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If we fail
to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to
process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the
is what makes life worth living.
Woodman - quoted in W-ISDOM list 9/5/04 -
see newsletters page
from book : Pregnant
Virgin : A Process of Psychological Transformation
in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts) - by Marion Woodman
path" is the hilarious popular term for those night-blinded mesas and
hills in which people grope, for decades on end, with the goal of
the absolute. Only by living completely in the world can one learn to
book: Philip Zaleski. The
Best Spiritual Writing 2000
Merton wrote, "There is always a temptation to diddle around in the
life, making itsy-bitsy statues."
is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making
itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end.
is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from
gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this
grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on
edge of rage.
won't have it.
world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter,
more extravagant and bright.
are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising
when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.
excoriates false prophets as those who have "not gone up into the
gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit's one home, the altitudes
latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover
for the first time like a once-blind man unbound.
gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts
God; they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances
through, the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery.
up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too.
the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock -- more than
a maple -- a universe. This is how you spend the afternoon, and
morning, and tomorrow afternoon. Spend the afternoon. You can't take it
at Tinker Creek
Simon is a producer ("What Dreams May
and other films), and director of "Indigo," written by Neale Donald
about a psychic child and her "ability to heal even the deepest of
Blend Magazine : What kind of teaching
do you think this film has?
Simon : I hope that it doesn't teach
anything, because entertainment is not supposed to be for teaching.
is supposed to be for entertaining people, and hopefully for inspiring
and empowering people.
it is very important that if you have spiritual messages to deliver
that they be done in subtext. ///
passion of my life is Spiritual Cinema. I decided a year and half ago
leave Los Angeles, to come to a different place to help birth a new
of entertainment where we don't have to pull back, where we don't have
to homogenize, where we don't have to dumb things down.
I don't have a studio saying "Well, but some people in Missouri might
understand this so you have to make it clear for everybody." We're not
going to do that.
Insights: An Interview with Stephen Simon by Robin Rice and Susan
Magical Blend Magazine
Simon sites :
Messages Media / The Institute for Spiritual Entertainment
Spiritual Cinema Circle
Force is With You: Mystical Movie Messages that Inspire Our
I was eighteen I had this experience where I thought everything is for
a purpose. It was incredibly grounding. Then six months later I had
experience that made me feel the opposite, that there is nothing higher.
eat, we sleep, we procreate. We want to fulfill our own desires, and
it. I remember asking my boyfriend at the time, Which is it? And it's
I still ponder.
[from article by Kitty Bowe Hearty, Interview, Aug, 1998]
of God: Sixty Reflections of Spiritual Beliefs -
by Adam Gaynor
a series of portraits of people from a wide range of cultures,
the universal question, "What does God mean to you?"
photographs were taken over a two year period throughout the Eastern
of the United States. From large cities such as New York, Charlotte,
to small rural towns like High View, West Virginia, Monk's Corner,
Carolina, and Islamorada, Florida Keys, these photographs and
interviews explore these variant individuals diverse beliefs of God.
and photo from Adam Gaynor site
deep questions explored in our traditional religious texts can often be
found hiding in mainstream science fiction.
The Trojan Horse of Fiction - by Gregory
[Science & Spirit Magazine]
Matrix: Reloaded is a spiritual story of a quest for the true world
behind what we think of as the real one. When it hit theatres in May,
immediately became a box-office behemoth. Yet, the science fiction
received few notices in the religious press.
collusion of theology and science fiction is not new. The Matrix
are elaborated views of a world dominated by artificial intelligences,
which keep most of us in pods, feeding us an illusory world-this one
sitting in-through spinal taps. Our lives are piped into our brains,
with sensory experiential Muzak. ....
thinking about religion and theology abounds in perhaps the most
quarter, modern science fiction. Though many think of science fiction
atheistic, Walter Miller Jr.'s A
Canticle for Leibowitz (1960) is just one of the genre's classics
spring equally from scientific/ technological and theological concerns.
balance is typical, bridging the customary materialistic chasm between
belief and knowledge.
theofiction tradition was truly set forth in Olaf Stapledon's novels
Maker (1937), which portrays God the Scientist as an agency forever
shaping his Creation to attain higher expressions of his vision.
incorporated both biological evolution and the grander evolution of the
cosmos into a supreme pantheon, ruled by a hovering Godlike presence,
Stapledon stood out for two reasons. His style ignored conventional
and plot, focusing upon ideas and scope. And he spoke about the largest
issues without a hint of conventional theology. He stood alone in his
Matrix Revolutions" actor photos ©2003 Warner Bros. Pictures -
far right from book: The Gospel Reloaded
Reloaded [dvd] / Matrix
Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Spirituality and Faith in The Matrix
Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real
of Arcadia" introduces us to an ordinary 16-year-old girl with a
for running into folks who reveal themselves to her as God, then give
chores to do.
tasks -- like getting a part-time job at a book store or joining the
club -- may seem like odd things for God to be concerned with. Odder
He doesn't really order Joan to do them.
give suggestions, not assignments," says God, at that moment facing
as a sanitation worker. "Free will is one of my better innovations."
reassuring message of the show: Divine intervention, and the answers it
might lead to, can conceivably occur with any personal encounter. ...
"Joan," there is no violence, nor are there grisly displays as in the
big difference: While those series try to solve each mystery
a death, "Joan of Arcadia" confronts the mysteries of life.
are questions people wish they could ask God in person," says series
Amber Tamblyn, explaining why, like them, she identifies with her
is starting to focus on things she's never focused on before. But she's
also an adolescent, and I know how that feels," says Tamblyn, 20. "You
don't listen to people. You want to stay in your own little world."
Joan is often moody and self-centered.
not religious, you know," she informs God (who is now a cute guy at her
not about religion, Joan," God tells her. "It's about fulfilling your
she stammers, "I definitely haven't done that."
/ AP, October 16, 2003]
Joan (Amber Tamblyn) has an encounter with God in
form of a boy at her high school (Kris Lemche).
if God Was One of Us? by Joan Osborne
Inspired Heart : An Artist's Journey of Transformation
mostly stories here. ... The particular point of view from which the
are told and lived is that of a spiritual seeker and artist. However
I may have become from the label "artist," I never lost sight of art's
essential heartland, and I held a creative vision throughout my
detachment from any particular religious affiliation did not preclude
essential spirituality of the journey. I hold true that the path lived
attentively is a sacred path, and that the fundamental spirit of art is
alive, well, and deeply esoteric.
does any spiritual path, art has the potential to deliver us into our
true becoming, which is identical to our world's becoming. Art
and defines the deep and collective spirit of our time.....Jerry
Foreword by Thomas Moore: While
Jerry's stories will remain with me for a long time as lessons in being
open to life's paradoxes, I am also taking note of powerful phrases
conjure up ancient wisdom: "Seasoning sanctifies. Insanity, that too is
God. ... Form is death. I have to leave this perfection. ...
sure that many people will find comfort and inspiration in this book.
is able to describe a spiritual journey outside of any ancient
or modern system, and I trust that originality. He avoids the many
words sometimes enter contemporary spiritual thought and embodies the
that you can be fully spiritual and fully secular at the same
experience shows that simply by being receptive to deep intuition and
intelligently from the heart, you can achieve a degree of holiness....
is the author of Care
of the Soul; The
Reenchantment of Everyday Life and other books
photo: detail of "the tallest of Jerry's sculptures, and the most
interactive. The unit
noisily through different overtoned cycles..." -- from artist's site
The Hands Of Alchemy :
Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom
Carl Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz and others consider alchemy to be a
discipline that enables personal transformation toward balance and
Jerry Wennstrom in this video speaks of the kind of spiritual evolution
that inspires creative excellence.
terms of art.. I don't think it's about knowing as much as it is about
living into the love we feel for other people," Wennstrom
concludes that what he has to offer is his own story of realization as
an artist - and a human being - that shows "you can't get there by way
of will, intelligence and good intention. It's always been about
and being present to the kind of luminous void where everything
sequence is Buddhist monks being encouraged by teacher Marilyn Strong
a singer and Wennstrom's wife] to create drawings "without
just from your own self."
is accompanied by poet and writer David Whyte commenting about the
of spiritual paths and lessons shown by Wennstrom's life: "One of the
disciplines of existence, especially as we grow older, is the
of innocence, and of keeping the sense of wonder and enlargement and
alive in your own heart.
moment that you stop, in a sense, living from your innocence is the
when you start feeling besieged by existence, and the moment you need
of the great difficulties in life is claiming your own happiness. I
Jerry is one of the few people I know who, in a very quiet way, has
his happiness and existence." ... [review
by Douglas Eby]
of Jerry Wennstrom and Marilyn Strong
Rituals" in book:
Prayer Woman Song
creative spirit I know within me
the face and the force of a woman.
is my Mother, my Mothergod,
Generatrix, the divine immanence
experience signified in all of creation."
of God the
is not a religion -- it's a belief system. You can come from any
religious background to study Kabbalah, but it's too weird for people,
too foreign. They can't get their heads around it, so they have to
devalue it by saying it's a trend or a cult.
this nonsense about how only celebrities are into it just makes me
laugh, because to say you're a Kabbalist, there's nothing easy about
it. It's not enough just to read a book. You have to change, and the
only way you can change your nature is to constantly, constantly study.
Madonna - Ladies' Home Journal LHJ.com,
June 2005 / Kabbalah
a cloistered religious, Craighead brings a contemplative focus to her
as an artist. Her day begins outside with a walk along the riverbank,
before her altar where she builds a fire in the belly of a gourd shaped
vessel, gathering in the energy of nature so it will be with her as she
inside, she then makes a ritual circumambulation of the altars she has
placed around her studio, each one honoring a sacred direction.
with the cornmeal that she sprinkles on her animal fetishes and
with stones, pots, postcards from friends and photographs -- of the
Madonna, Carl Jung, Thomas Merton, and family members -- these "living"
altars reflect the rich mythlogy of Craighead's life, the creative
out of which her work emerges.
are paradigmatic of one of the most powerful statements in her book The
Mother's Songs: "I am born connected. I am born remembering."
Peay - from
her book Soul
Five Sacred Qualities of a Woman's Soul
from mooncircles.com / quotes from meinradcraighead.com
Peay is also editor of Awakening:
A Sufi Experience
Simon, a producer on films such as "What Dreams May Come" and
in Time," observes how movies ranging from "A Beautiful Mind" to
Tiger, Hidden Dragon" explore the nature of life, love and time in his
cinema has been around since at least the 1940s," says Simon, citing
a Wonderful Life" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" as examples. "They are
movies that look at who we might be when we operate at our very best.
important to distinguish 'spiritual' from 'religious,' because
media almost always use the two words as synonyms, and they're not.
pertains to an organization that tells us a specific set of
rules and rituals that we must utilize in order to experience God.
respects every individual's path to God, and every individual's
of God. The films in the book don't deal with religious beliefs. They
with our search for meaning in life."
examines more than 70 films, categorizing them under cinematic themes
as life after life, enhanced powers and sensibilities, angels, and
and the concept of time.
article: It's a wonderful, meaningful life by Dinah Eng, LA Times,
Force Is With You... Mystical Movie Messages
That Inspire Our
Lives - by Stephen Simon
|If I hadn't
been studying texts and poems of the mystics and spiritual masters at
time I started with video, I don't think I could have made as much
gave me the language to understand what I was really seeing. One of the
common threads in all these traditions, cutting across diverse
is the idea that everything in front of us right now is merely a world
of appearances. It's only a surface... the task is to understand and
sensory experience because you need the language of the senses to help
decipher this surface and penetrate to the deeper connections
catalogue for Getty
exhibition - Bill
Viola: The Passions / more about
exhibition on page: visual arts
the Passions: Histories, Bodies, Visions // Bill
Viola: The Passions
was given to me when I was attempting to portray Thomas More in the
A Man For All Seasons in New York in 1962. I was there for nine months
and beginning to feel homesickness and, oddly enough in that city, a
loneliness. This prayer helped me. .....Paul
me thy grace. good Lord, to set the world at nought; To set my mind
upon thee, and not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths; To be
to be solitary; Not to long for worldly company; Little and little
to cast off the world, and rid my mind of the business thereof.
of a prayer Thomas More wrote in the margin of his prayer book, while
- quotes from Spirituality
& Health, Summer 2001
Scofield: An Actor for All Seasons by Garry O'Connor
King's Good Servant but God's First : The Life and Writings of
Thomas More - by James Monti
faces from some traditional psychiatrists, spiritual orientation and
are clearly associated with greater quality of life, less depression,
less anxiety, as well as greater longevity. ...
spiritual traditions teach that it is not these unusual experiences
that carry the value, but rather the expanded awareness that may
them. While a single experience may lead to a shift in values, it is
more extensive exploration and practice that lets a person integrate
to Say Who's Nuts by Elisabeth Targ, M.D. [1961 - 2002]
excerpts on page: dysfunction
my spiritual transformation, I had developed my intellect at the
of my body, heart and soul. In fact, I was proud of the fact that I was
primarily an intellectual, albeit with better social skills than most
seemed to me that the development of both physical and spiritual
would somehow impede the growth of my intellect. ...
I have more ways of knowing. Science is one of the disciplines, like
or the sweat lodge, for accessing knowledge. Science gives specific
with probabilities attached; religious meditation and ceremony give
truths, with many possible interpretations. I like to think in and to
the languages of both science and spirit.
psychologist and educator of the gifted
to the Medicine Man: An Apprenticeship in Spiritual
art by May S. Cheney
creative process is a spiritual path. This adventure is about us, about
the deep self, the composer (photographer / artist / writer / dancer /
inventor) in all of us, about originality, meaning not that which is
new, but that which is fully and originally ourselves.
- from his book: Free
Play: Improvisation in Life and Art
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