Crazy

“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” is from 1580s; that of “unsound mind,” or behaving so, is from 1610s. If by defining someone as crazy, we mean they’re cracked, the cracks might … Continue reading

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 to the astral plane! “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself…” While reading Feyerabend’s Against Method, I was surprised to see he knew the basics of…

Taxi

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 in our High School auditorium during our senior year that endeared me to his music. Harry, with just an acoustic guitar, gravelly voice and a love … Continue reading

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 of the Jung Platform’s online course. Hosts Patricia Berry and Robert Bosnak focus the discussion on the notions of salt, commonality and substance. I am beginning to see an increased … Continue reading

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 meant about life is the study of dying, that you leave these convictions of certitude about the whole business. I certainly feel lots of that now, … Continue reading

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, and in each moment of everyday? Perhaps it is symbolic of another ongoing kind of birth – the birth that brings renewal throughout our lifetime … Continue reading

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 passage, or taken as prophetic messages. These practices have mostly faded away in cultures where individuality is highly esteemed. As technology enables individuals to sustain … Continue reading

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 no more fundamental or absolute. No one species’s or planet’s deposition has primogeniture or is endorsed by the universe. The same claims are made implicitly by … Continue reading

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 impossibility of ever fully articulating the essence of what transpired between us, I’ll share an experience that relates to what I have been writing and sharing here … Continue reading

Expression

“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 free ourselves for the impossible.” Language Language can be seen as one mode of expressing aspects of the unseen. Through definition we divide and separate the … Continue reading

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 say that they seem to function as representations or signs to decipher and interpret, not just movements of matter to measure and quantify.“ In his … Continue reading

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 enter into the dream’s perspective with the demands of our busy, techno-crazed day world where our sense of self as a separate body, by necessity, dominates, taking precedence over the seemingly … Continue reading

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 to the world, and it is our loss that we have become severed from the vaster life, and have forgotten the expressive depths of language provided by the whole … Continue reading

Revolution

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 could be. Why would the sun, so precious to life, participating in the very gift of our life, revolve around us? Our big Lion King, … Continue reading

I-Me-Mine

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 fosters a battle stance, a duality initiating all future duels? Perhaps fear of the other must finally, as Jung suggested, reduce the gods to diseases, eliminating their … Continue reading

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?” What we know of self and other may only be an immediate perception; a glance, a choice of words or clothing, a smell, or intuitions … Continue reading

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 the idea, near and dear to my heart, that ecstatic states are not necessarily limited to transcendent, meditative states that one patiently works years to experience, but … Continue reading

Dreamland

“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 dream states, or attention to dreams leads to an interest in liminal, non-ordinary states, or a mix of both, is unclear. Perhaps it’s the persuasive … Continue reading

Character

“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 more lasting image.” James Hillman If I have felt compelled towards living life closer to the margins, seeking out what is obscure, liminal, or for … Continue reading

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 speech titled, Athene, Ananke, and the Necessity of Abnormal Psychology. Here, I would like to continue on with Hillman’s insights into the significant role the goddess Athena plays … Continue reading

Carry On

Originally posted on The Ptero Card:
“A certain kind of courage is required to follow what truly calls to us; why else would so many choose to live within false certainties and pretensions of security? If genuine treasures were easy to find this world would be a different place. If the path of dreams was…

Primordial Necessity

My impatient fate Approaches me, Stepping zealously On the air. It approaches me quietly, Without noise, It comes from The remote area. And I feel That in no time, It’ll open With its burning fingers The sacred, the whitest Door of mine. Tsira Gogeshvili “Original Sin is accounted for by the sin in the Originals. Humans … Continue reading

In the Beginning…

…was the Word One of the insights gathered from studying and attending to the nature of language is to see how close to the body and physical senses everyday language and speech is. The word language itself is derived from the latin “lingua,” or tongue. When speaking of our native tongue, we might say that we have two … Continue reading

…and in the end

“The love you take is equal to the love you make.” Lennon/McCartney These thoughts, or contemplations, touch upon my belief about beliefs, and the nature of belief, and aim at peering into what, rather than how, or why, we have and hold them near and dear to our hearts, as endings or sometimes, necessary visits along the way. … Continue reading