The recent film Bliss depicts a core philosophy in mysticism, which is the unity of opposites, and the knowability of those opposites.
Tag: Tree of Knowledge
The Mysticism of Frozen II: Part 4, Into the Unknown
One of the major themes in Disney's Frozen II is the journey into the unknown, which is a common element of the mystical journey into communion with the Divine.
The Nondual Scientific and Mystical Reality of our Self
Transcending dualism back to the nondual unity of the One, of the Singularity, is something which we may approach from scientific, philosophical, and mystical perspectives.
The Tension between Absolute Knowing and Mystical Uncertainty
Can we know anything absolutely? Is there an absolute objective truth out there? What does mysticism say about this?
Relative Truth, Knowledge, and Morals in Mormonism, Law, and Mysticism
Will we ever discover the absolute truth, moral or intellectual, or otherwise? Can we ever know the Absolute?
A Psychological and Mystical Interpretation of the Myth of Adam & Eve and the Garden of Eden
I think the story of Adam & Eve is a mythological allegory describing humanity's "fall" of consciousness into the dualities of self-awareness, subject/object relationships, and the opposites of existence. This is symbolized in the partaking of the "tree" of knowledge of good and evil, i.e. dualities.
What Good is the Ego-Self?
Over the past several months I've explored the nature of the human ego as it relates to spirituality in many of the major religious and spiritual traditions, as well as in science. As I noted in a series of posts, it seems that a recurrent theme throughout many of them is the idea of sacrificing ego, overcoming ego, transcending ego, even experiencing a kind of "death" of the ego, so as to realize the true nature of the self, of reality, and of God. We might ask then, what good is the ego? Is it all bad? Do we want to destroy our ego? Is that true spirituality?
What is the Second Coming?
One of the most profound realizations I've had in recent years is that the Second Coming is something that we can effect through our "repentance" (metanoia = a change of mind, or conscious perception of the world).
Our Ideas of God Are Not God
The ideas we have about God are not God. Any idea, thought, or concept never was and never will be God. They may be helpful symbols that point to God, metaphors, analogies, allegories, images, but they are not God as God is. They will inevitably conflict with one another and be fallible, as every symbol eventually fails at actually being the thing it is supposed to represent. The symbol is never the thing-in-itself.
The Evolution of Ego in the Allegory of Adam & Eve
I think the nature of the development of the ego-self in our consciousness, both in the evolution of humanity at large, and within each of us in our childhood, is what is being symbolized in the mythology of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic story of the Garden of Eden and Adam & Eve.