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The Archeology of Spirit

 By Sam Keen Digging beneath the immediate mind that occupies itself with pizza, paper clips, keeping the lawn trimmed, repairing a decaying house, I uncover ruins of an old dwelling, a city, a world once believed in faithfully tended.   Digging deeper I find another and another.   Little wonder I stumble, unstable on shifting ground […]

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Beautiful Rilke Poetry Reading From Robert Bly

Robert Bly performs a beautiful Rainer Maria Rilke poem. Bly says the poem is about increasingly expanding our “orbits,” the amount of the world we can embrace. I hope this poetry reading is as touching for you as it is for me. “I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling […]

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The Educated Heart with Robert Bly

During this talk, Robert Bly gives a delicate and lively view of the fantastic flowering of feeling in the 12th century Provence. The feeling thought, developed of Arabic, Gnostic, and Albigensian sources, blossoms as love poetry famous at that time.  

Bly distinguishes in this talk between the literal mode, the psychological mode and the mythological mode, and he locates the “Amor” or ecstatic love in the latter. That mythological mode of feeling led to Sufism among the Arabs.

When we hear the Provencal poetry he recites toward the end we recognize the terrible loss we suffered when these traditions were uprooted and destroyed.

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Runic Wisdom of the Day and Free Rune Reading!

RunesOne of the most popular sources of oracular wisdom, Ralph H. Blum’s The Book of Runes, is now available as an e-book, smartphone app and interactive web application. Runic wisdom can be found in surprising places -- from runes themselves to fortune cookies!  Today we offer two excerpts from Blum's book Little Book of Runic Wisdom.


When the heart of relationship is full,
nourishment is everywhere, even in
the smallest things, for God is always
found in the details.
-- an interpretation of Rune 13, Perserverance, from The Relationship Runes: A Compass for the Heart by Ralph H. Blum

 
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
 -- Fortune Cookie, Soho, London,1968

 

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