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The Psychistic and the Spiritual

We should dwell for a moment on the distinction between the psychistic and the spiritual, as Jean Gebser understands this, and this also in relation to Ken Wilber’s “pre/trans fallacy” (an issue that also came up this morning in a comment to the previous post on Wilber’s pre/trans fallacy), and also how these, in turn, pertain to the issues of Being and Having. There are many aspects to this and to the pre/trans fallacy that are especially important to understand in the current climate.

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Trajective and Prejective in Rosenstock-Huessy’s “Cross of Reality”

As we’ve noted in earlier postings, Rosenstock-Huessy’s social philosophy and grammatical method introduced the terms “traject” and “preject” as the polarities of time to supplement the all-too familiar spatial ones of “subject” and “object”. As such, our predilections or moods fall within a quadrilateral or fourfold matrix formed by these spatial and temporal orientations called “the cross of reality” — subjective and objective as regards the spaces inner or outer, and trajective or prejective as regards the times past or future.

As such, what we call “integral consciousness” would be to take one’s stance at the very centre of this quadrilateral structure, and to be cognisant of, and to dispose over, all the moods or orientations as appropriate to sustaining or reconstituting this “cross of reality”.

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What is Truth?

I once wrote about how the terms “truth”, “trust” and “truce” are related to one another. From that you might also draw the implications that follow from a “post-truth” regime or a crisis of truth.

Today, after reading an article about how two US university professors have made a name for themselves by offering a course in “Bullshit detection”, I decided to dive a little deeper into the origins and history of the word “truth”, with some surprising results.

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The Golden String

“I GIVE you the end of a golden string;. Only wind it into a ball,. It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,. Built in Jerusalem’s wall”. — William Blake, “Jerusalem”

I came to the works of Jean Gebser via William Blake, in the course of pursuing Blake’s “golden string”. For me, there has been a no more fulfilling and rewarding experience in life than following that golden string, in the course of which I came to realise that Blake’s “golden string” is very much the same as what Carlos Castenada’s writings refer to as “the path with heart”.

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Jeremy Johnson on Jean Gebser

This podcast interview with Jeremy Johnson, author of Seeing Through the World, is such a good introduction to and overview of Jean Gebser’s cultural philosophy that it deserves to highlighted.

Ken Wilber on the “Pre/Trans Fallacy”

I’ve been reading Ken Wilber’s The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development (1980). It is quite insightful in some respects, and quite lacking in other respects. Of course, you are probably already aware by now that I’m quite critical of Wilber’s approach to the integral.

Still, there are things about the book that make it worthwhile despite its apparent failure to properly interpret the Atman as “the fourfold Atman” as described in the Upanishads. It’s fine to describe the realisation of Atman as the end goal of all human striving, evolution, and development. But what is also needed is an explication of why Atman is fourfold at all. So far in my reading of it, this isn’t addressed in the book.

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Culture War: Hutus and Tutsis

The 25th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide is probably an appropriate time to reflect on the meaning of “culture war” turned very hot. It is still a puzzle to some how and why that exploded into the bloodbath it became, but it many respects it was a repetition of the old Cain and Abel story. Hutus were, predominantly, farmers and Tutsis were, predominantly herdsmen, just as Cain was depicted as a farmer and Abel was a herdsman.

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