Tuesday, March 15, 2016
My friend Jeannine named her book of poems "Entelechy." This term is sometimes defined as "vital principle or soul." Do we each have a "guiding principle" within, which will guide us to our final expression?
Entelechy, (from Greek entelecheia), in philosophy, that which realizes or makes actual what is otherwise merely potential. The concept is intimately connected with Aristotle's distinction between matter and form, or the potential and the actual.
...the concept had occupied a central position in the metaphysics of Leibniz, and is closely related to his monadology in the sense that each sentient entity contains its own entire universe within it.
If each sentient being contains its own universe within, what about lesser “combinations” of being, such as human cells? Do each of these also contain a “universe within”? Modern biology asserts that cells “speak” to one another without the conscious mind’s awareness. Or flowers, trees, stars, sky, rain, and such? Earlier religions assumed that awareness or spirit was inherent in each of these. Does Kundalini contain a “universe within” connected to but yet distinct from the subject through whom it plays? Kundalini appears to have a consciousness of its own—one can speak to it, divert it, resonate with it—what is this consciousness and from whence does it come?
Again, the question arises---from whcnce does the creative product derive? How is it that Mozart conceived of entire symphonies in his mind before writing them down? How does a poem or work of art come into being instantaneously, as if it already existed in some similar form elsewhere and needed only the right conditions to take shape and form in “our” universe?
What is the “entelechy” of Kundalini? Is it not more than a few brief pleasurable flashes in the body? Does it not have a larger purpose and is that purpose the aim of evolution itself, transformation of the human species into the “next stage” of its existence?