Imaginative perception takes patience. As the alchemists said of their laborious frustrating experiments, “In your patience is your soul.” How else meet the other’s incomprehensible behavior, that oddness, that slowness? An eristic rabbi might ask the bishop: Does God perceive himself? If he doesn’t, then how can he be said to exist? And if he does, by what means? If he perceives himself in the mirror of nature, then either nature is a simulacrum of God and might be indistinguishable from God (a Spinoza proposed), or nature is percipient and endowed with a divine consciousness of its won, since it can make God exist. If the Almighty perceives himself by means of humans, then we have secular humanism: the existence of God is a result of human perception; God’s existence depends on humans; we make him up. The rabbi might, no doubt, go on to suggest that maybe God’s kind of existence does not require perception, but his limits his presence by leaving him out of the perceptual realm, separated, transcendent, neither omniscient nor omnipotent. And if God’s existence does not require perception, then either your proposition, Bishop, is false, or God does not exist. Perception brings into being and maintains the being of whatever is perceived; and when perception wees in the holiness of the Heart’s affections, again as these say, things are revealed that prove the Truth of the Imagination. ~James Hillman
in the territory of the mind, the landscape can become choppy, unclear, and rough…….clarity moves through us with breath and courage and quiet intention…….
inquiry for today~ can you hold yourself a little stronger through less gripping and more clear seeing? notice how it moves through you when you require less rigid knowing…….God is all that you know…….
As soon as we observe a thing with reference to itself and in relation to other things, foreswearing personal desire or aversion, we shall be able to regard it with calm attention and form a quite clear concept of its parts and relationships. The further we continue these observations, the more we are able to provide links between isolated things, and the more we are able to exert our powers of observation. ~Goethe