ATTENTION: Religious and spiritual folks who read this blog, I have a question for you and I am very interested in your responses. This is more than idle curiosity, however, for it cuts to the core of both spirituality-as-such and of what I plan on studying in my return to college.
What is your response to (and/or explanation of) the strongly apparent necessity of the physical brain to metaphysical mind? Neuroscience more and more finds direct correlates between brain states and mental states; how does this affect you and your worldview? Do you have any particular religious and/or philosophical responses? In short, what does this seemingly causative relationship from “brain” to “mind” mean?
I have my own ideas, here, but I’m looking for the ideas of others. Please share!
Sorry to those who occasionally look around here in hopes of finding some new yammering out of me. I’ve been spending all of my mental energy working on a large writing project and an even larger research project (with an eye toward getting a large-scale writing project out of it!), so there really just hasn’t been much to devote to this little blog of mine.
So in the meantime, while I work on the bigger stuff, I’d rather not leave the Magical Messiah to totally languish. In that spirit, I’m going to start posting short descriptions of books I’m reading (or have just finished reading) in the hopes that those others who have read it may tell me what they think, or those who have not read it can post questions or comments about the book or its subject matter. That way, even though the blog itself won’t have a ton of new content (until a shorter article idea pops-up, anyway) there might still be a little bit of discussion here and there to keep things interesting.
Thanks in advance to anybody who chooses to participate!
I am presently in the process of changing the approach of this blog. I will provide more details shortly. In the meantime, anybody looking through the archives may find that some entries are disappearing. This is because I have decided to change focus almost entirely from doctrine, theology, and philosophy to practice, with theology et al only coming in where necessary to support the practice. Again, more details to come.
Thanks to the kind permission of the folks at Merkur Publishing, I will soon be posting a multi-part exploration of the arcanum of alchemy with extensive quotations from Johannes Helmond’s incomparable Alchemy Unveiled! I’m very excited about this project, as Alchemy Unveiled has been one of the most helpful books in my studies for several years. I feel blessed to have been granted so much insight into alchemy, and I wish to share what I have been given. I welcome comments on this topic, as well as specific questions if anybody has them and wishes me to address particular concepts and concerns.
I have begun working on an ongoing esoteric, Hermetic and mystical glossary. This is definitely a living document, as I will be adding to and editing it considerably over the course of time.