“Philosophy is indeed the science of living perfectly, and is above all things, to speak briefly, the cause to Souls of a perfect life. “
Iamblichus, quoted from The Shrine of Wisdom
This year's Summer Studies seminars will be on the "Epistemology of Soul" -- An Unfinished Paper by Anthony Damiani.
This paper is in the original Astronoesis manuscript. Portions of it were incorporated at various locations within the published work. The weekend will be organized around its initial unveiling in its entirety as Anthony left it. The central theme is his exegesis of Plotinus' theory of knowledge.
Five sessions are planned: Friday evening, Saturday morning, afternoon and evening, Sunday morning.
A more detailed schedule will be forthcoming.
Whenever I have used the term "the center of his being," I have referred to a state of meditation, to an experience which is felt at a certain stage. The very art of meditation is a drawing inwards and the finer, the more delicate, the subtler this in drawing becomes, and the closer it is to this central point of consciousness. But from the point of view of philosophy, meditation and its experiences are not the ultimate goal--although they may help in preparing one for that goal. In that goal there is no kind of center to be felt nor any circumference either--one is without being localized anywhere with reference to the body, one is both in the body and in the Overself. There is then no contradiction between the two.
The Notebooks of Paul Brunton (#25670)
A beginner's mind conversation with Anthony's astrology --
We'll explore ways of entering into Anthony's astrology as a mandala that intimates where and how to look for one's soul.
Starting out Monday, January 12, 7:30 pm at Wisdom's Goldenrod library. We are planning to meet weekly.
Please join us if you're interested in exploring this topic.
The following is a portion of the "Invocatory Prelude" of Astronoesis by Anthony Damiani. We feel that all of Anthony's wisdom and understanding can be found in the Invocation, albiet in a very condensed form. Please note that if you would like to hear Anthony speak this invocation, you can find a recording of it on our file download section in our "Members only" section of the website.
The sublime majesty of Truth’s presence in the sacred sermons of so many wise ones, those of good will, ultimately guides us to the ways of peace and wisdom, lovely, the holy. And so our troubled hearts are reassured, and we can read and reread about God’s word in many scriptures.
That the universe has a structure, a flowing one, is a modern scientific `fact'. And that there is `something' that flows may be included in that notion. Consequently the reality that we live in, and that we are — thinking, feeling, willing — and all that perception reveals, is also part of that whole. We are of that very substance which includes all possible arrangements of itself — even denial. This cosmic order is equivalent to what the ancients called Intellect; and further, we as its offspring, are directly related to it, as the warp and woof of our very being . . . physical, emotional, mental .. .
2015 will be an important year in the archiving of Anthony Damiani’s materials. He left us a treasure trove of gifts and we wish to share with you a sampling of those gifts, in some way, the crown jewels, his hand drawn diagrams, presented here on our website for the first time.
It is our honor to be able to present to you a paper that Michael Wakoff delivered to the Prometheus Trust Conference on July 5, 2014: "If It Was What It Speaks": the Human Soul's Attainment of Self-Knowledge according to Plotinus.