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“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. This imagination has a numinous, archetypal quality to it, which is to say it is an expression of something beyond ourselves. This imagination of a substance which liberates the universe is a symbolic out-picturing of a transformative potential that exists within all of us and which is the goal of the alchemical opus. Our imagination, through symbols such as the philosophers’ stone, is revealing something to us of great significance.” Paul Levy, Awakening The Dream

HOMAGE TO THE CREATIVE SPIRIT by Paul Levy

“There is a contagious psycho-spiritual disease of the soul, a parasite of the mind, that is currently being acted out en masse on the world stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions. This mind-virus─which Native Americans have called “wetiko”─covertly operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche, rendering people oblivious to their own madness and compelling them to act against their own best interests. An inner cancer of the soul, wetiko flavors and manages our perceptions by stealth and subterfuge so as to act itself out through us while simultaneously hiding itself from being seen. Not constrained by the conventional laws of third-dimensional space and time, this ‘bug’ in the system deceives us by working with the intrinsic projective tendencies of our mind so as to appear external to and other than ourselves, utilizing the seemingly outside world as the canvas for its full-bodied revelation of itself. Wetiko nonlocally in-forms, gives shape to and configures events in the world so as to synchronistically express itself, which is to say that just like in a dream, events in the outer world are symbolically reflecting a condition deep within the psyche of humanity. Drawing on insights from Jungian psychology, shamanism, alchemy, spiritual wisdom traditions, and personal experience, author Paul Levy shows us that hidden within the venom of wetiko is a revelation as well as its own antidote, which once recognized can help us wake up and bring sanity back to our society. How wetiko manifests─will it destroy our species, or will it catalyze a deeper process of global awakening?─depends upon recognizing what it is revealing to us about ourselves..”

DISPELLING WETIKO by Paul Levy

 

ART & IMAGINATION

disintegration of culture;

original art of every fertile age…

Evolutionary artist is like a evolutionary politician;

from another plane,

determined by that wider destiny,

which governs all the activities of Human Spirit.

The good artist has very rarely a practical interest in anything but his art…

Constable, Turner, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee…

…lived their vision and their paint,

followed the inevitable course dictated by their sensibility.

A mechanical world diminishes spiritual satisfaction ;

organic processes of living with

The Imagination becomes above all else,

compensates for poverty;

drabness of every-day life.

Art is strange compensation,

for such profound sickness.

The artist (if he deserves the name)

has the acutest sense of us all;

A master of his art is more sensitive and aware

of everything around him than other people.

This does not bring happiness, only

more disappointment and frustration.

If he expresses that acuteness to the final edge.

We are without courage, without freedom,

without passion and joy,

if we refuse to follow where he leads.”

See: Herbert Read, ART NOW (1960)

“The creative imagination became the way to unify man’s psyche and, by extension, to
reunify man with nature, to return by the paths of self-consciousness to a state of
higher nature, a state of the sublime where senses, mind, and spirit elevate the world
around them even as they elevate themselves. The new concept of imagination
enlarged the humanities and increased the expectations placed on secular art, and the

promise and burden of those expectations continue today.”

Engell, James. The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism. Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard UP, 1981.

 

Harry Matthews

un poète et peintre

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