Back in 2017, when the world was only half mad, I ran a series on the old fairy tale The Handless Maiden. It’s a gruesome tale of betrayal and trauma, but also of healing and hope. I revisited it recently to create a pdf version for my lovely readers to download and realised how relevant… Continue reading The Handless Maiden eBook – it’s Free!
In the first post of this series (WTF is going on?!), we explored various reasons for our current predicament, one of which is that we’re having a bit of a spiritual crisis. Ready or not, we’re being plunged into a dark night of the soul. This isn’t easy for people who have never considered spiritual… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – the Dark Night of the Soul
A great example of the Jupiter archetype can be found in the BBC sitcom Rev which ran for three series. The story follows Adam Smallbone, an Anglican priest who is promoted from a sleepy rural parish in Suffolk to an inner-city church in London. It’s an intelligent and subtle comedy that’s beautifully written and has… Continue reading Ontological Despair and the Rebirth of Faith in Rev
Last time we looked at what Traditional metaphysics has to say about the cycle of time and what brings it to an end. In this post, we’ll go deeper into eschatology and the meaning of apocalypse, relying again on notes from the excellent The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – the End of Illusion
In the last couple of posts we’ve been exploring the psychological impact of our current predicament. Now – if you haven’t guessed from the title – it’s time to go deeper with a plunge into some serious metaphysics. Buckle up! For these notes, I’m relying on Charles Upton’s epic critique of modern spirituality The System… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – the System of Antichrist
It looks like we’re in the Apocalypse, spinning happily (or not) in the eye of a storm we’ve brought on ourselves. Apocalypse comes from a word meaning to uncover or reveal, and is also linked to the idea of lifting a veil. But what is being uncovered? What is being revealed? We’re living through the… Continue reading Notes on Apocalypse – WTF is going on?!
The last post in this series explored practices for the soul and how to discover the deeper meaning and purpose of your life. But soul-based practices are only half the story. In this post, we’ll explore practices to awaken to your true nature as spirit and how to balance that truth with the reality of… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Spirit
Last time we looked at practices for the mind and how to train yourself to think and deconstruct your maps of reality. This training helps the mind to become transparent to itself so you can see into the deeper realities of consciousness. The most profound experiences of the mind are encounters with the soul and… Continue reading Mystic Warrior Practice – Soul
Well, the year is almost over and the Saturn Pluto conjunction is only just warming up. I hope it’s not giving you too much of a hard time, dear reader, and that you’re doing the necessary work – especially because next year, things could get serious. We’re all going to have to bring our best… Continue reading Getting Serious about Spiritual Practice
This week I’m reading Riding the Dragon: 10 lessons for inner strength in challenging times by Robert J. Wicks. The book is a spiritual and psychological guide to dealing with adversity and spiritual crisis. It’s aimed at people who work as therapists and counsellors, but anyone struggling to cope with overwhelming problems will find it… Continue reading Review: Riding the Dragon
This week I’m reading The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald May, subtitled: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. The book explores the dark night through the writings of two of the best known Christian mystics: John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and addresses some of the misconceptions… Continue reading Review: The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald May
Last time we looked at some of the forms of the Dark Night of the Soul. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore the final and most challenging step of the dark night, that of the death of the self: “The various torments and desolations of the Dark Night constitute this… Continue reading The Mystic Way 12: Ego Death in the Dark Night