they are semiotic and hermeneutical phenomena . Which is to … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 34 Comments

Dream Tribes

Could it be possible that dreams contain a level of knowledge not available to our conscious awareness? Who then, is the dreamer, and what is the dream? How can we … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 31 Comments

Wild Child

“Among oral people’s, language functions not simply to dialogue with other humans, but also to converse with the more than human cosmos. Words do not speak about the world, they speak … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 20 Comments


Once upon a time, some men believed that the sun revolved around them. Then one day, here and there, some very brave men decided they wanted to know how true we … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 15 Comments


Is it the fear of what is other, the initial recognition of duality, that tempt us further into categorizations of duality? Is individuality, that necessary movement for freedom of action, what … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · 16 Comments

The Unseen I

“The unseen eye remind me of a midnight dream You know it remind me of somebody I have never seen” Sonny Boy Williamson What is meant when we say, “I?” … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 25 Comments

Say Yes Quickly

Below is one of my favorite poems by Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi. This one is a translation by the American poet, Coleman Barks.There is an interview with Coleman here, in which he speaks to … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 16 Comments


“Myth is the dream of the people – the dream is the myth of the individual” Herbert Silberer Whether my attraction to liminal states comes from a lifelong interest in … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 18 Comments


“A man’s character is his fate.” Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC), On the Universe “If the final purpose of aging is character, then character finishes life, polishes it into a … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 43 Comments

Crystal Blue Persuasion

In the latter part of my recent post, Primordial Necessity, I offered some reflections on Ananke and the idea of Necessity as a compelling force, which are based on James Hillman’s Eranos Conference … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

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