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“The difference between the “natural” individuation process, which runs its course unconsciously, and the one which is consciously realized, is tremendous. In the first case consciousness nowhere intervenes; the end remains as dark as the beginning. In the second case so much darkness comes to light that the personality is permeated with light, and consciousness necessarily gains in scope and insight. The encounter between conscious and unconscious has to ensure that the light which shines in the darkness is not only comprehended by the darkness, but comprehends it.” ~ C.G. Jung.

The Philosophy of Philosophy

The Philosophy of Philosophy

An article wherein I discuss the subjectivity of experience, and its interrelationship with philosophy with references to neurobiology and neuropsychology. I am reflective. Through reading a simple yet informative book on neuropsychology (“Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology” by Paul Broks) I have realised just how little I know. I had glimpsed this in reading Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s seminal work, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, where the link between the gut and the brain was explored in great depth….

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[INFJ] Surrendering to Extraverted Sensing – Peace in the Inferior Function

[INFJ] Surrendering to Extraverted Sensing – Peace in the Inferior Function

Today, and yesterday, I have been working on this painting. It is a new style for me, and very different, in that it is almost cartoon-like, painterly, in it’s etchings (but I really like it; it is natural). The piece is still not done, which is why I have not shared all of it. As it is, I am currently using my newly-fortified knowledge of Personality Type to change my approach to art, and try to find greater happiness while…

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A Philosophical Treatise

A Philosophical Treatise

This is a meandering from an article I’m hoping to write, called INFJs and Creativity (which will be on the nature of our inferior function, Extraverted Sensing (Se). I read Dr. A. J. Drenth’s article INFJ Personality Type: Lover of Beauty & Wisdom again last night, and got a lot more out of it this time ’round. Who knew that reading what little I have on Jung’s work would be of such practical use in modern (mainstream) psychology, too? It…

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The Dreaming Sentinel – The Origin of A Name

The Dreaming Sentinel – The Origin of A Name

So, as you know I’ve recently finished an article on The Silver One, and the cover I made for it. I was initially going to include this topic (why I am called The Dreaming Sentinel) in the aforementioned post. But it soon turned out that there was no room for it, and I would have to write another article especially for it – this article. So, why am I called The Dreaming Sentinel? …Where to begin.   This is not…

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A New Style

A New Style

Let it be known that I have been trying to find a new artistic style for a long time—my artistic style. It seems that since the age of 13 I’d lost the damn thing. I still feel very lost, amidst the annals of self-judgement and rational criticism. But, struggling, I’m finding my way. Listening to the sometimes senseless voice of oneself is, for me, a hard thing. I rue the day I ever learned consistency was important in art, and…

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Writing and Artistic Creation

Writing and Artistic Creation

I have, for many years, been a writer. Some might say 20, but I cannot remember the exact year I began to write, and indeed, the process of growing up has been a long one. I have learned a lot in this time—about the world, myself, and the structures of man all. But mostly, I like to believe, I have learned of myself, and my values in this life—though the process still is ongoing, as it ever will be. I…

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The Vital Role Artists Play in Society

The Vital Role Artists Play in Society

(This article was heavily influenced by Jung’s essay Psychology and Literature, from Modern Man in Search of a Soul.) Expanding on my last article, almost as an afterthought, I thought I would illuminate you further on the vital role I am coming to believe artists play in society. Artists are channels. To the subconscious, to the spirit of an age (or indeed, the former patterning the latter and coming out with a judgement as to what needs to be changed…

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On the Writing of Books

On the Writing of Books

I believed for a long time that the writing of books was a serious and severe sort of thing. It took me a long time to realise that publishing books was no different than publishing to the internet—we do our best, but in the end it is imperfect, and a mere step on the journey; a human manifestation of knowledge. We do not live in an age where we can spend our lifetime on a piece of art, such as…

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The Functioning of the Human Body, Mind, and “Soul”

The Functioning of the Human Body, Mind, and “Soul”

Something I want to teach people is how to listen to their own bodies, their own thoughts, their own minds. Like the subconscious, the immune system is constantly working to maintain the health and balance of the body—as are your tastebuds, instincts, and own cravings (modern, processed foods and substances aside). And, like the immune system, the subconscious is almost like a bit of internal scripting to keep the conscious psyche in check. That is to say, that we are…

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The Dreaming Sentinel

The Dreaming Sentinel

The journey to where I am now has been interesting. I am someone who hated school. At first it was love, for at heart knowledge is the truth I seek, but then it was sorrow, as I was let down from my ideals to the harsh reality of what it was. Then, I was too young to understand the Machiavellian ways in which rulers conduct themselves—only now that I do, I am of neither mind as to whether such things…

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