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Only Symbols or Silence

I “The anthropologist Paul Radin points out that … ‘it must be explicitly recognized that in temperament and in capacity for logical and symbolical thought, there is no difference between civilized and primitive man,’ and as to ‘progress,’ that none … Continue reading

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Black Holes: A Silent, Secret Essence

  I.“He had begun by speaking of mines and metals, of gold and diamonds and all precious elements buried deep in the earth, but now, without my knowing how, he had ranged out into the depths of space, and was … Continue reading

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The Blessings of Darkness and Light: Tribute to Khalil Gibran

I.“Now I know that I am the sphere, and all life in rhythmic fragments moves within me.” “The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you.” “Love … Continue reading

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In the Heart of the Supreme Mind: Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

Johfra, “Hermes Trismegistus” In The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, I came across the following passage, which I found very illuminating: “Before the visible universe was formed its mold was cast. This mold was called the Archetype, and … Continue reading

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The Private Self

  William Turner, “Choir of Salisbury Cathedral” “Bene vixit, bene qui latuit.” (To live well is to live concealed) Ovid An article on Virginia Woolf’s idea of privacy written by Joshua Rothman has caught my attention recently. The author quotes from … Continue reading

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The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

Part of the difficulty of understanding and describing the feminine is her very elusive nature, the veil that surround her, as well as our patriarchal repression and denial of her wisdom and power. Also the ancient feminine mysteries, her initiations … Continue reading

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The Myriad Forms of Meaning

Image via http://thenewforty.areavoices.com/files/2012/01/spectrum.jpg The following is a beautiful excerpt from a book by Ray Grasse, The Waking Dream: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of Our Lives. In mythological terms, the process of which the myriad forms of meaning unfold from their … Continue reading

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The Knight’s Feet in Soft Slippers

Keanu Reeves, seems perfect to have played Hamlet Hamlet is such a famous and celebrated play that it was dubbed a ‘collection of quotes.’ Who has not heard: “This above all: to thine own self be true,” or “There is … Continue reading

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The Symbolism of the Forest

In the middle of our walk of life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost. Dante, The Divine Comedy Foggy Forest on Emei Shan, via http://tryse.net/blog/2009/08/ It seemed to him that he had … Continue reading

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The Symbolic World – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

A short talk by a Sufi mystic about a symbolic world which mediates between our ordinary consciousness and the world of the soul.

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