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The Alchemy of Wholeness
May 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
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Explore what it means to become whole with Marcus Link
Bringing together snapshots from poets, psychologists and philosophers, Marcus will help us take a look through the eyes of two of the greatest 20th century thinkers; Jan Christian Smuts and Carl Gustav Jung.
“The mystic poet, Rumi, wrote: ‘What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.’
We will look at what inner qualities might be useful and what kind of mapping and transportation might aid us on such an inner journey. Maybe in the process we will find ourselves adding a few vital breaths in the process of giving life to a mythopoetic matrix suitable for our age; one that allows us to experience what Rumi describes as the opening of the flower within.
Our non-deterministic, holistic approach indicates a kind of journey where the transformational quality of the journey itself is an essential aspect if not actually the purpose. Does its esoteric nature also mean that the inner eye only sees figments of imagination whereas the outer eye sees the world as it is?
Galileo et al. showed we are not masters of the universe. Darwin et al. showed we are not masters of planet Earth. Freud et al. showed we are not even masters of our own house of consciousness. Philosophically, the Age of Enlightenment was driven by the belief in rationality as the path to absolute certainty.
Yet, powerful as this reframing was, the nature of the universe anticipated by these revolutions turns out to be just as mythical: we are still looking for solid ground under our feet. Though today we are looking for ever smaller particles and technological solutions to our philosophical quandaries instead of access to higher truths and God’s grace. To paraphrase Wittgenstein, maybe our problem is that we confuse properties and ingredients.
In similar vein Smuts believed: “ Beauty and holiness are as much aspects of nature as energy and entropy.”
Inner alchemical laboratory
Bringing together snapshots from poets, psychologists and philosophers, we will enter the inner alchemical laboratory and attempt to make our own philosopher’s stone.
As Jung put it, “A plant that is meant to produce a flower is not individuated if it does not produce a flower, it must fulfil the cycle; and the man who does not develop consciousness is not individuated, because consciousness is his flower; it is his life, it belongs to our process of individuation that we shall become conscious.”