Recorded 11 June 2019
In our previous Café entitled Completing Distinctions we reflected on tempo-rhythms; sensing and imagining the other; and ecstatic expressions of the ineffable (among other topics). Owen Barfield’s works Poetic Diction and History in English Words entered the conversation as we spoke of the way in which particular words can give a felt sense or incarnate a particular level of consciousness. . . by studying the evolution and history of words and meaning we can directly witness the evolution of consciousness. This takes a certain degree and understanding of “imagination”.
Imagination, as the term is generally used today, is often brushed aside as “that’s just your imagination” or seen as child’s play, magical thinking; or it is utilized for innovative visioning, as a tool that helps us on the cutting edge of technology and new ideas. The lost knowledge of the imagination cannot be found within this surface understanding of the word. Barfield, Lachman, Raine and others have recovered through their writing this lost dimension, the form of imagination coming from the sensual realm. The imagination carries with it a depth, a way of knowing and understanding the essence of invisible realities. Covert realities were uncovered, discovered and recovered in this Café.
Reading / Watching / Listening
“Here he suggests that, as a result of modernity, we have lost sight of the conscious poetic power of nature and reality itself. He focuses on the work of Goethe who claimed that the disciplined imagination of the poet can be applied to scientific questions. His argument centers on the work of philosopher and historian Henry Corbin, who argues that the “imaginal” realm was distinct from fanciful imagination and also ontologically real. He also describes the journeys taken by the great Swiss psychiatrist, C. G. Jung, into the depths of his own psyche.” – taken from New Thinking Allowed introduction
Context, Backstory, and Related topics
- Cosmos Café [6/4] - Completing Distinctions
- Links to additional reading, viewing, listening