Dostoevsky said “Beauty will save the world.” He didn’t mean surface beauty. He meant poetic beauty. Or as James Hillmans says: “the way in which the Gods touch our senses, reach the heart and attract us into life.” That kind of beauty will save the world.
I’ve worked directly with metaphor for 30 years, both professionally and personally, and there’s one image that has never let me go: I am a plant and I’m growing in rich, fertile soil. On a personal level, when I don’t know what to do or something in life is troubling me, all I need is [ Read more … ]
Philosophers throughout history have asserted that “the fundamental nature of the world is aesthetic” (Alfred North Whitehead, Gregory Bateson,James Hillman, Martin Foss,Donald Winnicott to name a few.) The word aesthetics comes from the Greek word “aisthenesthai” which is the ability to perceive. James Hillman writes, “Aesthetics in this primordial sense involves sensing the things of [ Read more … ]
In a meeting in late December 2006, the President of a small university asked me what course I wanted to teach in their Ph.D. Psychology program. Instead of responding with the curricula that I was already prepared to teach, to my surprise I found myself blurting out… “metaphor.” The topic was right there; there was [ Read more … ]
Creativity requires that we listen and notice: What is moving me? What is touching my heart? The process of discovering what we love is about letting the world in. We need to be open to it, see it, feel it, and experience it. The psychologist James Hillman passed away today. Here’s something he wrote that [ Read more … ]