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Inspiration~Mystic or Psychotic?


Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, mysticism, mystic, psychology, psychotic, electroshock therapy, mental hospitals, creativity, inspiration, novels, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Osgoode Trilogy, Art, literature.

Who hasn’t found inspiration in the writings of Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist or Carl Jung, the wise and worldly psychiatrist? Certainly I’ve spent a lifetime pondering their thoughts. Both Campbell and Jung have written about possible connections between psychosis/schizophrenia and mysticism. And so, I found that suddenly this train of thought popped up in […]

DEATH IN VENICE


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#ThomasMann #DeathinVenice #literature #mythicthemes #art #JosephCampbellFoundation Do you know the great novella by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice? If you haven’t read it, you may well have seen the movie. When I was in Venice almost fifteen years ago, I was haunted by that story as I wandered through the narrow, twisting calles. I spent […]

Chagall ~ Art as a Joyous Fantasy


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Chagall ~ Gallery Hopping     Off to see the paintings of MARC CHAGALL. His life seems a joyous fantasy expressed in his paintings and stained glass. Chagall said—that he lived and created with one foot dipped in the waters of the subconscious and the other on terra firma in this reality. With such talk […]

SPIRITUALITY ~ in the ARTS


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We hear lots of talk about spirituality but what is it—really? Probably everyone has some definition—so here is mine just for me. Of course, it’s yours if you like it. Spirituality is that search for something I can rarely see. But somehow I’m convinced that a hint of something meaningful lies beneath, beyond or behind […]

Prayers to the Muse


: muse, inspiration, art, creativity, mythology, spirituality, literature, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Chardin, Book of Urizen, William Blake, the God particle, Higgs Boson, Chaos.

An immense, entirely blank canvas stretches before the artist. Looking away, he busies himself with setting out his paints and brushes. Although he will not admit it, terror strikes his heart when he looks up at that vast, empty white space. “What in god’s name will I paint?” He hunts for his charcoal and puts […]