June 2013

* Cauldron


"The true creator must combine the highest level of self-expression with total self-surrender, Eros married to Agape. Rank would have agreed with Ingmar Bergman that the world's greatest art was offered to God. The modern cult of the creative person takes its theme from Norman Mailer's Advertisements for Myself; this overly self-conscious creativity inflates its self-importance as it elbows to gain precedence at the pearly gates. Rank saw the symptoms of neuroses and psychoses as breakdowns in the capacity to deny death. These people were 'artistes manque', tortured by the paradoxes they could not resolve and confronted by death-in-life. This accounted for typical neurotic symptoms, ambivalence, hesitation, stammering, anxiety, inner conflict, chronic indecision, with intimate relationships equally conflicted. Often there was an underlying disgust with the mortal coil, evidenced by depression, rituals of decontamination, rage turned inwards or outwards, with extremes of hyperactivity or nervous prostration. The psychotic has totally split the death fear from the life fear, babbling to himself in a symbolic world divorced from social reality,or suffering beneath the weight of his body in rigid, foetal and immobile postures."

"The old teachers knew what they were saying. Once we have learned to read again their symbolic language, it requires no more than the talent of an anthologist to let their teaching be heard. But first we must learn the grammar of the symbols, and as a key to this mystery I know of no better modern tool than psychoanalysis. Without regarding this as the last word on the subject, one can nevertheless permit it to serve as an approach.

The second step will be then to bring together a host of myths and folktales from every corner of the world, and to let the symbols speak for themselves. The parallels will be immediately apparent; and these will develop a vast and amazingly constant statement of the basic truths by which man has lived throughout the millennia of his residence on the planet."
(Myth and Dream, by Joseph Campbell)

clockwork | by Patrick Watts


"How do we ensure (as Freud hoped) that Eros dominates?"

"Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities."
(C.S. Lewis)

"Self-surrender of the will affords for its understanding a totally different psychology from that of the grabbing and possessive Eros, from which the individual will originally springs. In that respect, Eros is willing selfishly and greedily."

"The sexual instinct (or Eros) is by far the more conspicuous and accessible to study. The second class of instincts was not so easy to point to."
(Sigmund Freud)

"Really, what Eros means in the Greek sense, is a kind of unity, a kind of all pervasive order, that bridges one ontological level to another."
(Terence McKenna)

"Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"Eros, again now, the loosener of limbs troubles me, Bittersweet, sly, uncontrollable creature."

"Eros is a superhuman power which, like nature herself, allows itself to be conquered and exploited as though it were impotent. But triumph over nature is dearly paid for. Nature requires no explanations of principle, but asks only for tolerance and wise measure. "Eros is a mighty daemon," as the wise Diotima said to Socrates. We shall never get the better of him, or only to our own hurt. He is not the whole of our inward nature, though he is at least one of its essential aspects."
(Carl Jung, 1957)

"It didn't occur to me that a person would lie for the feeling of superiority and power. And yet it should have."
(Katha Pollit)


"When thou goest to woman, take thy whip!"
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"All women are matchmakers, and this property of the woman to be the advocate of the idea of pairing is the only one which is found in women of all ages, in young girls, in adults, and in the aged. The old woman is no longer interested in her own union, but she devotes herself to the pairing of others. This habit of the old woman is nothing new, it is only the continuance of her enduring instinct."
(Otto Weininger)

Even Feminists Enjoy Sexual Surrender


"The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead. He is detached, thus at one with all. Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment."
(Seven, Tao Te Ching)

"The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love."
(Meister Eckhart)

"I say to you, Love (agapate) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?"
(Matthew 5:43-46)

"Magnify the small, increase the few. Reward bitterness with care. See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things."
(Sixty-three, Tao Te Ching)

"Can you be as a newborn babe? Washing and cleansing the primal vision, Can you be without stain, loving all men?"
(Ten, Tao Te Ching)

"Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things."
(Thirteen, Tao Te Ching)

"Agape is total love, the love that devours those that experience it. Whoever knows and experiences Agape sees that nothing else in this world is of any importance, only loving. This was the love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of man's history."
(Paulo Coelho)

"No one can deny that a network (a world network) of economic and psychic affiliations is being woven at ever increasing speed which envelops and constantly penetrates more deeply within each of us. With every day that passes it becomes a little more impossible for us to act or think otherwise than collectively."
(Pierre Chardin)


"What existence is the happiest? Is it that of the young girl sixteen summers old, pure and innocent, she sits diligently and yet finds time to glance sideways at him who possesses nothing, not a chest of drawers, not a pedestal, but only a partner in the same wardrobe, and yet has an entirely different explanation for the case, for in her he possesses the whole world, in spite of the fact that she possesses nothing. And who is the most unhappy? It is that rich young man--twenty-five winters old who dwells opposite."

(Soren Kierkegaard)