More music to help in the contemplation of life, the universe and everything…
Sunrise Projector – by Tycho
Since we can not escape nature
We attempt to placate it
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As I’ve consistently said here, and found in my own life, no thinker is more important in the last five hundred years, than Carl Gustav Jung. But the breadth and depth of his thinking makes it a challenge to discover and understand the essentials. Jung is very well known and very popular within a small part of our culture, and his influence is everywhere in our culture, but that’s not well known by most people.
Jung is best known as a psychologist, but the current materialist approach to science in general, and to psychology specifically, marginalizes Jung and it’s hard for people to discover Jung on their own. Many people, if they know of Jung, may think of him as a student and colleague of Freud, and think of him as simply some psychologist of the past, no longer relevant for today.
Great thinkers, like Jung, explore and set out a body of work that has such deep relevance to humanity that it is impossible for their work not to remain important to be rediscovered by subsequent generations. Plato, Aristotle, and Shakespeare aren’t some old guys who can be dismissed – they produced great works that speak to the essential core of the humanity within all of us. Jung is the same for me. I can get chills and tears from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Jung’s Red Book, as much as from The OA.
This video is an excellent introduction to Jung. It covers the most important areas that Jung explored. Near the end of the video, gender is discussed, which was important to Jung and to me as well. Women around the turn of the last century, when psychology was just beginning to gain momentum as a science, were often diagnosed with “hysteria”, which today would be recognized and describe as anxiety, or a neurosis. When one reads these stories, without looking at it through a more discerning lens, and I would use my lens of deep evolution, it is easy, yet simplistic to see how these women were delicate creatures. Strong people and men would not suffer in this way. But when one looks at this from a more Jungian (and deep evolutionary) perspective, it seems much more obvious that women were suffering in greater numbers and to a greater degree, because society was and is denying the feminine, in complex ways. But if you are not familiar with this Jungian view of gender, do not consider it to be male-bashing or simplistic gender wars. There is much more going on in all of this and there are no villains or saints – rather we are all products of our society and I would say our evolution.
But generally, women are less supported, in many ways, by the psychological and social environment than men. It’s not so much a man’s world, as a dysfunctional masculine world, with many implications way beyond gender. Our society has continued down this path, that really began a few thousand years ago, although the feminine is being recognized somewhat more in some ways. But psychological problems are much more balanced now – and not in a good way – women aren’t doing better, men are doing worse. Men have caught up to women. Anxiety, neuroses and the use of psychotropic drugs is growing and virtually endemic in our society. Our unbalanced society is affecting men as well as women, because as Jung pointed out, men and women contain both the masculine and feminine. I’m thinking now that over the last century or more, women have been the canaries in the coal mine in our society, but now men are being affected as well. This video is thought provoking even for a person well versed in Jung.
There is a lot here. Leanne Whitney is wonderful in her passion and her intelligence. She has a PhD in depth psychology and works with people using that education along with yoga and craniosacral therapy. She’s also written a book – Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali, where she writes to reconcile Eastern and Western thought. Sigh – another book I will have to order soon.
The interview is by Jeffrey Mishlove, a psychologist himself, with an enormously broad range of interests and a great interviewer who brings out the best in his guests. Mishlove had a long running American public television show (PBS), called Thinking Allowedand now has a new series available on YouTube – New Thinking Allowed. His interviews are highly recommended and I’m sure I’ll be referring to more in the future.
This video is a wonderful exploration on the treachery of Logos, when one remains in Logos. In our current culture, and at our current evolutionary stage, it is too common to remain in Logos and that is the danger. Logos is not a problem, unless you refuse to move beyond it, to Eros. That is the problem we are confronting now. But I am convinced that we are in the process of correcting this limitation in human consciousness, as I first put forward here, in my central thesis. Humanity is evolving and Eros rises as Logos is put into its proper context. That is the challenge of our age. That is the challenge that Carl Jungexplored and dedicated his life to.
I think Lynch is correct. I think most artists are very reluctant to put words or explanations to their art. Obviously Lynch does talk and I have little doubt that he talks about his film with his actors, technical crew etc. Language cannot be avoided in most situations, but you have to be aware of its limitations and the very real treachery of not keeping that in your consciousness. Logos is not wrong, but it carries many limitations that need to be recognized and constantly in one’s thoughts.
For an artist to explain her or his work to the audience is particularly dangerous because it cripples the creative process. Art is a collaboration between the artist and the audience. The artist may have a very conscious notion of the meaning, but perhaps not so much. In any case, the beauty, magic and power of art is that the receiver of the art creates meaning in their own mind from the piece. A painting or a movie may inspire ideas, feelings and soulful explosions within a person that the artist could not have imagined in their wildest dreams. And those are just as real and much more meaningful for that viewer than anything the artist might say in words. The artist speaks through her painting and words would adulterate the magic by stifling the creative process within the viewer. Logos looks for answers and wants certainty. Eros, the soul of art, invites creation and mystery, that never ends.
“As soon as you put things into words, no one ever sees the film the same way, and that’s what I hate you know. Talking – its real dangerous.”
The treachery of language is that Logos seduces us into believing that perfect precision is possible with language. The conceit of language is that one can find the right words to express truth – a 100% mapping of perception and communication to reality. One always tries to communicate as well as possible. And when you’re designing a bridge or building a car engine, precision is something to aim for, and Logos is the tool for this. But when you build that bridge in the real world and the engine goes into the car to drive, the chaos of reality – the area of Eros begins to dominate. You don’t abandon Logos or ignore it in those domains, but you can’t overvalue it either.
Language does not need to be tossed aside, although there are certainly times for that. Two lovers can have a wonderful conversation, but there comes a time to stop talking. Awareness of the limitations and danger in language is never to be forgotten or minimized.
Logos is not the enemy or even an enemy. Language is certainly not bad – it’s an amazing tool that we constantly use – obviously. The problem arises with our unconscious use and engagement with language – overvaluing it as a means to arrive at and communicate with the truth.
I’m going to end this with a movie that is an ode to the limitations of Logos and of language. 2001: A Space Odyssey is an amazing movie. It has no dialogue for the first 25 minutes nor for the last 23 and no dialogue for a total of around 88 minutes. The dialogue is very spare and most if it is relatively banal conversation that simply drives the story. The major ideas and themes of the movie do not rely upon Logos, but Eros.
“If you understand ‘2001’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.”
Arthur C. Clarke
Ah. Eros. And true art. The marrow of life in all it’s mystery and wonder.
I first saw the movie, as a kid, in a hushed movie theater, with my best friend. He was a year older and he thought the movie was stupid. I did not understand the movie, but I was awestruck. I wasn’t sure what I’d just seen, but I knew it was really important for me and the movie has stayed with me ever since. I realize now that this movie profoundly spoke to me in the language of Eros, and that is why it remained with me so deeply. This is a movie that embraces mystery and Eros. Its creator, the great Stanley Kubrick, said very little about the movie as David Lynch advises, but the major theme that he intended is revealed here, but that theme is such an enormous mystery itself, that Kubrick is simply letting us in on the scope of his movie. We still bring our own meaning to the art. The following video is an excellent short piece on the movie that gives away little, but does explore some of the major themes. It does not try to explain the movie in a neat and tidy package – it leaves that for the viewer, as it should. I hope it inspires some people to see the movie who do not know of it. or are not attracted to science fiction. 2001 is simply art.
interestingly, the video discusses Kubrick’s strategy in the film. He uses Logos to tell the story of Eros, because he knows his audience is predisposed to Logos and he must use that tool to arrive at his deeper story of Eros. That is precisely my thesis. Logos must be recognized and used as a path to Eros, to deeper meaning. The divine marriage of the two will lead to our further evolution, and this is a story of evolution – deep evolution.
The face of this astronaut is the face of a man in being called to Eros, confronting Logos, and the need to rise beyond it. Eros rises.
Evolution can’t happen in a straight line. Life can’t be lived in a straight line. You might aim for a straight line, but you have to accept the curves and the curbs as being inevitable and even desirable – really. Evolution is a process of discovery and experimentation, blind alleys and surprising detours. My Logos mind understands this, more or less completely and hates it – at least most of the time. My ego is starting to get it, although it has a ways to go. My Eros mind is totally cool with it. We’re all making it up as we go along. Here’s a song I rediscovered in my collection and I appreciate it now more than I ever did. Take it away Spiritualized– gotta love that name.
Here’s another great Spiritualized song – exploring the neo-psychodelia-gospel genre of music – if that ain’t a mashup…
Here we have a small step in our human evolution, but we need to recognize and celebrate the small steps. It’s easy to become cynical or discouraged – in our own lives and in society and humanity in general. Our egos, driven by Logos, are biased to see problems, because that’s what our left brain is best at dealing with…sort of. When you’re a hammer, you look for nails. And big surprise – you can find them. Your left brain is a hammer of Logos. Ask any carpenter – hammers are useful, but not for everything.
But I digress, as I am prone to do. This story is of women moving into traditional Mexican Mariacha bands. Humanity is evolving and gender roles and identity are a big part of this evolution – both as a driver and as a manifestation and feature. And all is well.
Art and mythology are the most potent elixirs of truth. They bypass the filters of Logos and words to reach us directly. They can use words as an artist uses paint, but the words are not the message – only the medium – Logos in service to Eros. It’s the gig of Logos to serve the bigger picture.
We are witnessing more and more art as we evolve. There are more channels of unique and provocative art. Important and life-changing art is available to millions, when such art was not even imaginable in mainstream culture a few decades ago.
A great example is the series, The OA, on Netflix. It is a deeply metaphysical and emotional series. And it certainly expresses Jungian themes and ideas as set out in this excellent commentary from Psyche and Cinema. Check out all the videos on this site, discussing depth psychology and the movies. I wish there were a lot more movies discussed so intelligently, and revealingly.
The OA series centers around a woman, played by Brit Marling, also co-creator and writer of the show. She is remarkable and clearly in synch with the material. Marling was a co-star in I Origins, which I loved and briefly alluded to here.
The series begins with Marling’s character, Prairie, dramatically returning to her parents from a kidnapping and imprisonment, after seven years. Her metaphysical journey there with her fellow captives unfolds slowly as she tells the story to a ragtag (in the best sense of the word) group of high school kids and an older teacher. Everyone is to become part of the story and not simply a passive listener.
The OA is multi-layered and the Jungian concept of individuation is front and center, as well as an allegory of our physical lives within a much larger existence. Deep and metaphysical, with fascinating characters who you can really identify with and appreciate – what more could you ask for?
The show explores my thesis regarding Eros and Logos. A main character, Hap, is essentially consumed with Logos, yet he is desperate to find that which lies beyond the world of Logos – beyond this physical world. He cannot give up on Logos as his only method of discovery. In his desperation, he is a tragic and dangerous figure in this conflict within himself, which he projects outward to the world.
I’ve not yet seen the full series – I don’t want it to end too soon.
The first season of eight episodes is complete and available on Netflix. There is a second season that is now in production.
Truth is not some simple statement of fact, but a flower that opens gently, never to cease in that opening, like a lotus whose petals are infinite. It is the process of opening, of blooming, that reveals a little bit more, from behind the veil. Truth is a living thing, and in that, it is really a process of unfolding. In our observation, in our openness to truth, the energy behind that opening is supplied. We are part of truth – truth does not sit outside of us to be perceived and set down.