Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: Half-baked quest
- --- Jennifer wrote:
> I came across something earlier and thought it might make good fodderHi Jennifer,
> for discussion here, or at least as a side act for the circus. Carl
> Jung once said the most important question anyone can ask is: What myth
> am I living?
This reminds me of a prayer by Victor Anderson, which can also be used as a chant:
Who is this flower above me?
What is the work of this god?
I would know myself in all my parts.
Always good to meditate on where we have been and where we are going, IMNSHO.
Musing on myths and magic...
"Life's short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind." --Henri-Frederic Amiel
- Tarjei wrote:
> I've found the old email, but half of it is missing -Okay, cool!
> it was on an old CD in a different format for Eudora,
> and it's barely readable. (I can see that I brought
> up the subject on the old "Spiritual Science" list in
> January 1999, which I recall brought on quite a stir with
> Bobby Matherne.) And the irony of it all is that the
> text disappears in the middle of this thing about
> Jung and Steiner, so I'll share what I have and add
> from memory. I'll be happy to contact Waage for a
> replay, but he may be out of town and out of country,
> because he hasn't been answering lately.
> What brought this up between Waage and myself inThank you for this, Tarjei.
> 1996 was the topic of Andrei Belyj - the Russian poet
> with that moving description of Rudolf Steiner at
> http://uncletaz.com/belyi.html which was also I
> think published at Frank's SCR -
> Anyway, Waage commands fluent Russian and has spent
> many years there, made his name as reporter in Norway
> because he's an expert on Russia and Russian literature,
> and then he's also an anthro and he flipped when I
> mentioned Belyj, whom he found very exciting, so he
> told me a lot of stuff - such as the guy (Belyj) wrote
> eight autobiographies, including his book about Steiner
> and Blok, and one of those had been published in 1992:
> "Geheime Aufzeichnungen. Erinnerungen an das Leben
> im Umkreis Rudolf Steiners".
> This book is a strange rendition of some sort of psychotic
> breakdown that happened to Belyj while he was in Dornach -
> and Waage says this book "was written ten years later with
> a little eerie absolute faith in the reality of something
> that must have been hallucinations and distorted perceptions
> (about anthroposophical spies who climb the trees outside
> his window, for instance.) I myself am waiting for the
> publication of a three volume cultural history that Belyj
> wrote, and that are lying in the archives in Moscow.
> One gets kind of full of his autobiographies after a while."
> Waage then talks about Magnus Ljunggren's doctoral thesis,
> a study about Belyj he recommends, this study is about Belyj
> and Steiner, but because Ljunggren is a convinced Freudian,
> he views the entire relationship as a wish by Belyj for a
> homo-erotic fructification of Steiner(!). The book still has
> lots of important information. In 1994 another book by
> Ljunggren had been published about a friend and later
> polemical opponent of Belyj, namely Emil Medtner:
> "The Russian Mephisto". Big parts of this book are about
> Belyj and Steiner, and then there is what Waage calls
> "the raisin inside the sausage": Namely that while Belyj
> had found his teacher in Steiner, Medtner had found his
> teacher in Jung. And here the old 1996 email text breaks,
> so what I recall is that when Belyj and Medtner were
> friends, Belyj would fill Medtner with anthroposophy and
> make an anthro out of him more or less, perhaps by bringing
> him along to Steiner's lectures. And then later, when
> Medtner became Jung's patient and pupil or whatever and
> went into psychotherapy with him, he gave him all this
> anthro-babble he had picked up from Belyj, or perhaps some
> of it directly from Steiner when attending his lectures.
> So there he is, Medtner on Jung's couch (I guess) with
> his eyes closed being instructed to talk about his childhood
> (I guess) and he gives him anthro-babble - the cosmology
> and the full package. And Jung writes all this down,
> fascinated, and he develops his theory of dreams and
> symbols and such, indirectly inflence by Steiner through
> Belyj and Medtner!
> That's all I've got on this. This is basement stuff, man,
> because it's so rumorous sort of, and it's something I bet
> the Hole Dwellers would like to get their teeth into some
> of it, so I hope I haven't been one of the hens in that
> feather story but simply repeated faithfully what I've heard :)
> Frank wrote:That's very interesting, too. Frank, today I've been reading from
> Jung never mentioned Steiner in his writings (as far as I
> know) and didn't even accept the possibility of reincarnation
> until nearly the end of his life (Dreams, Memories, Reflections.)
hypnotherapist Michael Newton's book, "Life Between Lives." A few
things came to my attention. One of them is something he calls
Atlantis Attraction, which involves conscious thoughts that interfere
with the subconscious unfolding of details about lives lived in the
past. In this case, a client might have learned a great deal about a
particular period in history, "a conscious attraction to certain well-
known events and familiar myths." He says that when these attractive
aspects of the past drive memory and distort recall, the need to
disengage conscious thought interference arises. He does this by
asking the client to pause (while under hypnosis) to review his or
her memories, to verify location. This can push away the conscious
thoughts and open the channel to the unconscious. He says faulty
reporting also arises out of something he calls Famous Person
Syndrome. He tells about three Marilyn Monroe cases he had; in one of
these, the client came to realize she was not a reincarned Marilyn
but instead a housekeeper for the actress.
And here is something else interesting: "In life between lives
regression, the good news is that once in the spirit world the
conscious mind does not seem to interfere to any great degree with
the superconscious except when reviewing past life incarnations."
A little later on, he says: "Truths may initially be clouded by
desired fantasies, strong belief systems, repressed fears, or simply
unhappiness with a current life the client thinks is dull."
Then: "Memories that you suspect are faulty through conscious
misconceptions can be handled by gentle challenging of critical
questioning." (The words "conscious misconceptions" stand out here.)
And just one more thing, he emphasizes the need to do something that
reminds me of the idea of reframing, or "thickening" a too-thin
story: "Moving back and forth in various time frames while going over
the same ground is effective."
I don't know, you may or may not find this of value. For some reason,
I'm fascinated by these ideas.
Cheers from the couch,
> Sweet non-Jungian dreams,