9.21.2012

WAY OF THE DREAM

"Are we the dream of the self? Or is the self our dream?"




Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) was a Swiss psychologist specializing in dream analysis. By the date of this documentary, she had analyzed over 60,000 dreams. A protege of Carl Jung's, she studied dream analysis with him from 1933 until his death in 1961. She published books on a variety of topics, including alchemy and archetypes in fairy and folk tales. Essentially, she was a pretty badass lady with, clearly, a remarkable aptitude for patience, as evidenced by this 9 hour documentary that is almost entirely an interview of her by Fraser Boa, the producer and director of the film. It also includes really cute Brits talking about their dreams. I've only just made it to the second installment here. 

9.12.2012

AT THE CROSS ROADS

A Sufi was sitting at a crossroads one morning when a young man came up to him and asked whether he could study with him. 
   'Yes, for one day,' said the Sufi.
   Throughout the day, one traveller after another stopped to ask questions about man and life, about Sufism and Sufis, or to beg for help -- or just to pay respects.
   But the Sufi wanderer merely sat in an attitude of contemplation, his head on his knee, and he made no answer at all. One by one, the people went away.
   Towards evening a poor man with a heavy bundle approached the pair and asked the way to the nearest town. The Sufi immediately stood up, took the man's burden on his own shoulders and conducted him a part of the way along the right road. Then he returned to the crossroads.
   The young man asked:
   'Was that man, miserable peasant though he looked, really a saint in disguise, one of the secret wanderers of high rank?'
   The Sufi sighed and said:
   'He was the only person whom we have seen today who really sought the object which he claimed to want.'

9.06.2012

UBUWEB

I'm not sure if my request will elicit any responses, but I'd love to know if you have any favorite selections from UbuWeb. It is such an overwhelming and incredible archive; it is difficult for me to know where to begin sometimes. It used to be my tradition to watch selections from their film archive while I scanned up my film (god, it takes so long sometimes). Having not had the funds for a bit now to purchase and develop my film, I'm a bit out of touch. Please comment if you have any recommendations!

Here is a sampling of some of my favorites (the few that I can recall...) :




FEAR IS

"...failure, and the forerunner of failure: be thou therfore without fear for in the heart of the coward virtue abideth not."

-Horus "Lord of the West"*





*Neophyte ceremony of G:.D when bandage is removed from eyes of aspirant (Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley p.380)

9.03.2012

EVIDENCE

IF THE SCISSORS

...are not used daily on the beard, it will not be long before the beard is by its luxuriant growth pretending to be the head.