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An Outline of Esoteric Science– This masterpiece of esotericism remains the most comprehensive and effective presentation of a spiritual alternative to contemporary materialist cosmologies and the Darwinian view of human nature and evolution. We see how the creation and evolution of humanity is embedded in the heart of the vast, invisible web of interacting cosmic beings, through whom the alchemical processes of cosmic evolution continue to unfold

Decisive Ecological Warfare– Future historians discussing this scenario will comment that DEW was designed to make maximum use of small numbers, rather than assuming that large numbers of people would materialize for timely action. If more people were available, the strategy would have become even more effective. Furthermore, they might comment that this strategy attempted to mobilize people from a wide variety of backgrounds in ways that were feasible for them; it didn’t rely solely on militancy (which would have excluded large numbers of people) or on symbolic approaches (which would have provoked cynicism through failure).

Ecological Economics, Contemporary Spirituality and Sustainable Development–  A structural–developmental understanding is introduced in order to be able to distinguish between regressive and progressive tendencies in this culture, and comprehend the deeper logic behind the observed potentials and pitfalls. This paper may serve to facilitate the actualization of the culture’s potentials while mitigating its pitfalls, and in that way contribute to the timely challenge of creating a more sustainable society.

The Ecology of MagicThe traditional magician cultivates an ability to shift out of his or her common state of consciousness precisely in order to make contact with other species on their own terms. Only by temporarily shedding the accepted perceptual logic of his or her culture can the shaman hope to enter into a rapport with the multiple nonhuman sensibilities that animate the local landscape.

Enaction, Toward a General Theory Of: Biological, Transpersonal, and Phenomenological Dimensions-This paper explores the world-constituting dynamics of enaction as articulated by the enactive approach in cognitive science and the participatory approach in transpersonal studies. Husserl’s phenomenology is  introduced to (a) investigate Husserl’s presentation of world-constitution and (b) to anchor the enactive and participatory approaches in the living field of human subjectivity. Each approach is examined with specific attention paid to the dynamics of world-constitution that emerge therein. Through this analysis the terms biological, participatory, and transcendental enaction provide the ground for the primary aim of this paper: a movement towards a general theory of enaction.

Eric Voegelin: Philosopher of Divine Presence– Voegelin as philosopher of divine presence illuminates the structure of everyman’s existential consciousness as oriented to the same divine constitutive movement, everyman’s consciousness as the place where the divine movement finds formative response or deformative resistance. The mystic-philosopher knows that his own quest emerges from and must return to the silence of the incomprehensible beyond, but the situation of the struggle impels him to speak now from the middle, to tell his story from within the Metaxy, from within the Cosmos, for the philosopher is called to respond to the Image by his own images.

Magic, Animism, and the Shaman’s Craft (From the Encyclopedia of Nature and Religion)–  The craft of magic is as necessary in the modern world as it was for our indigenous ancestors. For it is only by waking the senses from their contemporary swoon, freeing our eyes and our ears and our skin to actively participate, once again, in the breathing cosmos of wind and rain and stone, of spider-weave and crow-swoop and also, yes, the humming song of the streetlamp pouring its pale light over the leaf-strewn pavement, that we may have a chance of renewing our vital reciprocity with the animate, many-voiced Earth.

New Political Religions, Or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism– For spiritually disordered (pneumapathological) individuals violence is not a pragmatic mode of human activity. It is a magic instrument capable of transfiguring reality. Normal people, living in a shared, com- monsensical world, do not believe in magic. Even those who try to use violence as a magic instrument to change reality still live within the real world. There is, after all, nowhere else to live. And yet, spiritually disordered individuals also attempt to live in an imaginary or fantasy- based alternate world, a parallel universe where the magic effects of terrorism are expected to work at the same time as the magician knows perfectly well that they will not work. As a consequence of this complex double game, characteristic frictions between the world of common reality and the world of imaginary reality typically arise. The conflict with reality turns out to be a disturbance within reality. Indeed, unless human beings could, as by magic, change reality and command the basic cosmic forces rather than merely refuse to apperceive reality, it could hardly be otherwise.

The New Story– Because we are moving into a new mythic age it is little wonder if a kind of mutation is taking place in the entire earth-human order. A new paradigm of what it is to be human emerges. This is what is so exciting, yet so painful and so disrupting. One aspect of this change involves the shift in earth-human relations, for humans now in large measure determines the earth process that once determined them. In a more integral way we could say that the earth that controlled itself directly in the former period now to an extensive degree controls itself through us. It is the destiny of our present and all future generations to develop the capacity for communion on new and more comprehensive levels. Now a numinous integration phase of the earth process is taking place.

Perception Warfare– Perception warfare is the concept of how to create occurrences that give illusions of all as winners in their own way. It is a combat of the commanders’ minds.

Plants As Persons: A Philosophical Botany– Largely because it is depicted as devoid of the attributes which require human attention—such as mentality, agency, and volition—nature is left out of the sphere of human moral consideration. An appropriate response to the swathe of environmental problems created by human beings must be to develop less destructive, more respectful, harmonious relationships between humans and nature.

Political Theology of Nature: Facing Gaia– In order to face a secular Gaia, we need to extract ourselves from the amalgam of Religion and Nature. It is a new form of political power that has to be explored through a renewed attempt at political theology composed of those three concepts: demos, theos and nomos. It is only once the multiplicity of people in conflicts for the new geopolitics of the Anthropocene is recognized, that the ‘planetary boundaries’ might be recognized as political delineations and the question of peace addressed. Neither Nature nor Gods bring unity and peace. ‘The people of Gaia’, the Earthbound might be the ‘artisans of peace’. After the notion of Natural Religion has been put aside, and after the complete originality of Gaia and geostory have been foregrounded, it becomes possible to reopen the political question at the heart of what will be life at the Anthropocene. Once the key question of war has been introduced, the search for a peace along the delineations allowed by politically relevant ‘planetary boundaries’ to which Earthbound (the new word for Humans) accept to be bound become again possible.

The Power of Place– The impact of spending extended periods of time in the organic environment offers insight into the wilderness effect – apparent even in comparatively urban environments to catalyze spiritual emergence. Context of protest site activism and spirituality; key aspects of the wilderness effect as expressed on UK protest sites; life changing experiences catalyzed by the effect; model of embodied situated cognition provides a partial explanation for how the wilderness effect works.

Subtle Activism–  Subtle activism is a procedure for dealing with this psychic pollution and poison. It is a way of working with your own subtle energies and spiritual resources to create a clear, clean, positive, vibrant and healthy energy environment in places of trouble and difficulty in the world. When this procedure is used to deal with psychic pollution within and around yourself, then it becomes energy hygiene. Energy hygiene is simply subtle activism at a personal level. It is a work of generating a structure, a “web” of positive qualities and energies that can support and bless individuals, attune them to the loving inclusiveness of the Sacred, and foster goodwill and collaborative behavior that creates wholeness in the world. If this is done on a regular basis, then patterns develop that persist within the subtle world.

The Tao of Liberation– In The Tao of Liberation, we explore how the wisdom of the Tao can guide us to liberation that we describe in terms of “The Ecology of Transformation.” To do so, we look at a wide variety of disciplines, including ecological economics, psychology, systems theory, quantum physics, the emerging story of the cosmos, and a variety of spiritual traditions.

Witchcraft (bookshelf)- a selection of non-fiction books on the history of witchcraft, including contemporary accounts of witchcraft trials.

The World is in my Garden– Three important notions are contained within the relationship between knowledge, change, and uncertainty: 1) Nature deals with processes and trends over variable scales of time, despite the fact that we often want to deal with absolute, predictable quantities and values in rigid, predetermined scales of time; 2) Nature’s processes are a cyclical continuum, regardless of our human desire for things to be linear in accord with our predominant thinking; and 3) Nature is always in a dynamic state of becoming something else, which means that although we have some scientific understanding of the principles governing this dynamic balancing act, we can only anticipate the outcome of our tinkering based on our meager knowledge of Nature’s biophysical principles…  

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