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Our way teaches our Soul

1. The  Art of the Soul  is the attempt to recover Unity in Life and act. To come to this unity is what could be called God (Overself works too), and is our Reason for Life. This is not necessarily known at the outset and is part of the culturalization and education of the Soul.

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I write this to clarify myself to myself, but also with the hope that others can look back at their own first awakening, and see how it has evolved inside themself to result in who they’ve become.

The date was early April 1976. I had just arrived at my sister’s house. My second marriage had just failed and I was there with my 5-year-old son, hoping for a positive reception from my family. When my parents arrived, I got anything but.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wolff.JPGThis quote is from Franklin Merrell-Wolff, an American Sage whose initial mystical experiences -- like mine -- were in mathematics. This is from the book Transformations of Consciousness, in the chapter "Introception and Introspection", where he defines the inward-seeking function he calls Introception:

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This is my very favorite Indian Vegetarian Cookbook. It's a great cookbook that reads like a book of short stories. I used to give away copies of it when was available used for a dollar or two, but now it's become nearly unavailable, and I'd still like to give it away. I got a friend of mine (who regularly scans old science fiction magazines) to scan this and here it is.


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I am interested in how the Forms seem to arise from the Formless.

When I started to paint some, one thing I wanted to do was to paint The Forms. I wanted to picture Anthony's chartings in color and shape. Maybe straight geometrics maybe not. Also the same with the Archetypal Thanka images. Shape and color. Something alive.

This painting started as shape and color. I could not get it. Several iterations into  the painting it got to that grey or brown melange that when you get there you kind of got to retrench.
Ugh. We all know this in the art of our lives. That sea of  greys and browns your ship can come to.  We wipe it down. Not clean.

Amitabha is red so we add red. Using a knife and with some  rough strokes. The shoulder appears.

From inside - me?, the paint? the board underneath? - comes a form.
First a shoulder then the rest. 

The Forms have a Neutrality. Like money or the Psyche. Without, there is receptivity.

And the Forms can enter, bidden or unbidden.

This to me is how it all arises

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This is not about degrees or astrology -- the title notwithstanding ("Mars Talk") -- it's on an entirely different topic.

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Discord throws the apple and Lenny's Hymn to Demeter 
(Dedicated to Eleanor Cohen)

Discord throws the apple:

The story is told: At a banquet of the Gods, Discord — a fiery and important God himself — threw an apple inscribed “For the Fairest”. Three goddesses claimed the apple, Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena. They called upon a mortal — Paris of Troy — to settle the argument. Hera promised that if he chose her, she would grant him lordship over men, lands and gold without measure. Athena promised he would have all the world's knowledge, and be renowned as the wisest among men. Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris chose Aphrodite, leading to the Trojan War.

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Levels of Selfhood translated as Levels of participation in the Zodiac

This is a quick introduction to my paper Levels of Selfhood. This paper is largely a commentary on some remarkable pictures — geometric drawings — that have come to my attention and I have been pleased to draw. The topics mentioned below are greatly expanded in the paper. Please read my short papers on the triangle and square and on the twelve-pointed star elsewhere in this blog for more introductory material.

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I don't have much to say — except in passing — about the nature of mathematical reality. What interests me is the experience of investigating mathematics. This is not because of the mathematical results. The results themselves mean something only to the student who cares about them. But this caring can reach a certain intensity, and then the experience evolves into a mystical tool of self-investigation.

For I seem, in my own experience, to have stumbled upon a mystical opening through the pursuit of seemingly formal studies.

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This is my first blog. My sense here is to foster dialogue and discussion.

This is a paper i wrote in 1988 and revised recently (today).

I hope it is of some use.


Some thoughts about the notion of Self as used by PB in some of his writings,
with passing reference to the profound philosophic synthesis made by
PB in developing the notion used.

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I’m new to blogging and I hope you’ll be patient with me as I learn my way around. I hope to share some of the things that puzzle me and some of the things I’ve found after 45 years of questing.

Please look at my papers Levels of Selfhood and Why 360? elsewhere on this website.

My wise wife kindly read some of these notes, and reminds me that whatever I seem to be writing, I’m writing my astrology.

I offer to you two new papers:  "The Triangle and the Square" and "The Twelve-Pointed Star" part I

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