So, there is the last post about Spinoza, substance, and modalities beyond our ken. That provides a segue toward talking about the idea of an aeon. While the aeon is rightly identified with a form of time, it is too often identified with a span of years (which I will call an ‘age’ for the sake of clarity in this post), be they centuries or millenia. The aeon proper belongs to another order of time to which the time of years can be more or less sympathetic.
Spinoza’s philosophical monism structures a lot of how I think about our interactions with the world of spirits. The specifics of his work, his way of thinking and arguing as well as his assertions, are worth some attention in and of themselves, but this really isn’t the vest venue for that. Heck, I may not even be the best person for that anyway. Behind those specifics there is a monist sensibility (I’m big on that notion, aren’t I?) that is even more useful to me. That can be usefully described here, so let me see if I can get at that.
I’m going to do that by breaking the sensibility down into some grounding intuitions, that sense of how the world is ordered and how that order ought to shape how we think about it. I’m going to play a little loosely with Spinoza’s logic in order to get at this sensibility, in part because I draw different conclusions from it. Continue reading “Spinoza and the Spiritual Labyrinth”
Once we start down an initiatory process, it becomes very difficult not to draw comparisons between what we are experiencing and what others have experienced. This can be beneficial, especially when we are comparing our experience with people who have undertaken initiation through the same set of practices as ourselves. It can also be problematic, especially when we compare our experiences with those of people using alternative practices. When beneficial, it allows us to judge our progress and better understand how to overcome the obstacles confronting us. When harmful, it leads us to use techniques ill-suited to the specific challenges of our initiatory work and potentially hinder our progress.