Jeremy Naydler: Electricity: A Call to Consciousness
Because our experience of it is nearly always indirect, electricity operates for the most part beneath the threshold of our conscious experience. But if we are not fully conscious in relation to it, then we are not fully free in relation to it either. Taking his lead from Goethe, the author argues for a new approach to electricity, building on the qualities and character traits of electrical phenomena that several centuries of investigation have uncovered. Since electricity has now become our constant daily companion, the question we need to ask is not so much what but who this companion really is.
48 pages with 29 illustrations.
Jeremy Naydler: TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE (PART ONE)
The Unquenchable Thirst to Live in Gratitude: Digital Technology and the Afflicted Soul of the Earth
Industrialisation and the massive growth of urban living have given rise to the illusion that nature is a peripheral factor of life, now superseded by our increasingly technologised environment and lifestyles. In the twentieth century, novel industrial and synthetic products, such as aluminium and thermoplastics, contributed to this illusion. The digital revolution, literally encasing itself in aluminium and plastic, has nevertheless occurred at a phenomenal cost to the earth, not least because of the many precious metals that are inside modern digital devices. This poses a dilemma for everyone of good conscience who feels the need to be aware of, and to live in gratitude towards, the natural worlds on which our technologies are in reality dependent.
16 pages with one black and white and two colour illustrations.
Jeremy Naydler: TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE (PART TWO)
Synthetic Biology: The Assault on the Realm of Life
Synthetic biology is a technology dedicated to the creation of novel living organisms, on the assumption that the essence of life is nothing more than digital information. Notably, synthetic biologists regard living organisms as self-replicating machines or "bio-computers" that can be approached with the same mentality as one approaches the world of computer programming. As it is a mentality that tends towards a purely utilitarian relationship with the world, not only does it constitute an assault on the realm of life but also an assault on fundamental human values.
Jeremy Naydler: The Regeneration of Realism and the Recovery of a Science of Qualities
In the Middle Ages, science was essentially qualitative and conducted within a worldview that regarded nature as sacred. This essay considers the metaphysical principles underlying medieval science and philosophy of nature and argues for the recovery of a science of qualities, based on the pioneering work of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner. The essay is an unedited offprint of an article first published in The International Philosophical Quarterly, in 1983.
Jeremy Naydler: The Perennial Philosophy and the Recovery of a Theophanic View of Nature
(Temenos Academy, 2018)
Modern science has given us an increasingly exact knowledge of the material world and the technical means to manipulate and control it. But we have largely lost sight of the philosophical, religious and visionary tradition, often referred to as the "perennial philosophy", which prior to the scientific revolution sustained and nourished a harmonious relationship between human beings, nature and the world of spirit. Under the influence of the scientific worldview, nature has been treated as a resource to be exploited, and the goal of human life has been understood in purely secular terms. This has resulted on the one hand in a deepening ecological crisis, and on the other in the widespread experience of a loss of spiritual orientation. By turning to the ageless wisdom of the perennial philosophy, we may once again find the way towards healing our relationship to nature and also towards reconnecting with our spiritual roots. This essay, published by the Temenos Academy, is now available for purchase through Abzu Press.
Jeremy Naydler: Furiously Missing the Point: Reflections on Richard Dawkins:
The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion divides its readers into those who either love it or hate it, but one of its great merits is that it encourages us to work out what we really think about science and rationality, God and the world of spirit. This short essay critically analyses Dawkins's arguments and the assumptions on which they rest.
Jeremy Naydler: The Inner Beloved
This essay explores the numinous inner figure to whom Dante gave the name Beatrice, or “the bringer of blessings”. Like Ibn ’Arabi before him, Dante knew the Inner Beloved both as a real human being and also as an archetypal power mediating the divine presence. Although needing to be encountered in the flesh in order fully to be experienced, ultimately the Inner Beloved dwells in the innermost recesses of the soul, there commanding our most ardent devotion and stimulating our deepest creative energies.
25 pages with 14 illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: Dante: Prophet of Love
The prophet is often thought of as someone who is able to see into the future, and prophecy as the prediction of events that have yet to happen. But this is a drastically reduced understanding of both prophets and prophecy. Within the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the prophet is one who is divinely inspired and for whom the veils separating us from the world of spirit are drawn aside, enabling a higher revelation to be received and then communicated to others. Dante was steeped in the Bible and self-consciously drew on the rich repository of images belonging to the Biblical prophetic tradition. But he also drew on other images not found in the Bible, nor available in any other external sources during his lifetime. These images presented themselves to Dantes inner visionary eye, and reveal the depth of his attunement to the archetype of the divine feminine.
48 pages with 18 illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: Plato, Aristotle and the Union of Opposites
The philosophies of Plato or Aristotle need not be seen as irreconcilably opposed to each other, yet Platonists and Aristotelians have often regarded each other with antagonism. Today, it is important that these streams of thought be united, not only for the sake of the greater truth that their reconciliation allows us to embrace, but also because their union empowers us to meet the challenge of a materialism that threatens to sweep us all up in its wake. 35 pages with 5 line drawings and 2 colour illustrations.
Jeremy Naydler: Plato, Shamanism and Ancient Egypt
Were Plato and other early Greek scholars influenced by shamanism, and, if so, did this influence stem from the north as E.R. Dodds famously suggested? This essay explores the possibility of a southern influence emanating from ancient Egypt, and the implication that key aspects of the Egyptian priestly wisdom are transmitted in Plato's philosophy. 46 pages with 12 black and white illustrations.
Jeremy Naydler: Gardening as a Sacred Art (Floris Books, 2011)
A panoramic view of the history of gardening, as this relates to the history of human consciousness and our wider relationship to nature.
This title, originally published by Abzu Press, is currently available in a revised and expanded version published by Floris Books (2011). We are pleased to be able to offer this at the reduced price of £13.00 (RRP £16.99).
"Gardening as a Sacred Art is not only a masterful summary of the history of gardens (from antiquity to the early 20th century) from the spiritual perspective but, more importantly, it culminates in a beautiful meditation upon how the gardener may steer the garden 'towards becoming an icon its breath and essence coming from the divine.'" Emma Clark, Resurgence.
128 pages with 51 illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: Soul Gardening (Godstow Press, 2006)
This beautifully produced volume of garden poems, published by Godstow Press, is dedicated to all those gardeners who understand that the work of the gardener involves not only ensouling the garden but also gardening the soul. Now available for purchase from Abzu Press at the reduced price of £5.00.
"Jeremy Naydler reminds us that what we turn our hands and hearts to informs us in the deepest sense. Those privileged to tend the soil and plants can find living metaphors at every fingertip. Here is a gardener of verses who digs a fine tilth and harvests some true wisdom." Matthew Barton, New View.
70 pages with 14 illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: Coming to Earth
All of life depends on the earth. The plants draw sustenance from the soil. Animals draw sustenance from the plants. Like other creatures, we humans belong to the earth, but unlike them we are prone to spurn, neglect and abuse the earth that is our home, instead of cherishing and caring for it. This essay is based on a talk given in the greenhouse at Worton Organic Garden in October 2018, as a contribution to the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.
34 pages with 19 illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: In Defence of the Flower Garden
When Monet tore out the kitchen garden at Giverny, his friends stood aghast. Had he gone mad? No! Monet understood that useless but beautiful flowers are worth more in the greater scheme of things than all the extremely useful vegetables and fruits he could grow. And so the wonderful flower garden at Giverny was born.
Today, we live at a time when utilitarian values everywhere predominate, and any reasonably sized garden is regarded as a potential building plot, never mind a vegetable plot. Just as Shelley, in an age of rationalism and literalism, felt the need to write A Defence of Poetry, so today in an age of secularism and utilitarianism we all need to rise up in defence of the flower garden.
Jeremy Naydler: How Caterpillars Acquire Wings
An exploration of the many parallels between insect metamorphosis and esoteric teachings on spiritual transformation in the human being, drawing on ancient mystery religions, alchemy and mythology.
52 pages with 12 colour and 23 black and white illustrations
Jeremy Naydler: The Education of Hermes
Wishing to know the secret of how to find the pathways through heaven and all the universe, Hermes descends from his home amongst the stars and comes down to the Earth. Here he journeys through the elements, taking on different forms and learning profound truths from gnomes, undines, sylphs and salamanders.
The following booklets by Jeremy Naydler are no longer available from Abzu Press, as they are now published in one volume by Inner Traditions under the title The Future of the Ancient World: Essays on the History of Consciousness.
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1) The Restitution of the Ear
2) Perceptions of the Divine in Nature, Part One: The Heart of the Lily
3) Perceptions of the Divine in Nature, Part Two: Baal Hadad at Bracknell
4) The Future of the Ancient World
5) Christ and the Gods
6) On the Divinity of the Gods
7) Pathways into the Future from the Deep Past
8) Ancient Egypt and the Soul of the West
9) The Reality That is Not There: Reflections on Non-Locational Space
10) Ancient Egypt and Modern Esotericism
11) The Artist as Priest: Reflections on the Sacred Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt
12) Being Ancient In A Modern Way: Divination in the Light of the History of Consciousness
George Burnett-Stuart: Towards the Redemption of Science
from Bondage to Materialism
The concept of Matter has been central to modern science from the time of Descartes until now. In this essay, George Burnett-Stuart traces the history of the concept of Matter from ancient times, and argues that the twentieth-century discovery of the 'quantum' compels Matter to give up its central position in science, in favour of the experience of the subject. He urges us to consider how the possibilities of Matter can and must be re-visioned as possibilities of experience.
39 pages with 14 black and white figures
Prue Conradi: The Hare's Bride
This deceptively simple yet compelling Grimm's fairy tale yields a surprising number of central themes that arise in the individuation process: the relationship between spirit and instinct, the meaning of redemption, the encounter with the Trickster and the centrality and significance of sacrifice. It contains many clues about the possible transformation of unredeemed instinct into spiritual value. 41 pages with 12 illustrations.
Angela Voss: Father Time and Orpheus
An exploration of Marsilio Ficino's astrological invocations in 15th century Florence. Influenced by ancient Egyptian magic, Platonic philosophy and contemporary music, Ficino developed a theory and method of ritual performance which drew on the imagination and the desire of the human being for union with the divine powers of the cosmos.
Anne Baring: C.G. Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead
An incisive and passionate introduction to the Seven Sermons, which Jung wrote in three evenings during the summer of 1916. Jung risked insanity to open the door to a normally ignored dimension of the soul, and his Seven Sermons are testimony to his determination to devote himself to the exploration of the psyche - to listen to its voice, decipher its language and to be receptive to its attempts to communicate with the conscious mind. 17 pages.
Louanne Richards: Journey into Nagaland
A moving account of the author's journey to visit her father's grave in Nagaland, weaving her own story of loss with the tragic story of the loss of autonomy and cultural identity of the Naga people. Nagaland today is a country under occupation by the Indian army.
Barry Cottrell: The Quest for Power: Shamanism and The New Age
In this sequel to Thresholds Between Worlds, Barry Cottrell continues his exploration of contemporary shamanism, questioning whether shamanic practices, imported from ancient times and from indigenous peoples, are appropriate for our non-shamanic modern world. In particular, he draws attention to the moral dimension in the practice of neo-shamanism, and advocates the 'search for freedom' rather than the 'quest for power'.
Barry Cottrell: Thresholds Between Worlds
This lucid introduction to the key ideas and practices of shamanism considers themes such as the shamanic journey, the power animal, reality for the shaman, the shamanic concept of illness and soul retrieval in relation to psychotherapy. Above all Thresholds Between Worlds examines the question What role can shamanism play in our daily lives? Since shamanism lies at the very roots of human spirituality, this is an important question for anyone concerned with the spiritual death and rebirth of our civilization.
Emilios Bouratinos: Homeopathy of the Mind: How the Greeks Defeated Rationality
In both ancient Egyptian and early Greek religion, open religious explication was avoided in favour of the use of symbol, myth and ritual to cure the objectifying mind of its tendency to view the world in a fragmentary way. Although he used different methods, Socrates' aim was identical: to lead people towards an unrestricted awareness of reality. Through his philosophy, Socrates links us to the ancient homeopathic religious practices which we so badly need to recover today, if we are to successfully meet the crisis our civilization is now facing.
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