Spirit and Psyche by Victor Schermer download in ePub, pdf, iPad
The Wasteland According to a Jungian view, we live today in a gloomy wasteland that needs to be reanimated. This is also why the alchemists discover their unpretentious spiritual stone in the lowliest of places. Thus, it seems that it is not the withdrawal of projections which is the problem. Rather, the whole point is to tone down the ego. Religions have to do with my body.
The diverse Hermetical traditions, which include Kabbalah, Alchemy, and Rosicrucianism, claim that the worldly and spiritual spheres overlap rather than intersect. The supramundane source is unobtainable for those who never venture into the Wasteland. The alternative to this mystery is the pedestrian view that the world of mundane experience is in need of nothing beyond itself.
Spiritual teachings, including alchemy, tend to be misconstrued in this way. After three days he was back in Tao and then a snow storm arrived. Evidently, we still have recourse to the function of faith. Despite the fact that it is an unbelievable story projected on a two-dimensional screen, it captures the viewer. According to Plotinus and Porphyry, the human soul partly resides in the Nous, albeit unconsciously.
At this level we are still animists. This concept coincides with European medieval alchemy. Natural drives and desires are associated with shame. Above all, it is today much easier to find creative expression in art, music, intellectual development, etc.
Going beyond intellect is like being enveloped by a deep and silent darkness. In Neoplatonism, it is continuous, but mostly predates man. Since unconscious cognition occurs in parallel with conscious, it may function alongside a consciousness that is rational and even agnostic. But when ignored by modernity they become devastatingly active.
These, however, due to their noumenal nature, can never be verified by science. Difficulties for translation arise because the German word Seele means both psyche and soul.
The adept is not trying to become something else or something more, for the soul already extends into the spiritual orb. Nor did it ever occur to them that the spirit Mercurius is an antidote for trinitarian religion. It is against this background that we must judge the Iamblichean reaction against Plotinian asceticism. It could provide an explanation for his conversion to transcendental idealism. Knowing when to stop averts trouble.
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