Monday, March 29, 2010

In the footsteps of James Hillman 10

A Brief Summary of the Role of the Daimon

James Hillman suggests that the acorn myth is a good modern myth to live by.  It claims that each life is formed or shaped or fashioned by its own unique image.  This image or daimon is the very essence of that life and calls it to a particular destiny.  It is the force of fate and this image acts as a personal daimon or guardian angel, an accompanying guide who remembers the individual's calling in life.

How the Daimon works

When our native calling or daimon is opposed, it will make itself known by forcing deviance and oddity upon its keeper, by even making its owner ill.  It cannot abide innocence because its call is a call to self-knowledge and to wisdom which often means tasting the bitter as well as the sweet fruits of life.  Innocence is a state of unawareness, while experience is a state of awareness.

The daimon has much to do with search for the true self, (my words here, I hasten to add, as Hillman loathes the use of the word "self") with that restlessness of heart which St Augustine possessed in abundance.  Hillman insists that the daimon wants to be seen, "witnessed, accorded recognition, particularly by the person who is its caretaker." (The Soul's Code, p. 40)

Above, ancora un'altra foto che ho presa nei musei vaticani febbraio 2010. And death what is it? And the soul an elusive identity?

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