1. Transcendent Writing

    Transferred from What are you Reading Now?— Oh crap!! One look at the title and you have to know I'd be all over it in a heartbeat: Transcendent Writers in Stephen King's Fiction: A Post-Jungian Analysis of the Puer Aeternus. Two of my favorite writers, and it's about not only psychology, but transcendence! It's like the quad-fecta (is there such a thing? Well, there is now!). Moreover, it covers pretty much my favorite King stories—Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Body, and The Shining (though I...
  2. Some great videos on spiritual/psychological topics

    One of the best videos I've ever seen on Jung's psychology and alchemy as a spiritual quest. Actually this channel is extremely fascinating.
  3. Hubert Dreyfus lecture series on Homer's Odyssey

    In which I tag along with Odysseus on his little jaunt around the harbor. Feel free to join us if you want.
  4. Hodgepodge

    I have a couple of videos I want to post here, but they don't fit into a single category (well, they do if you expand your thinking enough). So this is a hodgepodge thread. One of the best overall statements I've seen on the Petersonian understanding of the Bible: And a great talk by Iain McGilchrist about his latest book The Matter with Things:
  5. Some excellent explanation of Jung's ideas

    Illustration painted by Jung in his Red Book I spent some time scouring the internet for tidbits about the Red Book and suddenly ran across this amazing page: The Red Book: Some Notes for the Beginner Here's a blurb by way of explanation of what the Red Book is for those who don't know: “The years. . . when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My...
  6. The pattern shown in every story of Genesis

    I'm working my way through the Matthieu Pageau book The Language of Creation: Cosmic Symbolism in Genesis, and it's a real mind blower. The symbolism is pretty simple, but not self-evident to people raised in a materialistic culture that has lost the understanding of this code of symbolism. I'm going to try to explain it here as well as I can. Jonathan Pageau in his videos always seems to leave important parts out, and even Matthieu leaves some things out that need to be understood. I can...
  7. Jonathan Pageau on Literal vs Symbolic interpretation of the Bible

    This guy is so good at explaining this!! I hope one day to be able to do it as well, or anywhere close. The events described in the Bible happened—of course they happened!! But it's being told in a language that compresses vast cosmic ideas into a few words and uses symbols, such as Adam for Man-as-such, and Eve for woman-as-such. And in the ancient world everyone understood this. At least many did—there may well have been literalists even then. Hard to say, that world is largely lost to...
  8. Jonathan Pageau explains the esoteric view of Heaven

    This is the stuff I've been going on and on about, only he explains it much better! He's an orthodox Christian. The orthodox religions are very esoteric in their outlook. Heaven in the esoteric estimation is the world of pure abstraction. It's the same thing Plato was referring to with his world of perfect forms. Pure thought, pure idea. The invisible things, that have no physical mass.
  9. Happy Ramadan <3

    Ramadan is a lunar month in the Islamic calender. Today is the first day of Ramadan, and today many Muslims start(ed) fasting! It's an exciting experience, to be honest. Ramadan is the month of fasting, when Muslims are expected to, at surface value, abstain from food, drink and conjugal relations from dawn to dusk - and spiritually, are expected to refrain from all areas of bad deeds especially, that maybe (I think) it can become a habit in future. :D Fasting is compulsory on the...
  10. Amusing

    Just a couple of lines for now. I just realized that mankind is an amusing creature. I've gone through this site for a long while, almost a year now - and I notice; people get consoled by someone's two-three lines even if they are on their deathbed, though they can't see or hear the person in particular. They don't really know anything about him or her. But still, their few words can make our day. Yet, we are willing to believe they exist, because we can feel them through their words....
  11. Hijab - The Reality Behind The Veil

    This is a short article adopting a question-answer pattern to explain the concept of veil in Islam. For those who avoid religious discussions, let me just say that this is no longer a religious issue. it has become a social, political and economic crisis, which can only be solved through the individual understanding of Islam and its values. It is important for people to learn to differentiate between the message of media and the message of Allah, in order to construct harmonious relations...
  12. Whatever Our Faith May Be

    Just something I was trying to find words for. Finally wrote it. ------------ Just because someone’s different Does it force you to deny The humanity, and become belligerent I just want to know why Does our heart not cry When our brothers die? Why is it ‘you and me’? Why isn’t it just ‘we’? Why can’t we all be brothers and sisters? Whatever our faith may be Just ‘cause someone has a beard Means he has to be feared Isn’t it just a lock of hair Isn’t it better to be fair...
  13. I'm a terrorist and an extremist. Cha cha cha!

    Lol, I'm not drunk. Seriously, I'm a terrorist and extremist. It's as simple as the meaning of the two words. :) People use the words interchangeably with 'Muslim'. I'll just say: well yes, I'm a terrorist, I terrorize people. I terrorize the bad guys, cause I'm an active good guy. For the criminals and wrongdoers, I'm a terrorist. Rest of the guys...I'm commanded: "On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for...
  14. Internal Rebirth

    I didn't post it in the Review Room because I would want to see people's personalized viewpoint on it (if anyone bothers to give, that is) on it before I post it. It's a bit religious anyway. It's based on the American Muslims after 9/11. *1st singer* Let me die Let me dessicate, my own life Let it be easy It's not why I will consider, my own blood When it will shower Love Better than breathing If I must receive your hate Better than living If I must live a Muslim's fate...
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