Saturday, October 06, 2018

It is All One

“It is all one whether I posit the universe in myself or myself in the universe.”
- Novalis

“We dream of travelling through the universe - but is not the universe within ourselves?
The depths of our spirit are unknown to us - the mysterious way leads inwards. Eternity with its worlds  - the past and the future - is in ourselves or nowhere.”

- Novalis, Miscellaneous Observations, Novalis, Philosophical Writings, translated by Margaret Mahony Stoljar

“The first step is introspection— exclusive contemplation of the self. But whoever stops there goes only half the way. The second step must be genuine observation outward—spontaneous, sober observation of the external world.” 

—Novalis, 1800

Woman before the Rising Sun (Woman before the Setting Sun), Caspar David Friedrich. 1818-20

Friday, June 01, 2018

Was Wittgenstein a Mystic?

“Mysticism” is often used as a derogatory term to describe obscure, fuzzy thinking, or woo. But in “The Mysticism of the Tractatus,” McGuiness uses the term to refer to an extraordinary form of perception described by sages east and west. In Varieties of Religious Experience, still the best scholarly treatment of mysticism, William James notes that during a mystical experience you feel as though you are encountering absolute truth, the ground of being, God.
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