The Breathing Cathedral: Feeling Our Way into a Living Cosmos

The Breathing Cathedral: Feeling Our Way into a Living Cosmos

by Martha Heyneman
     
 

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Living with meaning: the need for a whole-being sense of the cosmos.

A panoramic vision of cosmic spiritual ecology achieved through an unusual balance between practical observation, vigorous knowledge of literature and science, and inspired personal insight. Author Martha Heyneman relates her practice and understanding of the Gurdjieff teaching to

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Living with meaning: the need for a whole-being sense of the cosmos.

A panoramic vision of cosmic spiritual ecology achieved through an unusual balance between practical observation, vigorous knowledge of literature and science, and inspired personal insight. Author Martha Heyneman relates her practice and understanding of the Gurdjieff teaching to international legacies of literature and science, and to the immediate sensory details of her own life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seeing in recently advanced cosmological theory the renewed possibility that our universe has a definable shape, Heyneman proposes--with persuasive elegance--that humanity may once again experience its world as home. Citing medieval cosmologies, such as that of Thomas Aquinas, who had his own ``theory of everything,'' and referring frequently to the philosophical foundation and geography of Dante's Divine Comedy , journalist and poet Heyneman attributes the richness of Renaissance culture to a claim that its leading thinkers and artists felt ``at home'' in the world as they understood it. ``Psyche and cosmological image mirror each other,'' she asserts, and connects the Big Bang and the theories of Einstein and Stephen Hawking to shapes and devices (``3-spheres,'' gyres, Hamlet's Mill, and an ever-turning spindle) that connect modern humanity with modern concepts of the universe. Personalized, poetic, intricate and closely tied to her admiration of the teaching of Gurdjieff, Heyneman rewards a close reading. Illustrations not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
Recently we have begun to question the role of science and scientists as the providers of our primary world view. The purely scientific description of our cosmos is no longer satisfying, yet we are not willing or able to return to the world views predominant before science took over. Heyneman, a poet and social commentator, explores Western views of the cosmos, from Dante's Divine Comedy to Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time ( LJ 4/15/88). She then uses current ideas of environmentalism and feminism, as well as her own poetical interpretation, to create a new cosmology. What we get is a cosmology based on meaning and not a sterile description of observable fact. Heyneman achieves her goal of convincing us that there is more to the cosmos than our scientific view, but she is less successful in her attempt to open us to new ideas by reminiscing poetically about her own life. For collections of popular philosophy.-- Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595174249
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/25/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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