|The Mythic Imagination - talks, trails and mysteries|
|Weekend April 25 - 27 2014|
Parallel roads, opposing principles,
divergent worlds, twin perspectives... this Mythic Imagination weekend
explores various versions of what William Blake termed 'double vision'.
Underlying these explorations is the tradition which asserts that reality is grasped not so much through the abstractions of mainstream philosophy and religion, as through the concrete imagery of myth and folklore, depth psychology and poetic vision.
|Friday, 25th April|
Welcome. Registration and drinks.
Patrick Harpur. An introduction to the weekend: Imagination and the Golden Chain. The tradition of imagination as opposed to reason, from the Neoplatonists via the Romantics to modern psychology.
|8.15 9.15pm||Merrily Harpur. The haunting of hunting. The occluded survival of 'natural' religion, what Prof. Lucien Lιvy-Bruhl called participation mystique, in modern Britain.|
|Saturday, 26th April|
|9.30 10.30am||James Harpur. The two roads - the via negativa and the via affirmitiva. Two currents have run through the approach to the divine and the creation of art from time immemorial, as exemplified by Eckhart and St Francis, Cage and Tchaikovsky, Hopkins and Eliot.|
|10.30 - 11.00am||Refreshments|
Spirit and Soul: the vision of Nature and the vision of God.
|1.30pm||Trail: The sacred landscape - footprints of hidden deities.|
|4.00pm||Tea and discussion|
|5.00pm||Patrick Harpur. The Volatile and the Fixed. An introduction to the two-fold nature of alchemy.|
|8.00 9.00pm||Merrily Harpur. Encounters with Modern Daimons the black panther phenomenon.|
|Sunday, 27th April|
|9.30 10.30pm||James Harpur. Eliot and the Via Negativa. An introduction to T. S. Eliot and the Four Quartets with special reference to East Coker, Eliots meditation on spiritual darkness and the struggle to articulate it.|
|10.30 - 11.00am||Refreshments|
James Harpur. A workshop on East Coker -
exploring the text.
A discussion of the five sections of East Coker, exploring its various themes, including the rhythms of life, death and war.
|1.30 4.00pm||Trail: Portals to the otherworld; East Coker, a Domesday village; foundation myths and images of the soul.|
|4.00 5.00pm||Tea, discussion with the speakers and facilitators, and farewell.|
Talks are illustrated with Power Point projections as appropriate.
In addition Patrick, James and Merrily will be present (most the time!) for informal questions and discussion.
N. B. The programme is flexible - timings and individual talks within it may change from time to time.
|How to book|
|The Golden Chain|
|'...Call the world if you Please "The vale of Soul-making". Then you will find out the use of the world (I am speaking now in the highest terms for human nature admitting it to be immortal which I will here take for granted for the purpose of showing a thought which has struck me concerning it). I say 'Soul making', Soul as distinguished from an Intelligence. There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions - but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself. Intelligences are atoms of perception - they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God. How then are Souls to be made? How then are these sparks which are God to have identity given them - so as ever to possess a bliss peculiar to each one's individual existence? How, but by the medium of a world like this?' ~ John Keats, letter 14th February 1819|