Eros will live
Friday, 31 January 2020 at 17:12
The soul is endless and eternal: There is no limit, a whole lifetime is not enough to know it.
In an encounter, there is no point at which the other soul can be known entirely, nor when you too are known.
The soul is alive, and always in a process of change, as are all living things. As long as it lives it will possess the capacity to reveal ever deeper layers.
Soul means life and life means change.
It will never be fixed as a thing and known entirely.
It would never be known at all were it not for the potent momentum of Eros.
As long as there is something new to find in the other soul and as long as you reveal yourself, Eros will live.
“The chance encounter can have consequences for eternity.”
© John Dunn
Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 21:14
The self can only be found in the other. Without the other there is no self-being.
Only when the other is encountered can the greatest gift be bestowed on the beloved, the true self - regardless of whether it is accepted or not.
Only in this gift will the true self ever be known.
In the opportunity to give of oneself lies the possibility of one sole essence arising out of two separate substances.
Know this and know why the God who is love is revealed to human consciousness as the eternal Trinity - the Loving One who loves, the Loved One who loves, and their Love who loves them.
The Grail quest of the awoken spirit, the sorrowful spirit, the damaged spirit, is the quest for God.
© John Dunn.
To give all
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 16:53
Eros is the necessarily humanising experience, regardless of the fact that damage, sorrow and loss will follow the encounter.
It is the creative force behind spiritual life and ideas.
Without it life is mere existence and sex merely reproductive of exitstence.
Eros kick-starts the Grail quest, the adventure, the search for knowledge of the other soul.
It drives the desire to give all of oneself to the other.
Unless the soul of the other is sought and found, the self will never be complete.
© John Dunn.
Eros is Pan
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 at 17:14
Pan Reclining, by Peter Paul Rubens - possible c. 1610.
Eros is the propelling power of being
The law of necessity reigns over the natural world. Perhaps it is the same amongst the angelic orders, where union exists amongst all beings.
Where no one is distinguished from another, darkness reigns over all. Chaos is equilibrium.
Eros was born to be the disrupter.
In the earth sphere, the erotic force is the propelling power regardless of whether or not its real meaning is understood.
In the chance encounter, suddenly, Eros is all. No wonder that in ancient mythology, Eros was conflated with Pan, meaning everything.
© John Dunn.
Sunday, 26 January 2020 at 16:36
Eros and Psyche (1908), Gustav Vigeland.
Eros lifts the undeveloped spirit out of chaos, which is a state of non-being.
The state of chaotic non-being is vegetative or animalistic.
The child is lifted out of chaos.
The child can be of any age, for to live in a state of chaos is to be a child.
Eros brings the soul into being.
Eros leaves the soul with no choice but to long for union with at least one other being.
This longing for union is love.
© John Dunn
How happy ye mortals
Monday, 20 January 2020 at 17:04
How happy ye mortals are,
if the Eros which governs the heaven
does also reign in your heart.
In this passsage from the Consolations of Philosophy, Boethius maps the individual experience of Eros onto the cosmic experience.
Very much the same concept is to be found in the contemporary of Boethius, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, in On the Divine Names.
On this basis the Pseudo-Dionysius can describe Eros as a mighty stream, coming from God and ruling the Cosmos: this is condescending love of the higher for the lower.
Down here on earth Eros also works as a uniting and commingling power in men by urging them to create community, “moves co-equals to a communion,” be it in society or marriage. And finally this life force can be sublimated into a desire for God: it “moves the inferiors to turn towards their superiors in virtue and position.”
So the cosmogonic Eros forms a cycle, originating in God, penetrating the Cosmos, transformed in man into public spirit and sexual desire and returning to its source as love of God.
In the cycle, Love (Eros) comes from God and returns to God.
© John Dunn.
Alcibiades, Socrates and encounter
Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 17:15
Alcibiades being taught by Socrates, François-André Vincent
In Plato’s Alcibiades I, Socrates argues that we are to be identified first with the intellectual part of soul, which is the divine intellect that is God.
He introduces the mirror metaphor.
If an eye wished to see itself, how could it do so? It could look to a mirror and things like mirrors, Alcibiades replies.
But Socrates points out that the soul wishing to know itself could do so bylooking to the best part of another soul, the intellect, i.e. God.
The critical point is that reflection is necessary.
Self-understanding requires encounter.
The soul-mirror is another intellect and looking to this is the best way to understand oneself.
The closest Platonic parallel is with the myth of the Phaedrus, where the image of the mirror is used again.
The lover sees in the beloved not only himself but the god he is trying to imitate.
The lover seeks out a beloved like his deity and attempts to make him still more like the god.
The Phaedrus myth differs from the Alcibiades I in speaking of many gods rather than one.
However, in both the Phaedrus and the Alcibiades I Socrates would have us pursue self-knowledge by looking to another intellect for the truest reflection.
God, as the self behind all human selves provides the foundation for our knowledge of ourselves.
Alcibiades thought he loved one individual, Socrates. Based on the above reasoning, he should have loved what Socrates represents, the intellect that human beings share with one another, and with God.
© John Dunn.