Daniel Pinchbeck

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, jung, and antimony

“Yaweh is not split, but is an antimony – a totality of inner opposites – and this is the indispensable condition for his tremendous dynamism,”  Jung realized.  Not only a benevolent helper, the god-image also represents the forces that oppose us, throwing obstacles in our path, surprising and humiliating us, inciting suffering to create intensified self-consciousness.  God, as a psychic fact, reveals himself in our neuroses, our allergies, our failed love affairs.  “God enters through the wound,” he wrote.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 111

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, integration, and shadow

It is the difficult, but unavoidable, task of the modern individual to assimilate consciously all of the contents – from darkest degradation to profoundest purpose – contained in the psyche.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 114

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, integration, shadow, gospel of thomas, and jesus

[Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas – shadow work]

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 116

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, walter benjamin, story telling, distraction, and false needs

Writing in the early decades of the twentieth century, the German Jewish critic Walter Benjamin noted that modernity was causing an emptying-out of experience, as well as destroying the aura that had previously belonged to precious artworks and natural objects, giving them their unique presence.  “Less and less frequently do we encounter people with the ability to tell a tale properly.  More and more often there is embarrassment all around when the wish to hear a story is expressed,” he wrote in his essay “The Storyteller.”  “It is as if something that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions, were taken from us:  the ability to exchange experiences.”

Modernity unleashed a succession of shock effects, changing the nature of perception, as well as the individual’s relationship to his own personal history.  “Experience has fallen in value.  And it looks as if it is continuing to fall into bottomlessness.”  The old culture of contemplation gave way to the mass absorption in distractions.  The wise counsel embodied in the storyteller’s art was supplanted by the endless parade of statistics and information in the daily newspaper.  To enter the modern world, we forfeited our capacity for intimate exchanges requiring slowness and reciprocity and the play of the imagination.  “To perceive the aura of an object we look at means to invest it with the ability to look at us in return,” Benjamin wrote.  The value of perception and the meaning of personal history were degraded and denigrated to institute a mass society focused on abstractions, impelled by a “sense of the universal equality in all things.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 133

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, synchronicity, and shamanistic

In shamanistic cultures, synchronicities are considered to be teachings as well as sign indicating where one should focus one’s attention, such correspondences demonstrate the usually hidden links between the individual psyche and the larger world.  Synchronicities express themselves through chance meetings and natural events as well as in dreams and supernatural episodes – for instance, among the Secoya shamans, a dream of seeing yourself in the mirror suggests that you will soon encounter a jaguar in the rain forest.  Shamans see such temporal conjunctions as essential aspects of reality, revealing its ultimately dreamlike and magical qualities.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 45

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, enlightenment, quantum physics, ashvaghosha, and thathagatta

Enlightenment or awakening, in the Eastern traditions, is the individual’s experience of reconnecting with this ultimate ground of being, the “suchness” (Thathagatta) that supersedes all dualism.  As the Buddhist sage Ashvaghosha put it two thousand years ago:  “Suchness is neither that which is existence, nor that which is nonexistence, nor that which is at once existence and nonexistence, nor that which is not at once existence and nonexistence.”  Capra points out that such paradoxical descriptions sound identical to the physicist’s attempts to grasp the slippery essence of quantum objects, which are neither wave nor particle, do not exist yet do not not exist.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, groupthink, herbert marcuse, undustry, mechanization, freedom, false needs, and consumerism

Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man (1964) remains a surgical analysis  of the fundamental “irrational rationality” of our system.  He argued that industrialization and mechanization could – and logically should – have led to a reduction in labor time and the institution of a post-work and post-scarcity global society after World War II.  The alternative to a conscripted social reality would be one that gave us new freedom – freedom from work, freedom from propagandizing media, freedom to create and explore our own realities.  The response to this deep threat to the controlling apparatus was the creation of “false needs” in the consumer, the perpetuating fear of nuclear war and terrorism, and the use of the mass media to enforce consensus consciousness. ….

Marcuse wrote:  “Perhaps an accident may alter the situation, but unless the recognition of what is being done and what is being prevented subverts the consciousness and the behavior of man, not even a catastrophe will bring about the change.” …

As a German philosopher writing in the aftermath of the Nazi regime, Marcuse understood the sleep inducing force of indoctrination, its power to make people forget and forfeit their own real interests.  “The fact that the vast majority of the population accepts, and is made to accept, this society does not render it less irrational and less reprehensible,” he wrote.  “The distinction between true and false consciousness, real and immediate interest still is meaningful.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 73-4

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, arundhati roy, groupthink, false needs, priorities, and apathy

From a shamanic perspective, the psychic blockade that prevents otherwise intelligent adults from considering the future of our world – our obvious lack of future, if we continue on our present path – reveals an occult dimension.  It is like a programming error written into the software designed for the modern mind, which has endless energy to expend on the trivial and treacly, sports statistic or shoe sale, but no time to spare for the torments of the Third World, for the mass extinction of species to perpetuate a way of life without a future, for the imminent exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves, or for the fine print of the Patriot Act.  This psychic blockade is reinforced by a vast propaganda machine spewing out crude as well as sophisticated distractions, encouraging individuals to see themselves as alienated spectators of their culture, rather than active participants in a planetary ecology.

“What is happening to our world is almost too colossal for human comprehension to contain.  But it is a terrible, terrible thing,” lamented Arundhati Roy, the Indian novelist – turned – activist, who documented and protested the enormous dam projects in India, orchestrated by the World Bank, displacing 30 million people from their homes, with little tangible result beyond the enrichment of multinational corporations and an increase in India’s debts.  “To contemplate its girth and circumference, to attempt to define it, to try and fight it all at once, is impossible.  The only way to combat it is by fighting specific wars in specific ways.”   But among the people I knew in New York, there was little contemplation of the situation, and no courage, anger, desire, or will to fight against it.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 76

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, armin geetz, and prophecy

Prophecy might be based, not on haphazard fantasy, but on attunement to subtler levels of reality – on forms of awareness that the modern West forfeited, temporarily, in order to develop empirical and rationalist thought.  As Armin Geertz, an anthropologist of the Hopi culture, writes:  “Prophecy is not prediction, even though it purports to be.  Prophecy is a thread in the total fabric of meaning, in the total worldview.  In this way it can be seen as a way of life and being.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 12

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, depression, and dark night of soul

My loss of interest in contemporary culture was only a symptom of a deeper malady – a disavowal of almost everything that had once fascinated or at least entertained me.  Some crisis was announcing itself, a “dark night of the soul” carefully prepared by me history, it seems to me now, though I did not see it that way at the time.  Stalking the all-too-familiar pavement of New York City, I felt I was skating across the thinnest coating of ice, and beneath that slick crust the void was waiting to claim me, to crush me in the impersonal oblivion that had terrified me as a child.  A simple question confronted me – “Is this it?” – and kept intensifying its mocking force, whispering that my life was a lie.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 25

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