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The Numinous and Numinosity – Seeing The Light Beyond All Lights

I can’t remember when I first encountered the English term numinous; most likely while reading a Jungian work or something by Carl Jung himself. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), the founder of analytical psychology, circa 1960. The … Continue reading


EP Today – When teachers get creepy

Way back, when Earthpages was a website instead of a blog, the main page had a feature called “EP Today.” Some of my early web pals might remember this. I’ve decided to go back to that name for commenting on … Continue reading

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Today’s Top Tweet – Mysticism hits the mainstream

‘Only mysticism can save our society’: The AGO’s Mystical Landscapes offers ‘portal into a far-away gaze’ — (@earthpages) November 8, 2016 Today’s top tweet points to a story about an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) exhibit claiming that … Continue reading


A good, penetrating article about mysticism, insanity, and a possible socio-cultural connection #psychiatry #mysticism #society — (@earthpages) August 25, 2016 The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. – Joseph Campbell This Joseph Campbell quote comes from the tweeted article, above. Campbell was a great popularizer of mythology whose … Continue reading

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Meds vs. Meditation – A Simple Answer Just Won’t Do

Spirituality vs. Mental Disorders: God Doesn’t Hate Medication | World of Psychology — (@earthpages) July 17, 2016 Today’s tweet links to a story that has some merit but also limitations. The conflict outlined here reminds me of related … Continue reading


The Dislike of Catholicism: Understanding the Holy in the Catholic Tradition – 6 – Philosophical and historical reasons

Philosophical Reasons Philosophy is an ancient pursuit that has branched out in different, sometimes conflicting directions. So it’s difficult to write just a few lines about why people dislike Catholicism from a philosophical perspective. Having said that, a broad distinction … Continue reading