Archive | October 2019

Albion’s Awakening

For William Blake, the seminal event of the emerging New Age he foresaw was the awakening of Albion, his name for what he also calls “the Universal Humanity”. Reciprocally, it is also the decline and fall, and the madness, of Urizen, hence what Jean Gebser similarly refers to as the “double-movement” of our times — one of a new integration emerging concident with a process of fragmentation and disintegration. This “Universal Humanity” is also now what we refer to as “the Global Soul”, and one of Blake’s other names for this is “the Poetic Genius” who is “the true Man”.

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Integral Spirituality

In The Christian Future, or the modern mind outrun (1946) Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy made his argument for what we might call “integral spirituality”, and as part of his overall project for “universal history” appropriate for, and foundational to, any emerging planetary civilisation. In it, Rosenstock-Huessy showed the place of the “liberators” — Abraham, Lao-Tse, Buddha, and Jesus — within the quadrilateral and his “cross of reality” framework. The work might then be considered a reference work for what we mean by “integral spirituality”.

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Wholeness and Fragmentation

I mentioned in an earlier comment that I was presently reading Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias’s book The Integral Being. It is a very simple book, which might be considered a very basic primer for an integral philosophy, the central theme of which is encapsulated in his statement that “An integral being will not develop within a diseased system”.

It is this concern with the “diseased system” and the manner in which it continuously reproduces itself that underlies many of the integralist approaches we’ve examined in The Chrysalis. Something of interest, too, in The Integral Being are the elements of a fourfold logic and a premonition, too, of what Rosenstock-Huessy refers to as “the Twelve Tones of the Spirit”, although this is not as clearly enunciated by Yaryura-Tobias as effectively as by Rosenstock-Huessy.

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Narcissism, Myopia and the Mentality of Late Modernity

Let’s return today to some of the fundamental issues underlying the current crisis (or malaise) of consciousness and culture, or what Jean Gebser describes as the mental-rational or perspectival consciousness structure now functioning in “deficient” mode. (“Deficient”, as we have previously pointed out, is just another term for “decadent” or “corrupt”). We have also noted that this is essentially the definition of what we call “the New Normal”, in which this kind of deficiency or corruption of the mode of consciousness has become systemic and is manifesting as very widespread deceit and duplicity. It’s the systemic nature of “the New Normal” that led Pope Francis to declare, rightly, that “duplicity is the currency of the day”.

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John Vervaeke: Continuous Cosmos And Modern World Grammar

Alright! Here’s someone I just discovered online who is addressing the kinds of issues we deal with here in The Chrysalis. This is part 3 of a series (I haven’t listened yet to the first two parts) that was given a few days ago. You can easily relate some of what Vervaeke has to say here to our ongoing discussion of Gebser, Rosenstock-Huessy, and David Bohm.

The Mystery of the Integral Principle

A couple of years ago, I read Erich Fromm’s The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness to try to better understand some of the more pernicious and malicious aspects of “the New Normal”. Fromm happened to mention something I found quite interesting, that while neurologists generally concur that four fundamental primitive drives characterise human behaviour at the level of the Lizard Brain (the so-called “Four Fs” of feeding, fighting, fleeing, and fucking, as it were), they were at a loss of explain what it is that integrates these activities — that is, what synchronises and coordinates the four Fs.

This recurrence of the now familiar fourfold pattern or tetramorph even at this basic level of our animal nature or physical functioning is, of course, of great interest for a student of William Blake because the “four Fs” are also an expression of what Blake refers to as “our Energies” — the four Zoas. But of even greater interest is the riddle of the integral principle, the fifth element or what is called “the quintessence” which actually performs the synchronisation and coordination of these behaviours.

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In The Beginning Is the Word

The “Word” cannot be heard except in the silence before the beginning of time.

That may seem like an enigmatic statement. We tend to think of the beginning of time as a cosmological event that occurred some 13 or 14 billion years ago with the “Big Bang” and the cosmic inflation event. But this “silence before the beginning of time” is what Jean Gebser calls “the ever-present origin” or what we refer to as “eternity”. This is of interest to us because of its affinity with physicist David Bohm’s idea of “the holomovement” as described in his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order. The holomovement is described as “undivided wholeness in flowing movement” as fundamental reality which, for Bohm, is completely “immeasurable and unanalysable” — that which, we might say, lies on the other side of Planck’s Wall.

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