This book is about returning balance to the individual and to the world.
The same way in which mental health for individuals comes from finding a balanced harmony between consciousness and the unconscious, so too will world health come from a balanced harmony between life and death.
Selves exist, but they are virtual. Non-self exists, and it is actual. Both, however, are completely real.
My thought flow is organized into eight chapters, which are grouped into a conceptual framework of four sections containing two chapters each. This framework helps me be intentional with each section, and will help guide the writing process in an organic way. The conceptual framework came to me while studying Kabbalah, which organizes ideas into associative patterns, just like metapattern. Ron Feldman breaks the notion of “breath” out into four moments: empty lungs, inhale, full lungs, and exhale. Each of these four moments has rich associations within Jewish mysticism, and for me, rich connections to my past artwork. I’ve combined these four moments of breath with their respective mystical connotations and the four branches of my Yggdrasil series to form an embodied, emotional framework for organizing these chapters.
This schematic organizes the key concepts in this book into a coherent structure. I call this schematic the “Dance of Spirit,” which is a detailed version of the inward / outward respiratory process as it is manifested in our lives.
“Being & Death” explores the dialectic of self and non-self in respiration. This spiritual philosophy book unfolds in real time on the internet while it is written. Join me in re-writing the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.