process imagining

thoughts on religion and philosophy in process and post-structural perspective

The voyage into distant worlds of the imaginary truly conducts a dynamic psyche only if it takes the shape of a voyage into the land of the infinite. In the realm of imagination, every immanence takes on a transcendence.

#gastonbachelard #airanddreams #imagination #imaginary #immanence #transcendence

While inviting the most vital and active exercise of the imagination, such scenes and works demand silence.

#awe #nosignfication #letimaginetakeplace

This quote was given to me by a friend, as I was passing through (and still am) going through a difficult transition. The reality is, this quote hurts. It bothers me. But at the same time, it is very process oriented, and therefore I return to it. I argue with it, but it remains. Here is the quote:

To live is to die a thousand deaths to the person I used to be. I die when I accept that I will never be the person I wanted to grow up to be. My task, however, is just to travel between each version of myself and honor what emerges along the way.

May your journey, in whatever phase it is in, may it be forgiving, may it be stretching, and may you find the joyful moments within them.

#life #thestruggle #notwhatIwanted #apartoflife #makethemost #learntochange #imagine

quote, muriel rukeyser, the life of poetry, 7

We look again to the human wish, its faiths, the means by which the imagination leads us to surpass ourselves.

#imagination #humanwish #faiths #surpass #thefearofpoetry


quote, muriel rukeyser, the life of poetry, 7

If there is a feeling that something has been lost, it may be because much has not yet been used, much is still to be found and begun.

#imagination #poetry

peter lamborn wilson, spiritual destinations of an anarchist, 24.

Each of us are a part of Nature, it is true, but our value as individuals is not thereby lessened in any way, since it would be equally true to say that Nature is a part of us, individually. Nature's freedom from all abstract “categorical imperatives” does not reduce all biota to a faceless mass; on the contrary, it restores to each thing its own unique face.

#peterlambornwilson #oncharlesfourier #imagination #hermeticism

elie segel on beauty

“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

go to aesthetic realism for a reading..

#eliesegel #aestheticrealism #imagination #truth

Thinking that is reactionary always comes at a cost. It starts with an act of rejection, yet more often than not it remains committed to the logical framework that it apparently rejects. ~ Sepper, Understanding Imagination, 3.

I have been reflecting on this particular piece as it puts into words a dillemma I have had for quite some time. Whenever we engage the other with a set of tools, let us use the tools of logic, it is assumed that logic is universal. When one does not follow the same logic as others do, we enter into the idea that they are less cultured, primitive, barbaric, as they are not using the same logic we are, especially if we are trained. At that brings concern. Logic is as varied, or produces as varied results as the imagination may produce, since it follows a criteria, and criteria is vairable as well. Only when we start universalizing the criteria do we see uniformity. But that is just as dangerous! In uniformity we lose the very eventfulness that makes us unique, and that is difference, how our experiences shape who we are and how we rationalize things by way of the imagination.

The quote by Sepper awakens us to questions: if our responses are reactionary, we respond in the way of efficient causation; that is, we respond to their thoughts, and fall into the trap of using their logic. But what if we responded by moving from the efficiency of a quick response, to one that is constructed, that includes how we think? What if we deconstructed the question, and introduced how we ourselves are envisioning or seeing the world? If what we are trying to reject is the logic behind the response, then our responses need to move away from a reactionary response to one that is reflectiive and creative.

As I reflect back on some of my teaching moments, I remember times when I have been more reactionary than reflective and creative with my students. Maybe, if I am aware of my self, it was because of my insecurities, my own trying to form and shape what I think, that I may have given a reactive, inflamed response. As I try and do now, as I see the wisdom of my mentors and colleagues, my responses should be creative, asking the one asking the question to see their own logic, with its own presuppositions, to look at it from a different perspective, to see how perspecitves have the ability to be angled, shaped, to see in novel ways.

quote, charles steiner, the watch house where the switches keep

There is a “bad” eternity: the quasi-atemporality of half-inhabited images; of concepts believed; of institutions imposed. There is a “good” eternity unveiled when energy is released, where the Now abides at the very center of the transitory

#imagination #image #critiqueoftheimage #charlessteiner

quote, durkheim, the elementary forms of religious life, 15

There are no religions which are false.... All answer, though in different ways, to the given conditions of human existence.

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