The Oracle of Delphi in Greece [approx. 1400 B.C. to A.D. 381] was visited by people seeking answers about the future, from when to plant fields to the most auspicious time to declare war. Answers supposedly came from the god Apollo.
The photo is the oracle in the movie “300” [DVD], a depiction of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller.
Research confirms a mythology about the psychedelic origin of the Oracle’s typically obscure or enigmatic messages.
The National Geographic News article by John Roach, Delphic Oracle’s Lips May Have Been Loosened by Gas Vapors, says there were “hydrocarbon gases in spring water near the site of the Delphi temple… one is ethylene, which has a sweet smell and produces a narcotic effect described as a floating or disembodied euphoria.”
An aside: psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. commented in our interview: The Psychology of Creativity that “Gifted individuals, those with a genius (incidentally, the Latin word for daimon).. in some respects experience and give voice not only to their own demons but the collective daimonic as well.
“So they are kind of like little oracles of Delphi, or canaries in a coal mine, sensing the dangers, the conflicts, the cultural shadow, and trying to give it some meaningful expression.”
Eloise Hart notes in her article The Delphic Oracle that the “best known Delphic injunction was carved into the lintel at the Temple of Apollo: Gnothi seauton, Know Thyself.”
But the article adds that “Croesus, a man of action and not philosophical, took this to mean that he should know his own strength, know what he wanted, and should rely on his own judgment.
“Others have found deeper meaning in these words, taking the ‘self’ to mean the higher self, the true Self; to imply that as [humanity] is the microcosm of the macrocosm,” whoever knows themselves knows all.
In his article Who am I?, Andrew Schneider declares, “All questions that we may have about life arise from one fundamental question: Who Am I? All problems begin with not knowing this answer. The answer changes with time and with changes in consciousness. Our joy comes from an insight into this question.
“All fulfillment and all healing must address explicitly or implicitly this question. The answer is not information, although information or concepts might be formulated. The answer is always a soul connection. It is an identification with the expression of Spirit within us, which is in part what soul is.”
“I have weird tattoos and weird hair — I’m a weird person.” Musician Ed Sheeran
Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman comments: “Creative expression equals self-expression… So anything we can do to firm up our identity, figure out who we are, separate from others, and what it is we really want to express – that influences our information processing of everything in the world.”
From post: Identity and Being Creative.
Article publié pour la première fois le 08/08/2013