Wholeness, Fragmentation and Dionysus

David Bohm's book, "Wholeness and the Implicate Order," explores the problem of fragmentation in human thought and consciousness. Along with a very thorough analysis of why the problem of fragmentation exists, he also provides suggestions for undoing what he calls "habits of thought" which limit our ability to perceive wholes, or to even be aware …

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Love and Beauty

...for a poet is a light and winged thing, and holy, and never able to compose until he has become inspired, and is beside himself, and reason is no longer in him. Plato Let's start at the end. What gives us joy, reason, meaning, and a feeling of being alive, connected, loved and loving? Is …

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The Story So Far

Case history: our public, outer life, a collection of facts, figures, biography and stats. Soul history: the private interiority of identity, memory, feeling, reflections, dreams and beliefs. In his book, Healing Fiction, James Hillman says: "We can regard history from the viewpoint of soul. By carefully collating what happened, history digests events, moving them from …

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The Names of God

In reading Henry Corbin's book, Alone with the Alone, I am being introduced to Sufism in the writings of Ibn Arabi. I can feel its influence seeping into the layers of my being, radiating with joy for yet one more way to understand the nature of myself and the Cosmos. Tom Cheetham says in a …

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Spirits in the Material World

Having recently revisited James Hillman's book, The Dream and the Underworld, I was excited to read Jeremy Kessler's article in the New Atlantis on Nathaniel Hawthorne's work, "The Hall of Fantasy," in which he proposes that those who would dwell too long in the imaginative world of fantasy are susceptible to the pursuit of a single-minded …

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