Another SIGN (Spiritual Intuitively Grounded News): The Collective Imagination

“The enemy is real, its always been real.”

[Jon Snow, King of the North, to Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, in the Dragon Glass cave, after showing her the cave paintings revealing who/where the real dangers lie – the Army of the Dead, and the White Walkers … from Game of Thrones season the 7th]

Are artists of the scale of this work in tune with the world in a way many are not. Does it mean anything, or is it just escapism? Art has more meaning in its middle finger then the whole body of abstract reasoning buried in untranslatable – allegedly higher – mathematics.

Winter is coming. It will last a while. Details are here: “The Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium” This is not about fire or ice, but about a world succumbing to hearts too cold and distant, from each other, themselves, or the Old Gods, and the New = the Consciousness of Nature (which is everywhere) gifted to the Three Eyed Raven in all of us.

A culture which does not honor and follow its artists, has lost its heart. Most politicians, and far too many of their owners, the Lords of Finance, are abandoning their responsibilities for … Who owns us? If our hearts are free to sing our songs, and know our poets – the Leonard Cohens; the Marshal Mathers; the Bob Marleys; pick your favorite.

Most every educated person knows of the terms: “the collective unconscious”. “ … a form of the unconscious(that part of the mind containing memories and impulses of which the individual is not aware”

Is this the aboriginal Australian dreamtime? The hallowed halls of the primal archetypes? Where you can go, awake, if you follow a path so old its memories live anyway, in many names, and in many hearts. Does enlightening the world mean the end of kundalini yoga, tantric sex, and tales of Faerie, or the Underworld; another name for the land of the Dead, where Christ is said to have gone on a Saturday not so long ago.

All the old things are returningCosmic circles ever turningAll the truth we’ve been yearning forLife is our saviour, saviour, saviour, save your soul… Moody Blues “On Step into the Light”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” [Einstein]

I ‘n I’s magi c nation coming. We are the future becoming. We make inner pictures and embrace the world with our art. Nothing stops the music. Nothing, not even the black-hole in a bankers heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet (kubla khan and rime of the ancient mariner), a very learned man and familiar with the intoxicants of the poppy, wrote amazing stuff about everything. Here we just notice what he said about the primary and the secondary imagination:

“The Imagination then I consider either as primary, or secondary. The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I Am. The secondary I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to re-create; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead.”

Reality is a nested Russian doll, consisting of Creator/created, an endless hall of mirrors that teaches. When Rey (in Star Wars 8), while studying with Luke to be a Jedi, has to go Down, inside the Earth, and see herself infinitely reflected, … where do the writers get this idea?

“Everything is both simpler than we can imagine and more entangled than we can conceive.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Is imagination the collective consciousness, and in that wise distinct from the collective unconscious?

Recently I’ve been noticing a pattern in certain film arts. A kind of dark subject gets unusual expression, for example: “Stranger Things”, which posits an upsidedown underneath conscious of itself and inhabited. Try to imagine this: Suppose more and more people seem to get in contact with Faerie, such that heartless scientists modify children who may have “powers”. Governments want to weaponize the Underworld. Still, there’s a wonderful cautionary tale in Susanna Clarke’s novel: Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

Chem-trails, and weather modification aside, our Atmosphere is a locus of invisible Beings, not only making forced adjustments because of our arrogant ignorance, but They too touch the Collective Imagination and inspire such films as: Arrival: “A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.” IMDB

What do the writers’ imaginations reveal in this film: Beings who can manipulate gravity (space) and the experience of time, whose way of writing consists of feathered circles, and who have come to tell us they will need our help in 3000 years. See Ruskin’s “the Queen of the Air”. If you grok this film rightly, you will never look at clouds the old way, … never.

Nature spirits, of various intentions, participate in the Collective Imagination. Wanting human beings to begin another love affair with the Mother, artists are inspired, and each Age has its markers and signs. But the Old Moon Ways, of magic and mysticism, involve powers older (H.P. Lovecraft) than Old. “All the old things are returning.”

Then there is the film: Annihilation. Watch it. Hard to imagine a better fore-reckoning of what happens when our response to the Unknown aspects of Faerie is to stand outside and observe, after which we send in the soldiers to die – or perhaps join – with the deconstruction, which Eros induces, as the primal power of generation. No broken eggs, no omelet … is the folk saying.

“One attains Inspiration, which can be experienced when one performs mathematics in the right way, when this performance of mathematics itself becomes an experience that can then be developed further into that which one finds in the Vedanta. Inspiration is complemented at the other pole by Imagination, and only through Imagination does one arrive at something enabling one to comprehend man.” Rudolf Steiner, generator of a Goethean Science, a science were the image building aspect of the mind learns to see in wholes, as exactly as the phenomena needing study behaves.

The World is Speech, which the most ancient ones well knew how to read. Try your hand at Listening to the World Song. “The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, … “ STC

“ … when one performs mathematics in the right way, when this performance of mathematics itself becomes an experience that can then be developed further … “

This is the best book for training the image creating power, in the light of Projective Geometry (the geometry of the endlessly living) Own a copy. “Physical and Ethereal Spaces”, by George Adams.

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