The system of "seven states of consciousness" articulated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi forms the basis of this unusual critique of modern literature. In seven chapters, "Invitation to the Dance," "Absurdity," "Transcendence," "Enlightenment," "Celebration," "Unity," and "The Enlightened Artist," Douglas Mackey here examines fourteen well-known writers and their equally well-known works.
In March 2005, the United Nations released its Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Among the findings: 2/3 of the world's ecosystems are seriously degraded; 90 percent of the world's fish stocks are depleted; and climate change is not just something that might happen, it is already upon us. Many people, including many Christians, will hear this and delude themselves into thinking that technology can and will save the day. A wiser and more helpful response, especially for Christians, is to find a way to step back into the flow of nature from which we have extricated ourselves. In Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos, Bruce Sanguin shows us the way. Sanguin draws on the latest scientific understandings of the nature of the universe and weaves them together with biblical meta-narratives and frequently overlooked strands of the Judeo-Christian tradition to create an ecological and truly evolutionary Christian theology - a feat few theologians have even attempted. The importance of this accomplishment can hardly be overstated. As Sanguin writes, "It's time for the Christian church to get with the cosmological program. We need new wineskins for the new wine the Holy One is pouring out in the 21st century. Twenty-first-century science has provided us with new a new story of creation that needs to inform our biblical stories of creation. We now know, for instance, that we live in an evolving or evolutionary universe. Evolution is the way that the Holy creates in space and in time, in every sphere: material, biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual. This new cosmology simply cannot be contained by old models and images of God, or by old ways of being the church." As his starting point, Sanguin encourages readers to rediscover awe - an attitude very much absent from the modern mindset. "We don't see what is before us," he writes, "and as a result, we are plundering our planet at an unprecedented rate. If we could see what is before our eyes, day in and day out, the sacred radiance of creation would drop us to our knees and render us speechless." Central to this recovery of awe is the new Great Story, the 14-billion-year history of the cosmos. Into this Great Story, first told by Thomas Berry and by mathematical physicist and cosmologist Brian Swimme, Sanguin reintroduces the presence God. Heady as all this sounds, it has very practical implications for the mission of the church. Sanguin writes: "In the first centuries after Jesus' death, his disciples looked around at their world and found that what was needed by way of response to the crisis of their age was hospitals for the sick and food for the poor. This is what compassion required of them. Mission is determined by the context in which the church finds itself in each new age. I am suggesting that, today, there is nothing more critical than a compassionate response to the plight of our planet. The church must be at the forefront of shifting human consciousness away from an ethic of domination for economic gain and toward a spirituality of awe. This book - and more importantly the work of integration it suggests - represents a fundamental challenge to our theological and liturgical models. But for those who are ready and willing to embark on an exciting theological journey of discovery, it also represents a rich opportunity to become reacquainted with the Spirit of God moving in and through the very dynamics of an unfolding universe.
According to Natale, "dancing is one of the easiest ways to celebrate and heal your life. The magic of trance dancing occurs when you dance from inside your heart". Natale's music, when combined with the special movements outlined in this book, takes you safely into an altered state of awareness where negative emotions and self-imposed barriers disappear, and where mind, body and spirit are healed.
After reading all his works and critically reading his collection of poetry I can say that his poetry can be compared to that of John Keats and William Blake. Reading the Epilogue of this book, will give you a glimpse of the poetic mind of the poet Theodore. Hope that he continues to write poetry till the end of his life. His contribution shall always be for the mind of those who search for the truth. Going beyond the limits of institutionalised religions, he seeks the truth and it gives a sense of the mystery to all his writings. It attracts me and gives me a sense of satisfaction. He asks the reader? "Does a raindrop find itself when it falls in the river? Are you really present to the life you have? "On the paths mildly lighted by angels, I walk along to see at the end, light pure." That is exactly his life. He lives in a world of dreams and in his own world of ideas. He can love like a child and smile like a child. Simplicity to the core is his way. "I built a golden tent and called all my friends of nature to come and rejoice with me like little lambs." The gift of imagination is his great strength. In his ordinary talks, or prepared lectures or preaching in his churches, he dances with the steps of a fairy. He writes again: "perceive the soul of beauty in you, sustain the imaginative perceptions and wonder like a child." To understand his poetry, one has to sit and think and get the meaning of the symbols he uses. There is always a mystical philosophy in his mind. The naked observation of nature, dealing with myths, visionary ideas, romantic ideals, faith in the divine power, the dignity of natural man and woman, spirit and compassion.., all that, you can read here in this bouquet of poems. Professor Rudolf Rohr. "These are poems of depth with imaginative power and quality. It is a joy for the mind." Jain Jordan. "It is lyrical and inspiring. He draws from the great wisdom traditions, and leads his ideas into a culmination of ecstasy." Michelle Godson "It is an ecstasy of true romance, a romance of the soul with the God of love." Jeremiah Rosenthal "Passion, romance, God and nature, life and its pains, innocence and beauty are the constant themes of this poetry." It is like the songs of a morning bird singing in your soul. Paul Kowalski
This book of Epic poems gives meaning to every moment of our living as it uses language to meander through ideas and philosophies of peoples and cultures, effecting behaviors, visions and changes. The Dance of Words, written with fire, reminds its readers of a time when integrity, honor and love were in flower, and lost moments of mankinds existence come vividly alive, with dramatic accounts of modern life, history, myths and fantasy. The Poems emerge with power and passion showing the values that impact upon human development and forces us to look deeply into our humanity in order to embrace fully this Blast of Light called life.
“Sharon Talley draws on psychoanalytic theory to illuminate the connections between Bierce’s life and works, without ever losing sight of the historical contexts—especially his experience in the Civil War—that also shaped his creativity. This judicious and comprehensive book will give a major boost to the reassessment of Bierce’s place in American letters.” —Peter L. Rudnytsky, author of Reading Psychoanalysis: Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death uses psychoanalytic theory in combination with historical, cultural, and literary contexts to examine the complex motif of death in a full range of Bierce’s writings. Scholarly interest in Bierce, whose work has long been undervalued, has grown significantly in recent years. This new book contributes to the ongoing reassessment by providing new contexts for joining the texts in his canon in meaningful ways. Previous attempts to consider Bierce from a psychological perspective have been superficial, often reductive Freudian readings of individual stories such as “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “The Death of Halpin Frayser.” This new volume not only updates these interpretations with insights from post-Freudian theorists but uses contemporary death theory as a framework to analyze the sources and expressions of Bierce’s attitudes about death and dying. This approach makes it possible to discern links among texts that resolve some of the still puzzling ambiguities that have—until now—precluded a fuller understanding of both the man and his writings. Lively and engaging, Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death adds valuable new insights not only to the study of Bierce but to that of nineteenth-century American literature in general. Sharon Talley is the author of the Student Companion to Herman Melville. Her articles have been published in Nineteenth-Century Prose, American Imago, and the Journal of Men’s Studies. She is associate professor of English at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.
Annotation This is the third volume in the Consciousness Reframed series, documenting the very latest artistic and theoretical research in new media and telematics, including aspects of artificial life, robotics, technoetics, performance, computer music and intelligent architecture. The contributions to this volume represent the work produced at conferences and in journals which are only now emerging into more accessible literature. With many highly respected practitioners and theorists in art and science contributing, there is a stimulating diversity of approach and a rich background of knowledge.
The wheels of life fell off in early life. He then kept falling into holes which were not there. Why, he asks. An interesting personal story set in British Malaya, the Japanese Occupation, and post-war Australia.