Tagged with william irwin thompson

The Internet Age, Gaia & Ouranos

The imperial mode of being, expressed in the myth of Ouranos, is to enforce a definition of time and space onto the present, to abort all change and emergence, and to force everything into sameness: a world of McDonald’s and Coca Cola, or a world of soldiers and secret police. But in the ancient Greek … Continue reading

Pacific Shift

“The world of industrial man is a world of objects separated by lines: mansions at one end, dioxin dumps at the other. But in the Pacific-Aerospace cultural ecology, the world is known to be a field of interpenetrating presences, and in the world of space one is constrained to be on more intimate terms with … Continue reading

Still Travels

Just finished reading William Irwin Thompson’s book of poetry, “Still Travels.” In it he reveals he is a mystic liken to Steiner or Jung, but leaning more towards Steiner. Though in most of his philosophical work he drops a hint of his experiences, he appears to feel at home in poetry. Can’t blame him! Poetry … Continue reading

Mind & Imagination

“If Mind is more than a tight rationality locked up in an ego that is “simply located” in an information-processing brain, then all this darkness we associate with the irrational or the unconscious is simply our inability to conceive of the other dimensional extensions of Mind as the “organization of the living.” If we begin … Continue reading

Patterns in time, footnotes to Cosmos & Psyche

“I gradually gained the distinct impression that in some sense everything that occurs during one alignment is implicitly present and contributing to every subsequent one, as if it were a continuing and cumulative historical development.” – Richard Tarnas I’m right about in the middle of Cosmos and Psyche. Thought I’d drop a few interesting discoveries … Continue reading

Spiritual Evolution

The old reptilian brain is the snake; it is the brain of the instinctive, the unconscious, the depository of millions of years of evolution. The second brain is the limbic ring, the mammalian brain of “fight or flight,” of emotion and a highly developed olfactory sense as a way of perceiving the environment. This limbic … Continue reading

Aztec Heart

Whence I came upon this monstrosity I knew not what speech I ought utter nor actions to take And left upon the hallowed earth the souls of all I had taken An offering for the gods to pacify their rage But from the midst a woman declined upon the altar’s steps and shouted “Warrior, you … Continue reading

Blue Jade From the Morning Star

This is an excerpt from an equally lesser known Thompson book, Blue Jade from the Morning Star. I’ve yet to get my hands on a physical copy but hopefully will soon! For now, this is from google books. Of Quetzalcoatl history knows little, of Quetzalpetlatl, nothing. As “elder sister” and consort of Quetzalcoatl in the … Continue reading

Scientific Narratives of Human Origins

…scientific narratives of human origins are myths and, in their deep structure, are recursively involved with other religious or weird and crazy narratives of human origins that exist in the hypertext spaces of our culture. When we line them all up and read them as mythic narratives of human identity, then more complex cognitive structures … Continue reading