- Tapa blanda: 340 páginas
- Editor: Quest Books (1 de junio de 1996)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0835607496
- ISBN-13: 978-0835607490
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The Waking Dream: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of Our Lives (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jun 1996
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The telephone rings. It is a grammar school friend you have not heard from in 30 years, but just now, while going through a box of old photographs, you came across his picture. Is this coincidence, or do such events have deeper significance? This engaging and penetrating book opens readers to the world of meaningful coincidences. Weaving ancient insights with contemporary teachings on sacred psychology, astrology, and subtle energy. Grasse shows readers how to understand the deeper meaning of the symbols and synchronicities of their everyday lives.
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In the modern, mechanistic worldview, cold, hard, objectivity rules and there is no place for the mystery of subjective meaning and the symbolist perspective that pervaded world cultures in days past.
Ray Grasse is among a few vanguard thinkers that asks us to rethink the modern position and, in an epistemological revolution, to allow space for the strange, acausal, signs and symbols that often peek through the ordinary experience of life. Grasse suggests that, rather than a meaningless accident of matter, the physical world is intimately linked to the inner world. All things, he says, partake in a single regulating intelligence, or Divine Mind, that permeates and transcends material reality. In this view, everything is governed by hidden connections, cycles, and archetypes. Everything is meaningful and Grasse suggests life is a "living book of symbols, a sacred text that can be decoded," if we only know how to decipher the code.
In this fascinating exploration of the symbolist worldview, Grasse considers ancient knowledge across world cultures including esoteric and hermetic traditions, kabbalistic lore, and yoga. He looks at astrology, tarot, numerology, omens, rituals, archetypes, chakras, and more, in an attempt to synthesize symbolic knowledge into a coherent perspective with fundamental laws. Like Freud's "Interpretation of Dreams," which contains observations about features of dream symbolism, Grasse's book is an "Interpretation of Reality," providing clues about how to decode symbolic meaning in waking life. It often feels like he's drawing from hermeneutics and literary theory to decode the symbolism of everyday life!
Grasse hints at a mysterious creative force at work, a collective psyche, a master storyteller, a magic weaver, linking the events of the individual, society, and the universe together in a brilliant tapestry, with meaning everywhere. But if we are all part of some grand work of art, who is the artist? How does the artist work? What are the grand metaphysical implications of a symbolic worldview?
The book doesn't answer the big questions but it gets the reader thinking. It provides a starting point for investigations. It's full of wonder and provocative suggestions, the kind of book that might be found in a Renaissance alchemist's library.
I don't believe everything Grasse proposes in this book. Sometimes his suggestions of what is meaningful and significant are forced and beyond belief. Yet, considering the whole of the text with an open mind, I can't help but feel there's something to the symbolist worldview, and I give Grasse great credit in attempting to re-introduce it to a modern audience.