Friday 29 June 2007

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The Pelasgian Creation Myth

We know that more than one American man today needs a sword to cut his adult soul away from his mother-bound soul. Australian aboriginal initiators use that sword to cut the "psychic umbilical cord". The sword has the edge that cuts clinging away from love, cuts boyish bravado away from manly firmness, and cuts passive-aggression away from fierceness. The Tibetans refer to such a sharp interior sword as "the Vajra sword." Without it, they say, no spiritual life is possible, and no adult life.

We also may need a sword to cut us apart from our own self-pity. Victimhood may have been inattentively joined to us when we were children, in a joining we could not prevent, achieved in a trance by a molester, a brutalizing brother or sister, a violent father or mother.

The Greeks admired a Pelasgian creation myth, which was different and older than the Olympian creation myth.

THE MYTH SAYS THAT "ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS AN EGG FLOATING ON THE OCEAN. THEN A SWORD BEGAN TO MOVE TOWARD THE EGG, AND THE SWORD CUT THE EGG IN TWO. IT TURNED OUT THAT EROS WAS INSIDE THE EGG."

If the egg had remained as it was, there would have been no Eros in the world. No sword, no Eros, the myth says. The parents love for the child, the man's love for a woman and vice versa, same-sex love, the bee's love for the hive, the worshipper's love for God - none of that comes into being without the sword.

Read more about the Pelasgian Creation Myth:

http://www.ferrum.edu/

http://www.areopagus.net/

Read more about Eros:

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://www.godchecker.com/

http://www.loggia.com/

Jung referred to the value of distinctiveness in his odd piece called "Seven Sermons to the Dead." We note that the hawk always remains a hawk, even when the hawk is living among owls; an owl remains an owl, even when living amongst porcupines. But human beings are suggestible and can lose distinction. When they merge into "the masses," as in Fascism, they fall into indistinctiveness. The Gnostics imagined a place called Pleroma, which is an enormous abundance, but also an enormous indistinction. It is desirable then, for men and women to aim for distinction consciously. It is dangerous if they do not do so.

Read more about the Gnostics:

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/

http://www.pbs.org/

A great deal of debate goes on these days over how much distinctiveness the genders should aim for. The implication of the Pelasgian myth is that the "prodigious complexity" we all love depends both in nature and in culture on a love of distinctiveness.

- Main Ideas: Robert Bly

Indigo Boy, Friday, 29 June, Marrakech, Morocco

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