Visionary Worlds: The Making and Unmaking of Reality / Edition 1

Visionary Worlds: The Making and Unmaking of Reality / Edition 1

by Lee Irwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791428621

ISBN-13: 9780791428627

Pub. Date: 03/28/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Visionary Worlds examines the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs, and social interactions. In this process of "world-building," we each draw on a wide variety of ideologies - religious, philosophical, aesthetic or scientific - which often…  See more details below

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Visionary Worlds examines the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs, and social interactions. In this process of "world-building," we each draw on a wide variety of ideologies - religious, philosophical, aesthetic or scientific - which often conflict and clash with one another in the struggle to evolve a coherent and meaningful worldview. This unpredictable and fallible process often requires considerable readjustment or revisions as the complexities of an increasingly pluralistic society impinge upon us with greater divergence and multiplicity. This work examines the ways in which we all make and unmake our reality as part of the challenge of seeking greater spiritual maturity and relatedness to others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791428627
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue1
1Creating the World7
Myths of Beginning10
History, then Civilization18
Patterns of Truth25
Falsehoods, then Denials34
2Destroying Illusion43
Time Is Not Lineal50
Space Is Not Empty58
Life Is Not Suffering65
Dreams Are Not Fantasy72
3Chaos and Confusion79
Fear, Isolation, Death84
Anger, Jealousy, Violence95
Love, Passion, Possession103
Ecstacy, Joy, Trauma111
4Recreating the World117
Recalling the Past121
Foreseeing the Future130
Forgetting the Present138
Unweaving the Woven145
5Accepting the Unacceptable153
Neither Self Nor Selflessness160
Both-and-or-Other168
Neither Ignorance Nor Knowledge176
Made, then Unmade184
Aterword191
Notes195
Bibliography199
Index208

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