Symbiotic Alchemy and the Language of the Integral

Annual Jean Gebser Society Conference, October 2021

Integral consciousness has irrupted, is irrupting, and will blossom forth. It is noun, verb, adjective, and adverb. Gebser symbolically represents it as a sphere—one that is not static, but moving…rotating and morphing through the time-free, aspacial nature of space-time. It is an ‘intensification,’ a ‘luminescence,’ and a ‘concretion of the spiritual.’ And, it lies outside the comprehension of the mental mind, our native tongue.

 

This presentation is a foray into the irrupting language of the integral - a language of creativity, nature, ancient ancestors, the numinous, the present unborn, our beloved Gaia, and the cosmos. We are witness to and part of a symbiotic alchemical birthing where nothing is what we knew it to be. And all is in its service. The ancient Chinese referred to it as shen ming—spirit illumination; the Mayans marked it as the end of their tracking of millennia; Gaia speaks of it through numinous events beyond our comprehension. It is a mutation of disparate and vast communities. In the words of Gebser: “Nothing exists for its own sake; it exists only for the sake of the whole.” Let us see, feel, know, and imagine it together.

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[Photo credit for the painting — It is one of the wonders of Hilma af Klint, called Evolution, No. 13, Group VI, 1908. She painted it about the same time that Einstein was realizing the Theory of Relativity and confirming the existence of a 4th dimension…that of time, which in space-time is no longer linear, thus totally blurring any distinction between past-present-future!! Welcome to integrality!]

Illuminating the Lingshu—Numinous Pivot Through the Gaze of Gebser and Jung

Annual Jean Gebser Society Conference, October 2019

Gebser and Jung, both Leos, sit as lions at the gate of the Lingshu—Numinous Pivot, the ancient Chinese medical text that lays out the unfolding path of etherial, psychic and spiritual healing. Compiled in the 1st century BC, it reflects the archaic, magical and mythical wisdom of the shamans, diviners, recipe masters and physicians who were the healers of the time. When coupled with the illumination of Gebser’s philosophical and Jung’s analytic insights, it becomes not only timeless, but time-free. Through the lens of their work, it reveals itself as akin to the philosopher’s stone of alchemy, the Self of Jung’s individuation process, and the systasis of Gebser’s mutational fourth dimension leap to integrality. This presentation examines and interprets a portion at the heart of the Lingshu text to reveal its fourth dimensional promise.