..the universe in a grain of sand…

  ".. the notion of 'importance'... is equated with notitia, or taking notice of things. It is like the Japanese exclamation of 'ah-a-ah!' when suddenly touched by beauty. The word aisthesis... refers to the gasp, the 'ah-ha', the 'uh' of the breath of wonder. It is recognition of the 'eachness' of things..." (David Ray Griffin, … Continue reading ..the universe in a grain of sand…

a shadow of my self…

"... man is an enigma to himself." (Jung, The Undiscovered Self) Recent media attention on a certain so-called 'vile' radio personality brings to mind Jung's idea that what we repress, whether individually or collectively, will eventually out.  There is always someone who stands for what we ourselves cannot stand.  There will always be one who'll … Continue reading a shadow of my self…

laughter and power…

"We do know... that repression is the soul of wit, and that sudden laughter represents the breakthrough of the deeply repressed" (James Hillman, Cookbook, 78) We love to laugh, we humans.  The best kinds of laughs are also the worst - coming at inappropriate times, in inappropriate places; making us behave inappropriately.  There are all … Continue reading laughter and power…

small tasks and great work…

"The aim of reduction is not to stay stuck to the nigredo, nose in the dirt but..to come to 'the essential, the quintessence of one's nature'.."  (James Hillman, Silver) In alchemy the nigredo or first stage of the opus involves blackening, putrifaction and the breaking down of matter to its most basic parts.  Things get … Continue reading small tasks and great work…

Neptune dreaming…

"The work on dreams follows the work of dreams. We work on the dream, not to unravel it as Freud said, to undo the dream work's undoing, but to respond to its work with the likeness of our work, all the while aiming to speak like the dream, imagine like the dream."  (James Hillman, Dream … Continue reading Neptune dreaming…

discipline and freedom…

"..because eternity is changeless, that which is governed only the puer does not age.  So, too, it has no maturing organic face that shows the bite of time." (James Hillman,  Senex and Puer 23-26) Day after day spent doing paid work followed by evenings of unpaid work are not conducive to feelings of freedom and … Continue reading discipline and freedom…

bibliomancy for a full moon in Taurus…

The mighty, clever monkey has been imprisoned. He throws off his golden chains and returns to his mountain home, joyous and free once more. (freed at last from the chains of greed, you return to the wild freedom of the heart) Kuan Yin Oracle, 36 - Monkey on a Golden Chain, translated by Steven Karcher