Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Posted on Oct 15th, 2008 by Marmalade : Gaia Explorer Marmalade

At work tonight, I was reading the book Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film by Eric G. Wilson.  The author is insightful and this book has more depth than most books about movies.  He talks about many of my favorite movies.  One of them is Altered States and it got me thinking.  There are some other movies with very similar themes: The Fountain, What Dreams May Come, and The Mothman Prophecies.

The most general similarity is that the protagonists are men in a position of authority but a specific kind of authority.  They are men of knowledge and in 3 of the movies its scientific knowledge.  These characters are heroes but not the traditional hero type. 

These movies are balanced by female characters who are of central importance to the protagonists’s motivation.  The women add conflict, but they also offer the protagonist an alternative.  They are obvious anima figures that represent potential balance.

Another similarity is that these movies are about the supernatural.  The main aspect of this involves themes of life and death.  In 3 of the movies, its the leading female’s death that inspires the protagonist’s obsessive seeking.  The women represent a different way of dealing with life and death.  Related to life and death, there is strong use of plants as symbols.  In 3 of the movies, tree symbolism is central.  In 2 of the movies, the protagonist is studying a plant chemical.

There is one other important character type.  The protagonist has some person who acts as a mentor/friend.  This person helps the main character in his transformation or otherwise acts as a balancing force.  This person might even go part way with the protagonist on his journey, even act as a guide.  In some ways, this character bridges the distance between the protagonist and his anima figure.  This character has something to teach the protagonist.  He/she knows something about the supernatural or at least has some spiritual insight.

In Altered States, the mentor and friend are separate characters.  The friend is completely rational, but it is a shaman who offers the protagonist his first insight to that which is beyond the rational.  So, the closest to a mentor is a threshold guardian.  There is also a shaman-like character in The Fountain who is a threshold guardian  Both of these are guardians of the sacred plant.

There is a final element I’ll bring up.  These movies are about dualities: male/female, life/death, supernatural/science, rational/non-rational, human/non-human, primitive/civilized, willpower/acceptance, etc.  All of these dualites are closely connected. 

The protagonist represents one end of the dualities.  He is a man playing an important role of civilization: doctor, scientist, researcher, journalist.  He is fighting against death and trying to rationally make sense of the supernatural.  He is unwilling to give up and accept defeat.  So, this leaves the other end of the dualities outside of him.  The women character is the most opposite to the protagonist, but in some ways she represents a less clear distinction between the dualities.  The whole dualistic viewpoint is that of the protagonist.  His either/or thinking is his central conflict.

——————————————————————————————————————-
This blog has been started as two different threads:
Community Film Picks (zFilms) Group
God Pod or Life, the Universe and Everything
——————————————————————————————————————-

Access_public Access: Public 5 Comments Print // Post this!views (271)  

Nicole : wakingdreamer

about 6 hours later

Nicole said

I’ve only seen What Dreams May Come, but I keep hearing about the Fountain. These patterns interest me very much. Now, in What Dreams may come, he is united at the end with his wife and yet chooses to go on to seek her anew in another life rather than remain with her and the children indefinitely. This is presented as a positive and exciting thing but in the framework you have described, is he really “getting” it? In the Fountain, he keeps traveling, doesn’t he? So it’s an endless seeking, is there growth?

starlight : StarLight Dancing

about 6 hours later

starlight said

hey Ben…i’m waiting for your screenplay…i sense that it would be pretty awesome…i’ve seen all but mothman prophecies; that’s an interesting analysis my friend…hey sweet Nicole…much love and joy to you both…*

Marmalade : Gaia Child

about 10 hours later

Marmalade said

Nicole, you ask about whether the WDMC protagonist really “getting” it.  I don’t know.  It is strange that after finding eachother again that they chose to be reborn which will cause them to forget eachother.  The message seems to be that the opportunity to discover love anew is more important than holding onto the love you already know.  Besides, they’re soulmates.  How can anything go wrong?  🙂

Starlight. screenplay?  I’ll be happy to get anything published eventually.  I’d never thought about a screenplay, but that is a possibility.  I’m sure I couldn’t write a worse screenplay than some of what gets made into movies.  lol

Marmalade : Gaia Child

about 12 hours later

Marmalade said

I like how the tree symbolism is used.  In WDMC and Fountain, the tree symbolism is used very obviously.  In Mothman Prophecies and Altered States, its not used as directly.

In Fountain, the tree is the Tree of LIfe, ie the Fountain of Youth.  It is a ressurection symbol archetypally related to the Christian cross.  The protagonist even in a sense dies on the tree in imitation of the Mayan resurrection deity  Also, the tree is seemingly representative of the anima character.  He is seeking to save the tree/woman and be saved himself in the process.

In WDMC, the tree also represents the woman.  The picture of the tree is part of a series of paintings by the woman that represents the place the couple met.  The place is a sort of Eden and its the place he re-creates in his afterlife.  The tree also signals how strong the bond is between them, defying even death.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

…Annie, distraught at the loss of her family, takes poison and dies. Albert breaks the news to Chris, whose initial relief that her suffering is over, quickly becomes anger when he learns that suicides are sent to hell. Albert claims no judgment has been made against her; it is simply the nature of suicides. This is a reference to Dante‘s Inferno, where the seventh level of Hell is reserved for sins of violence – including violence against oneself.

In Mothman Prophecies, trees are shown in relationship to the Mothman.  People often see the Mothman near a tree.  Its near a tree that his wife saw the Mothman and this is what caused her death.  The character who was most effected by his vision of the Mothman dies leaning against a tree. 

Christmas trees also play a role, but of a different sort.  They represent the human world of normalacy and happiness.  The whole movie occurs during the Christmas season.  Christmas is the time of year most resurrection deities are born and the Christmas tree represents eternal life.  But before resurrection must come death.  The whole bridge collapse seems like some supernatural mass sacrifice.  The implication is that its fated to happen.  The Christmas gifts float in the river as if offerings.

In Altered States, there was less tree imagery.  There was plenty of mixing of indigenous and Catholic imagery which included a tree of life.  From TV Tropes:

Heavy biblical imagery from Genesis and Revelations abounds in the hallucinatory sequences. At one point Adam and Eve are rendered as Indian cave art, pictured with a giant mushroom with a serpent coiled around it- an obvious reference to the “Tree of Knowledge.” William Hurt spends time flying around on a flaming crucifix wearing a mutant, 7-eyed, four-horned goat’s head.

Nicole : wakingdreamer

1 day later

Nicole said

I’m glad you added this about the tree symbolism. See my reply in the God Pod.

Right, that was the message I was getting from WDMC – they are soulmates and all will be well. SIgh 🙂

  Nicole : wakingdreamer  

Re: Blog About Films: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Nicole said Oct 16, 2008, 11:03 AM:

  This is a great blog, thanks for cross-posting it here.

The tree archetype is a powerful one, transcending many religions and thoughts including the Norse mythology with Odin on the tree. Guy Gavriel Kay used it in his The Fionavar Tapestry, especially in part one of  three parts: The Summer Tree (1984)

Love,

Nicole

Spinner
  Marmalade : Gaia Child  

Re: Blog About Films: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Marmalade said Oct 16, 2008, 12:08 PM:

  I originally hadn’t thought about cross-posting it.  But I figured that since its about the supernatural/spiritual that maybe somebody in the God Pod might enjoy it.

If you like mythology about trees, then I’d think you’d love The Fountain.  As long as you can handle a bit of non-linear narration.  The whole movie revolves around two visual symbols: trees and tunnels.

I hadn’t heard of those books or the author.  Is he one of your favorite authors?  I do like the Arthurian mythology which the Wikipedia article says he draws upon.
Marmalade

Spinner
  Nicole : wakingdreamer  

Re: Blog About Films: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Nicole said Oct 16, 2008, 12:19 PM:

  Yes, he is one of my favourites. One of the books I have re-read many times by him is Tigana

I am looking forward to watching the Fountain. Thanks again for the reminder. Oh yes, I’m fine with non-linear.

Love,

Nicole

  1Vector3 : "Relentless Wisdom"  

Re: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

1Vector3 said Oct 15, 2008, 7:55 PM:

  A fabuously rich and insightful addition here, Marmalade. Worth studying !!!

Does The Fisher King fit this pattern? I don’t remember it that well…..

Is that the one where he is a doctor of elderly? handicapped?  No, that was another Robin Williams role…..

Just trying to come up with other examples of the pattern…

Blessings, OM Bastet

Spinner
  Marmalade : Gaia Explorer  

Re: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Marmalade said Oct 16, 2008, 1:35 AM:

  I’m sure Robin Williams has played a doctor role in more than one movie.  I’m not sure which one you’re thinking of.

There are probably other examples of the pattern.  But at the moment I can’t think of any.

Two of these movies (Altered States and The Fountain) are about mad scientist types.  The difference with The Fountain is that he is obsessed with science because of his love for his wife.  Altered States fits the more typical mad scientist.  There are plenty of movies about mad scientists.

The basic theme of these movies is the relationship (and conflict) between knowledge and love.  In MBTI terms, this mostly has to do with the functions of Thinking and Feeling… especially considering the gender angle.  So, going by that basic theme, many more similar movies could be included.

Marmalade

Spinner
  Nicole : wakingdreamer  

Re: Man the Seeker, Woman the Anima

Nicole said Oct 16, 2008, 12:27 PM:

  Robin Williams was also a doctor in Patch Adams

I didn’t see it, but I seem to remember it was very popular and well enjoyed at the time.

Love,

Nicole

Myth, Religion, and Social Development

Myth, Religion, and Social Development

Posted on Apr 7th, 2008 by Marmalade : Gaia Child Marmalade
I’ve been reading several authors recently that are related.

I just finished The Gospel & the Zodiac by Bill Darlison.  I’m now reading Christianity: the Origins of a Pagan Religion by Philippe Walter.  I’ve also been perusing two of Joseph Campbell’s works: Thou Art That and The Flight of the Wild Gander, and Alexander Eliot’s The Universal Myths.

They all are related(in my mind).  First, they’re all about mythology.  Second, they all speak about Christianity.

There are 5 mythic/archetyapl characters that fit closely together.  There is the Trickster, the Primal Man, the Titan/Giant, the Hero, and the Savior.  The Hero and the Savior are obviously related as Jesus fits fairly well into the Hero’s Journey.  The Primal Man is known as Adam in Christianity and Jesus is known as the Second Adam, one causes death and the other conquers it.  The cause of death is normally an element of the Trickster which is closely related to the Primal Man.  Loki connects the Titan/Giant with the Trickster, and Prometheus fairly well brings together the different categories.

In Walter’s book, he theorizes about a European pagan mythology that was incorporated into Christianity of the Middle Ages.  He sees at the center of this was a Giant and also related was the class of Birdwomen.  Birds have been related to shaman’s and their visions for as long as man has been thinking about such things.  He mentions the difference between myth and ritual, and how rituals are more reliable evidence of ancient religions because rituals are more stable and unchanging even as the explanations(stories) surrounding them change.

Campbell writes about the differences betweem visions and rituals in reference to what he calls the ‘Titan-shaman’.  He also details how this can be understood through looking at the differences of hunter societies and planting societies.  This relates to paganism and Christianity and the development of religion in general, and Campbell also mentions the differences of religions that emphasize the individual vs the collective.  All of this fits into the insights from Spiral Dynamics.  I also thinks this relates to Jasper’s notion of the Axial Age.

Furthermore, I’ve been thinking about the distinction between symbol and sign, connotation and denotation.  And also what Campbell was saying about tender-minded vs tough-minded.

I plan to go into more detail, but I wanted to do an intro blog to set out the ideas I’ve been pondering.

Access_public Access: Public 4 Comments Print Post this!views (604)  
Nicole : wakingdreamer
about 3 hours later

Nicole said

this would be a great series for the God Pod. what do you think?

love,

nicole

Marmalade : Gaia Child
about 7 hours later

Marmalade said

Yeah… most definitely.  I was actually thinking of posting it in one of the pods, and it probably fits well into the theme of the God pod.  Feel free to add it, or if you’d prefer I could start a thread.  My next entry should give more detail to my thoughts, and I’ll try to get to it tomorrow.

While I’m here in the comments, let me add two other related archetypes.  I was reading the chapter about the Trickster in Jeremy Taylor’s book The Living Labyrinth.  He mentions how the Divine Child and the Shadow are polar opposite faces of the Trickster.  As an example, the child who points out the king is wearing no clothes is simultaneously playing both roles.  Also, two well known examples of the Divine Child Trickster are Hermes and Krishna.  As for the Shadow, I’d think the Trickster archetype would be inseparable from it.

Marmalade : Gaia Child
about 20 hours later

Marmalade said

Here is the link to the thread where I posted this blog entry in the God Pod.

Nicole : wakingdreamer
1 day later

Nicole said

I’m really intrigued by your comment about the Divine Child, Shadow and Trickster… If you’re willing to take the discussion into archetypes and these kinds of interactions, it could really help get things rolling by sharing that in the thread on the God Pod. Many are not sure how to comment on something as intellectually challenging as your posts there, but these archetypal aspects are more accessible and intriguing to more people… what do you think?

 – – –

Here are comments from the forum threads:

Marmalade : Gaia Explorer  

Re: Myth, Religion, and Social Development: A series by Marmalade

Marmalade said Apr 8, 2008, 5:36 PM:

  By the way, if anyone has any info to add, I’d be glad to hear it.  Specifically, I’m interested in anything about the relationship between comparative mythology and Spiral Dynamics.  I know of various theories about the development of myth, but I’ve never come across a Spiral Dynamics analysis.

I’ve always wondered why comparative mythology doesn’t get much inclusion in integral discussions.  I know Julian has blogged about comparative mythology and has blogged about Spiral Dynamics, but I don’t know that he has blogged about their possible connections.

I’ve done thorough searches about this on the web, and have yet to come up with that many leads.  There is only one that comes to mind is James Whitlark who wrote about Jungian archetypes of individuation in the context of Spiral Dynamics.  However, Whitlark wasn’t looking at myth in terms of social development.

 – – –
Marmalade : Gaia Explorer  

Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 9, 2008, 2:44 AM:

  I’ve been recently thinking about comparative mythology.  I’ve been reading some books on the subject including Campbell of course, and the developmental perspective often comes up.  I thought Spiral Dynamics would be a good model to analyze theories such as Campbell’s, but I was wondering if there were any in-depth integral interpretations of comparative mythology.

In doing a web search, I see that Wilber speaks about Campbell in Sex, Ecology, Spirituality.  Its been a long while since I’ve read that book and I don’t have a copy of it on hand.  I also came across this old discussion of Wilber on the Joseph Campbell Foundation discussion board, but I haven’t had a chance to look through it thoroughly.

Does anyone know of any other info out there… websites, articles, books?
Does anyone know Wilber’s most recent thinking on mythology and mythologists?
Does anyone have any personal opinions or theories on this subject?

My thoughts at the moment are primarily focused on a particular set of archetypal characters that are often closely related in mythology.  Included in this are the Savior, God-Man, Man-Beast, Primal Man, Titan, Trickster, and Divine Child.  But I’m always interested in all aspects of mythology.

 
  Balder : Kosmonaut  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Balder said Apr 10, 2008, 9:57 AM:

  Hi, Marmalade, I’m just checking in to let you know I’m not ignoring your question – just waiting for an opportune time to write.  And to research something.  I have some books at home that discuss the works of some folks who might be of interest to you, but I haven’t had a chance to look them up yet.  I’ll try to get back to you this evening or tomorrow morning.

Best wishes,

B. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#271097′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  Marmalade : Gaia Child  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 10, 2008, 1:16 PM:

  Balder, I’d appreciate anything you had to offer. 
 
  theurj : dancer  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

theurj said Apr 10, 2008, 2:18 PM:

  I received my indoctrination into mythology via iniitiation into a hermetic and qabalastic Order. Tarot study was one of the vehicles into the meanings of myths. One of the early pioneers of tarot study is A. E. Waite, also a member of said Order. He (and his artist) published one of the most widely-used tarot decks today. His free e-book, The Pictorial Key to Tarot, can be found at this link. Enjoy.

 
  theurj : dancer  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

theurj said Apr 10, 2008, 2:37 PM:

  Jung was also fascinated with tarot and it is claimed that he got his four basic personality types from the tarot court cards. Sallie Nichols wrote an interesting book on Jung’s study of it: Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey.
 
  Marmalade : Gaia Child  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 10, 2008, 4:25 PM:

  I’ve studied Tarot a bit.  I became interested in myth through Jung, but it was through Tarot that I became interested in Jungian typology.  I’m not familiar with what Jung knew about Tarot, but he was knowledgeable of Temperaments in its pre-Kiersey form.

And it’s good that you posted that image of the Fool.  That is definitely another archetype closely related to the Trickster and Divine Child. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#271339′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  theurj : dancer  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

theurj said Apr 10, 2008, 6:58 PM:

  It is ironic that part of the curriculum of the Order was assumption of God forms through ceremonial ritual. Comparisons have been made with Tibetan deity yoga. We also used Tarot for pathworking, i.e., stepping inside the tarot card and interacting with the characters and symbols via imagination. Of couse we were first inculcated over years in the symbolical meanings of the images and other hermetical, alchemical, astrological etc. lore so that our “astral” travels were fairly pre-ordained by “right view.” On the other hand I did have some rather unique and idiosyncratic journeys with the cards, often revealing my personal and familial psychodynamic material. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#271436′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//
 
  Bill : practicioner & free  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Bill said Apr 11, 2008, 1:47 AM:

  I did have some rather unique and idiosyncratic journeys with the cards, often revealing my personal and familial psychodynamic material.

Me too. Fun times. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#271565′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//
 
  Balder : Kosmonaut  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Balder said Apr 11, 2008, 10:01 AM:

  Hi, Marmalade,

One of the authors I was thinking of is Lawrence Hatab – and in particular, his book, Myth and Philosophy.

I just looked on the web and found the following brief summary of (and editorial response to) this book:

Myths make sense in (and of) a cultural context. When the context changes, the old myths stop making sense. That’s what happened to the Greek myths over twenty-five hundred years ago, when philosophers like Xenophanes began to question the reality of the traditional gods and goddesses. In a similar spirit, our own philosophers have been chipping away at the Judeo-Christian mythos for the past couple of centuries, attempting to replace it with a secular substitute.
In Myth and Philosophy: A Contest of Truths, philosopher Lawrence J. Hatab of Dominion University has argued that myth cannot and should not be reduced to other modes of expression (such as rational explanation in philosophy, mathematics, or science), and that in its own way myth offers truths as real and important as those of rational discourse. Moreover, according to Hatab, when philosophy tries to break completely with myth, it loses its way; and it is this attempt on the part of modern science and philosophy to demythologize human consciousness that has weakened our ties with the deepest truths of our cultural heritage.


The materialist philosophers that Hatab opposes say that we should get rid of myths altogether, become more rational, and wean ourselves from superstition. Myth, they say, should retire in favor of science. But science, though it is formulated in a way quite different from traditional myths, still serves a mythic function: It tells us how the Universe began, where the first people came from, and how the world came to be the way it is. This suggestion that we do away with mythology is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of myth and of the human psyche. Myth in some form is inevitable and necessary. Our knowledge is always finite, and is always overlapped by our need for meaning. Our thoughts and aspirations seek some symbolic language through which we can talk about, and participate in, what we otherwise cannot see, touch, or taste. What is our goal, our meaning, our purpose as human beings? These are the questions a myth can answer.

Virtually every thinking person sees the need for dramatic global renewal if our world is to survive; and, as the greatest politicians, artists, spiritual leaders, and even scientists know in their bones, only a new myth can inspire creative cultural change. But where will this bolt of inspiration come from?


Ironically, while many scientists have sought to undo myth altogether, it is science itself that seems to me to be serving as a primary source for a new myth. Science’s great strengths are its continual checking of theory with experience and its ability to generate new theories in response to new discoveries. While it is still a very young enterprise, and capable of generating its own irrational dogmas, science is in principle malleable and self-correcting. Currently, it appears that elements of a new myth are emerging through quantum and relativity physics, though more directly and powerfully through the findings of anthropology (which is “discovering” the wisdom of native peoples), psychology (which is only beginning to develop a comprehensive understanding of human consciousness), sociology (which offers a comparative view of human economies and lifestyles), and ecology – as well as through the profound, nearly universal human response to the view of planet Earth from space, an image that owes more to technology than to theoretical science.


Each of these sources is, I believe, contributing to the formulation of a myth whose general features are becoming clear enough that it can be articulated in simple story form. We could call it the myth of healing and humility. It starts out somewhat like the old myth, but diverges rather quickly.”
// <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#271713′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  Lionza : Sweetfire  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Lionza said Apr 14, 2008, 3:50 PM:

  Quoting from Balder´s post :

´´Currently, it appears that elements of a new myth are emerging through quantum and relativity physics, though more directly and powerfully through the findings of anthropology (which is “discovering” the wisdom of native peoples), psychology (which is only beginning to develop a comprehensive understanding of human consciousness), sociology (which offers a comparative view of human economies and lifestyles), and ecology – as well as through the profound, nearly universal human response to the view of planet Earth from space, an image that owes more to technology than to theoretical science. ´´


It is all too apparent that Science Fiction, particularly in the last 40 years, has combined all of these fields;  physics (warp speed…), anthropology (…and new civilizations, to boldly go…), psychology ( I did not kill your father:  I am your father…) sociology (… we cannot interfere with…), ecology (… this is project Genesis…) and much more – and has unoficially become a steady source of modern mythological reference.  Not many Western kids can refer to Hanuman but they probably know Chewbacca.   And as these things go, Science fiction was/is heavily inspired from Ancient mythologies the world over. 

It seems that now movies such as the ´Lord of the Rings´ Trilogy, has joined this esteemed loop of neo-mythology.  Wasn´t the horned demon  Balrog a superb mix between Satan and the Minotaurof Crete? 

Yes, our new Mythology is here already and the great thing is that we don´t have to be conned into any crazy belief systems or worship rituals to call it ours – maybe we can re-organize it a bit…

L. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#273327′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  Marmalade : Gaia Child  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 16, 2008, 3:12 AM:

  I’m looking at several books I own right now that are about the connection between mythology, religion, and culture including pop culture.

The Secret Life of Puppets by Victoria Nelson

The Melancholy Android by Eric G. Wilson

The Gospel According to Science Fiction by Gabriel McKee

I read The Secret Life of Puppets several years ago, and its a great book.  The other two I haven’t read all of the way through, but I have read another book by Gabriel McKee which he wrote about Philip K. Dick. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#274130′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  Marmalade : Gaia Explorer  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 11, 2008, 10:29 PM:

  Balder – Thanks!  That is the kind of book that interests me.  I have some books about Jung and philosophy.  Jung certainly felt mythology and philosophy were related. // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#272032′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//
 
   

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Zakariyya [no longer around] said Apr 16, 2008, 2:08 PM:

  I really think that modernism and post-modernism doesn’t understand spiritual mythology, Including Ken Wilber.

Mythology is only the outer face of spiritual cosmologies that explain very intimately the workings of the inner [human soul] and outer universe
[UNIVERSOUL]

A GROUP OF IGNORANT PEOPLE MISINTERPRET THE MYTHS THEREFORE MODERNIST AND POST-MODERNISTS THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER

The wisest humans in history have left great pearls of knowledge in these myths. A group of secular philosophers want to label them as obsolete, though these philosophers, not a single one of them can come up with knowledge that can replace any of the real meaning of the ancient myths // <![CDATA[
SHARETHIS.addEntry({
title:'Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?',
url:'#/conversations/view/270408#274356′
}, {button:true} );
// ]]>//

 
  Marmalade : Gaia Child  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Marmalade said Apr 16, 2008, 3:23 PM:

  I hear what you’re saying about modernists and post-modenists… and Wilber too.  I do feel that most people don’t have much understanding of mythology.  This isn’t surprising as its not a subject widely taught in schools.

I don’t know to what degree that someone like Wilber does or doesn’t understand mythology, but it does seem that he doesn’t see much value in studying it as he doesn’t talk about it much.  Is this just a personal bias in that it doesn’t interest him?  Or does he see mythology as being limited to a specific quadrant at a specific level of development?

So, what would second-tier mythology look like?
What is a genuine trans-rational perspective that integrates both the rational and non-rational?

 
   

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Zakariyya [no longer around] said Apr 17, 2008, 4:14 PM:

  Wilber looks at mythology as “ myth of the given” metaphysics. In other words the great thinkers don’t need it anymore because the myths are obsolete.

There is nothing further from the truth!

The myths HAVE NEVER BEEN FULLY DECIPHERED!

People are impressed by the highly intellectual scientific mystics like Wilber because of their appearance of knowledge.

In my opinion their knowledge isnt that deep

Some important points about mythology:

1.Mythology has nothing to due with stories or fables.

2.Mythologies are just allegories that describe universal subtle laws on all levels of understanding.

3. A myth is usually based on a real event, simply because myths are always playing themselves out in the real world in some form. It is important to understand that myths have levels of interpretation

For example: The statement in the mythological New testament of Jesus:

“I and the father are one”

Is a description of the path of the mystic merging with the universal idea of cosmic science? This is the high level interpretation.

The lower level [for the exoteric believers] is a description of being one with “God”

Another myth– that of the Garden of Eden story– is also HIGHLY misunderstood.

The tree of in the Garden of Eden is really very lofty states of “Paradise” not a real tree with an apple.

The Garden of Eden itself is the inner structure known as The Essence, that which rules all of our states of consciousness.

These are just two examples of the very rich dynamic knowledge and wisdom that are cloaked in mythology.

The modernist, and postmodernists, personified by folks like Mr Wilber apparently dont understand the higher levels of interpretation of mythology.

 
  Lionza : Sweetfire  

Re: Integral Comparative Mythology?

Lionza said Apr 25, 2008, 11:12 PM:

  Yes I agree.  Myths ARE multy layered coded stories of the major  principles, havoc and games playing in  nature and her creatures, human emotions, stellar events, etc.   But since many of them have not only been coded but have also been warped by additions and twists along the corridors of time , it  gets difficult to see how consistently they do this. 

I too have been perplexed as to why Ken Wilber practically dismisses them without a close examination. Jung first understood the idea of archetypes when a bizarre dream of one of his European patients described an image of the Sun exacly like a Mithraic myth which the patient had never known.  

And I also agree that advanced laws of science are coded in myths.  For example, the idea of all of creation springing out in a Big Bang from a ´tiny seed´of compressed potential was described centuries ago in myths of the Indian sub- continent . 

Definately, treasures would be had if myths were to be deciphered  AND weeded out of warped additions.