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|St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC
|St. Patrick's Cathedral
"The Fall may best be understood not as a moral deviation or as a descent into a carnal state, but as a drama of knowledge, as a dislocation and degradation of our consciousness, a lapse of our perceptive and cognitive powers—a lapse which cuts us off from the presence and awareness of other superior worlds and imprisons us in the fatality of our solitary existence in this world. It is to forget the symbolic function of every form and to see in things not their dual, symbiotic reality, but simply their non-spiritual dimension, their psycho-physical or material appearance. Seen in this perspective, our crime, like that of Adam, is equivalent to losing this sense of symbols; for to lose the sense of symbols is to be put in the presence of our own darkness, of our own ignorance. This is the exile from Paradise, the condition of our fallen humanity; and it is the consequence of our ambition to establish our presence exclusively in this terrestrial world and to assert that our presence in this world, and exclusively in this world, accords with our real nature as human beings. In fact, we have reached the point not only of thinking that the world which we perceive with our ego-consciousness is the natural world, but also of thinking that our fallen, subhuman state is the natural human state, the state that accords with our nature as human beings. And we talk of acquiring knowledge of the natural world when we do not even know what goes on in the mind of an acorn."
From the Visionary Commonwealth, RGMS presents a deep symbolic reflection on the experience of the album ‘morning bells’. Ewan Jenkins explores the significance of the bell as it relates to awakening, offering a profoundly personal, yet transcendent perspective on his engagement with the music.
To further understand and dialogue with the nature of music, RGMS presents a model of theoretical analysis, which strives to engage directly with the empirical perception of a work of art. Archetypes of Music aims to navigate the most distilled polar fields within the realm of both immediate and linear awareness, and thus achieve a more accessible and discernible understanding of the musical process.
Read the Full Research Publication: Archetypes of Music
The Rube Goldberg Machine of Semiotics and Symbols Podcast presents Episode 3: Mythology in the RGMS, in a series of explorations into music and its relationship to meaning.
|Apollo and Dionysus by Leonid Ilyukin