Hell and Heaven
This is no longer about the BPW, but about how to unify Aristotle’s dualistic division of spirt and matter.
Some notes from the Green Man Book Dan and I are reading...
Mystical Imaginative Metaphysics shows that Man becomes all things by NOT understanding them, for when he does not understand, he merges and becomes them by transforming himself into them.
Smelly goat is my own example of transforming into them.
This is the other half of the pie you have to catch up on.
Education here on OMF is not training in technique, but initiation into the mystery.
When Reason is your God, the repressed returns, monstrous, titanic.
This is what the UFO phenomena is about.
Myths or mythic moves, open spaces. Rational accounts limit them. But this is necessary. Both are necessary. We are living in the post Enlightenment age where we live amidst the wreckage of the spilt between the Rational and Irrational.
Science is limit!!!!!!
It is the mythic experience, the mythic imagination that opens, reveals depth and mystery, which places the human in the context of the nonhuman, and so, forces retreat, humility, and awe, in spaces beyond our will.
Active imagination is the key.
Consider the following triad of First Principles: Mythos, Topos and Logos. The function of myth is to open, to reveal depth, complexity, mystery, and enigma, and the connections to the nonhuman.
Topic: Place. The pre-Socratics associated any kind of being with spatial existence—all being has a place.
Logos: This is speech and word, a rational account, a true account, distinguished from myth.
Hell is right here, and today we live in it; together we make it up. There are only two ways to avoid suffering in this hell. The first way out is easy for most people: Let he’ll be, live it up, and stop noticing it. The second way is risky. It demands constant attentive curiosity to find out who and what in the midst of this hell is not part of it, so as to make it last by giving space to it.
So we are making our way through Hell together.
Only those who recognize the nightmare of non-discrete space can regain the certainty of their own intimacy and thereby dwell in the presence of one another.
Until then you are a muppet.
After, you are a shape shifting muppet released from the Rational only trap.
We have come to the end of materialism. We have no more places in which to dwell, only spaces in which to move.
Irrationality is not safe, there are mirages and illusions and DAIMONS here.
The imaginary can be innocuous, but the imaginal never is. Materialist empiricism is more dangerous though, because it pretends to be safe, controlling. The World is not safe.
We appear in Psyche and must reconnect and participate with it using pathos seen in Corbin’s Creative Imagination, Blake’s Jesus as Imagination or Coleridge’s Primary Imagiation.
Matter and space are generated together. We uncover in the mythic space, in Psyche, the primal conjunction of the concrete and the uncertain; the fecundity of the void.
It is just here, at this origin, where mystery and certainty coincide, where the waters and the earth divide, where the symmetries are broken and the metaphoric and the literal separate, where we cannot keep our balance—it is here, in the realm of the inhuman, both divine and Daimonic, where meaning is born.
This is the Mundus Imaginalis of Corbin. And we cannot keep our balance. Myth gives way to Reason. Revelation to Orthodoxy and Fundamentalism. Empiricism must begin. This empiricism demands an attention and a sensibility for the subtleties we have largely lost.
Prescenses then, not just motions; forms, not explanations.
Jung writes the psyche we appear in creates reality every day. It is not in our heads, we exist in it.
If we want to make sense of the cosmos, of rocks and persons both, we must make moves that seem ridiculous to modern, hard-headed materialists. To recover our senses, or sense of what matters, to breath once more the life of the world, we must move not toward matter as we have come to conceive it, as it’s masters, but, seemingly, away. We’ve been pushing matter around for a long time now. It pushes back now apocalyptically.
Let me be explicit about what I intend. First, what we think of as reality is a restriction, an immense constriction of existence. Second, scientific materialism is non-sense, and acceptance of its premises leaves us insensate. We must be willing to except the reality of depth psychology’s psyche, of Corbin‘s mundus imaginalis, of the soul of the world. Or, if that seems to exotic, recall Blake and Coleridge in the romantic claims for the primacy of the imagination.
I wonder if you all really know what Dan and I are on about here.
We must dance or go mad mad mad!
We are dumb about matter, and we are hopelessly muddled about things spiritual. Technological metaphors and technical literalisms are undermining the very possibility of experiencing ourselves as whole persons.
We rush headlong into the oblivion of Progress and information and finally Apocalypse. Existence of persons requires transcendence, which is incompatible with public reason.
We are deluded into believing that knowledge reveals and illuminates the clear and distinct idea of Truth; that it brings power and control. We are victims of a continuous withdrawal, but this implies the possibility of Return.
All the dualisms of the modern world stem from the loss of the mundus imaginalis for Corbin; matter is cut off from spirt, sensation from iintellection, subject from object, inner from outer, myth from history, the individual from the divine.
This is the channel to stay tuned to folks, the rest is just non-sense.
We have suffered a metaphysical tragedy and this has given rise to modernity and the loss of awareness of the soul of the world.
The Daimon within us is an agent of Active Intellect.
“It is only the things we don’t understand that have any meaning.” - Carl Jung
The Indian thought the white man in US insane driven by restless wanting. Whites think with their heads, the Indian and mystical thinks with their heart.
Corbin writes of the Sufis, the divine descent into form never ceases, nor does their simultaneous rise. Epiphany and Return always happening at once. That’s why the other world already exists in this world, in every moment in relation to every being.
DT Suzuki a Zen Master said with a grin, “see this spoon, this spoon now exists in Paradise...We are now in Heaven.”
Nothing else is worth talking about than this and our work is to activate our active imagination.
Or you are simply lost in non-sense, such is the life of a muppet.