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Oct 16, 2009

Imagination and the Sacred Art

  • God The Imagination

    There is an age-old imagination that there exists a miraculous substance that enlightens the universe, which is exemplified in the alchemists’ idea of the philosophers’ stone. This imagination does not come from the personal unconscious, but is transpersonal in origin, as it arises out of the collective unconscious of humanity itself. Our imagination, through symbols such as the philosophers’ stone, is revealing something to us of great significance. Jung says, “The concept of imagination is perhaps the most important key to the understanding of the opus.” Accomplished alchemists realized that the God that they were projecting onto the philosophers’ stone was an imaginary God, a God of the Imagination. This is not to devalue their God, or imagination, in any way, as if to say “their God is only imagination.” The alchemists knew that their God was a creation of the cosmic imagination, and this is why they venerated, revered, and prayed to it. For the alchemists, the imagination is the Divine Body in every person, a refined, rarefied and “subtle body” that is not humanly constructed but divinely implanted in us from a source beyond ourselves…

  • The Sacred Art of Alchemy

    Much to his astonishment, C. G. Jung discovered that the ancient art of alchemy was describing, in symbolic language, the journey that all of us must take towards embodying our own intrinsic wholeness, what he called the process of “individuation.” The alchemists, over the course of centuries, had generated a wide range of symbolic images which directly corresponded to the anatomy of the unconscious which Jung had been mapping through his painstaking work with thousands of patients. Jung, in illuminating a psychology of the unconscious, can himself be considered a modern-day alchemist…The alchemists had little or nothing to contribute to the field of chemistry, least of all the secret of gold-making. Only our overly one-sided, rational and intellectualized age could miss the point so entirely and see in alchemy nothing but an abortive attempt at chemistry. On the contrary, to the alchemists, chemistry represented a degradation and a “Fall,” because it meant the secularization and commercialization of a sacred science. Jung makes the point, “The alchemical operations were real, only this reality was not physical but psychological. Alchemy represents the projection of a drama both cosmic and spiritual in laboratory terms. The opus magnum [“great work”] had two aims: the rescue of the human soul, and the salvation of the cosmos.” The alchemists were dreaming big…

By Paul Levy | awakeninthedream.com

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At 12:13 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

However people dress up religiosity, unfortunately the smell of the god-thing seeps into the argument. One can turn godstuff into some hip, palatably sophisticated "imagination". The god squad are so excited about getting their lies into the arenas of the toughest sceptics. God was invented as the greatest, supremely effective global control mechanism.


At 2:08 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

More small-minded Cartesian style over substance.

You looking for 'proof', or what? You'll never prove a negative.

Sometimes it seems you can't even form the right question. But that's just my view. I was just listening to John Anthony West talk about Egypt and the Sacred Arts, he was hilarious in his ridicule of the absurd arguments of Dawkins, et al. I thought of you.

At 5:45 PM , Blogger Zoro said...

Seems like I might have irritated a bit, I admit to meaning it, but only because of being grounded a while and being frisky again.

God is (similie) a landing net and that was crucial to the plans of the filthy rich and controlling regimes throughout history.

One avoids the trap by rejecting the god - spell, and gradually accruing the honours of freedom fighter. Much te in freedom, global cop out in god.

There are a million arguments to irradicate god games once and for all. Question of faith? Your funeral.


At 6:16 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

It is what it is, and it ain't what it isn't.

Certainty is the province of fools.


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