The Secret Fire: Tolkien, Boehme, and the Golden Chain of Wisdom

In Tolkien’s creation myth, Ainulindalë , Eru Ilúvatar - the All-Father - first calls forth the Ainur - great beings, offspring of his thought, each being a specific idea or aspect of his spirit. Ilúvatar propounds to them a musical theme, and each gradually express their part as a harmony, comprehending themselves as part of … Continue reading The Secret Fire: Tolkien, Boehme, and the Golden Chain of Wisdom

The Quiet Delight of Things Rather Ordinary, and the Cost of Getting Scammed

As much as I love peak experiences, there is also the delicate joy that consists in the quiet delight of things rather ordinary.  A crisp morning with no noise of industry, birds chirping, squirrels foraging, all along a splendid, illustrious, and tolerable sunshine. I am not one for being overly sentimental, too much sap spoils the … Continue reading The Quiet Delight of Things Rather Ordinary, and the Cost of Getting Scammed

Information, Mediation, and Hierarchy

There is a basic pattern underlying and governing the formation of bodies. This pattern is the expression of an abstract principle, the substance of this principle is information, deposited into objects.  On the highest plane it is all the explication of one mysterious thing.  It has a three-fold operation of Principle, Process, Product; Positive, Neutral, … Continue reading Information, Mediation, and Hierarchy

Imagination, Objectification, and Forbidden Knowledge

"He dwells in us, not in the nether world, not in the starry heavens. The spirit living within us fashions all this."  - Agrippa von Nettesheim   What is imagination? The common answer is that imagination is the ability to mentally reproduce visual images without external stimulus. Sometimes the answer will include other sensory aspects such … Continue reading Imagination, Objectification, and Forbidden Knowledge