WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT?
The highly paradoxical Moebius strip is a telling representation of the twofld nature of our minds and of of the relationship that our self-conscious mind estalbishes with its imaging counterpart. The two faces of the strip are theoreticall separate, but practically united into a single contiunous plane that allows the imagination to flow on into intellect, and the findings of the intellect to flow back into the imaginative world.
WHAT IS ALL THISREALLY ABOUT?
If truth be told, there is no such place as Gondwana. The country that certain authorities have presumed to call by that name never actually had a name for itself.
It just was.
And this being so what is it, really?
Merely a conspiracy of the imaging mind, endlessly trying to get its foot intp the door of our awareness and endlessly sending the outside world relief parcels stuffed with food and clothing and, along with that, a few random dreams squeezed away into a corner.
As such, it rightly feels misjudged by the present age, and stands aghast by the roadside, staring at the disasters that lie ahead.
These Chronicles are part of the conspiracy. A benevolent trap laid for all those captive minds and so designed as to confront them with the riddle of the seal that can lead them out of their captivity.
The first one to be released in this fashion was the author himself. He well remembers how his own sly imagination maneuvered him into writing a book he had never intended to write.
And here is how he states the matter in his postscript to the Third Episode of Chronicles of the Greater Dream:
The fact that the messages of the imaging mind turn up unbidden
on the sunny shores of our awareness – and that they may even, at
times, give the impression of emanating from some alien spirit that
pops up unannounced to deliver its messages – has prompted many
of the less imaginatively inclined to view the entire input of the
imaging mind with sharp suspicion.
And so, at one point, western society moved on into a rather nasty
divorce between the intellect and the imagination at the end of
which the imagination was, by general consent, packed off to the
scullery in the company of Mad Meg (whence it could still be
summoned on occasion, if only to entertain the guests)
while newly capitalized Reason, a brilliantly gifted, but exceedingly
prim young girl with only the slightest understanding of the
actual scope of human experience, was put in charge of the
entire human household.
This is still the case in our current societies, as a result of which
we all seem fated to live in a seriously diminished, deeply nihilistic,
“half-brained” world, where the indispensable input of the
imaging mind (and thus of all our more deeply felt needs and
aspirations) is systematically ignored, explained away or indeed
(thus adding insult to injury!) high-jacked and profitably
exploited by unscrupulous procurers of commercially formatted
In brief then, the singularity of our minds resides in its bilingual
disposition, one half of it communicating both inwardly and
sociallyin words, while the other meditates inwardly on images –
which it also makes known to the outside world at times in the
form of paintings, dance, song, theater and motion pictures. But
ever since the philosophical pronunciamiento that fundamentally
disfranchised the imaging mind (and denied it any validity
in the overall cognitive process of our species), consensual
common sense in our societies has mostly found itself stuck in
a deep rut.
This is where the return of our image-visitors, the Emblemata,
asdepicted in the Chronicles appears significant. For these are
in fact the sensible manifestation of a speechless but well-reasoned
wisdom and thus a function of our multi-layered and bifid mind,
wonderfully, usefully and sensitively shaped to this very purpose
through the evolutionary eons.
The Master and his Emissary, The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale, 2009), Iain McGilchrist's grand synthesis of present knowledge regarding the workings of the twofold mind (a book that Michael Francis Gibson and/or Miguel Errazu happened upon only recently), appears to provide a scientifically persuasive account of the contentious relationship into which Gondwana and the Industrial World or (to use Miguel Errazu’s terminology) the “blunt forces of the Bottom Line” are currently locked. This immensely learned book has rightly been hailed as “a grand theory for our time [which], if properly understood and acted upon... has the potential to transform our view of our selves and our cultures.” It may also make the events related in the Chroniclesmore readily intelligible to the general public, though it still fails to account for the quite unaccountable existence of the Emblemata.
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