SHENJIVA
A Journal of Inner Work and Therapeutic Arts
Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality
Richard Dagan
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spiritus — breath, spirit, vital principle, vigor, agency
numinous • daimonic • preternatural

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harbinger

The Be(e)

the be(e)

The complex figure suspended in the void is both static and psychoactive. The head floats freely in the head-space of a bee, the body and wings of which integrate with the human form whose fingers sensitively monitor liquid flows of vital essence, honey perhaps, solidified beneath his feet, delimiting his path.

This piece was created during a time of intense crisis and remained preternatural for several weeks, moving and communicating whenever I engaged it.

The Daimon

the daimon

a depiction of the daimon (Gk.) or genius (L)
referring to the divine inborn nature presenting
here in a horse showing multiple orientations united
at center where soul or host personality is seen

Catharsis

Catharsis

Time has stopped
connections dropped
dilating, a receptive cone
expanding inward — alone
no need to rush, no row to hoe
for that which seemed to just before
is not of matter anymore.
And falls away my old attachment,
decathected, laid to rest,
a willing abnegation, yes,
but also loss, a meaning less,
a sense of failure and regret,
persona death, inflated breast
which gentle ursus claws to bone
and calls to Hekate Chthonia
for reconstruction and rebirth.
Catharsis is complete
when rises deep from silence vast
an inner force of lilith cast
sublimity renewing
seeing hearing doing
time again engaged
and this time, better played.

catharsis
1803, from Latinized form of Gk. katharsis "purging, cleansing," from kathairein "to purify, purge," from katharos "pure, clear of dirt, clean, spotless; open, free; clear of shame or guilt; purified," with most of the extended senses now found in Modern English clear, clean, pure, of unknown origin. Originally medical in English; of emotions from 1872; psychotherapy sense first recorded 1909, in Brill's translation of Freud.

katharós [catharus]
(a primitive word) – properly, "without admixture" (BAGD); what is separated (purged), hence "clean" (pure) because unmixed (without undesirable elements); (figuratively) spiritually clean because purged (purified by God), i.e. free from the contaminating (soiling) influences of sin.

Mila, the Optimist

Mila, the Optimist

Be kind, writes Plato, for everyone you meet is
fighting a hard battle. Sunday, pierced and bloodied,
weary, forlorn of hope, failed in so many ways,
bone cold, too numbed to speak i cast it all aside
to paint. I had begun a numinous piece two
days before and thought i would work on that some more
but instead, a wondrous being took her place, took shape
on my canvas, pulling me from wretched spit
to ethereal light. Today she said her name.

The Transformation

the transformation

Callisto

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Kallisto

Beautiful nymph companion of Artemis vows to remain a virgin,
hunt in the mountains, shun the company of men, but Zeus finds
her desirable and falls in love, sleeps with her disguised as Artemis
(some say Apollo, brother of Artemis), and then, pregnant, Kallisto is
changed into a bear (here the tale takes different paths) by Zeus, who
wants to hide his love and save her from his wife Hera's jealous rage; by
Hera, who angrily transforms Kallisto, then persuades Artemis to slay her;
or by Artemis, who, observing the signs of pregnancy when Kallisto disrobes
to bathe with the other nymphs, seeks to punish her for the loss of virginity.1

Medicine Bear

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medicine bear

1974 age 24 just yesterday and a lifetime ago a drop about 200µg of clinically pure lsd on a quarter inch square of notebook paper secreted from a lab studying the effects — dissolved on the tongue too late now said my friend some tension some dread i should go i inferred yes you should my friend said north vancouver island a cold winter night long drifts and piled snow all around crunches sharply beneath my feet the road recently plowed walking in moonlit darkness alone unknown lonely frightened confused when the dog emerges from the void a guide and guardian she reassures me leads me forward deeper into darkness speaks with every dog who challenges our passage silencing each in turn she is several paces ahead of me when [ scene changes instantly ] off to the right in autumn forest i encounter (the numinous:) two wrestling bears near great bear woman floating in mid air and deep inside me she says we want you to be a healer — (this hierophany:) an unequivocal calling the implications of which i did not comprehend just then [ scene ends ] back on the road the dog and i come to a frozen lake where i rest for a spell while she scouts the perimeter and partway home much later she nuzzles me goodbye i say thank you my friend and she turns returns to the night

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the buck

spirito primitivo
o mighty buck
i draw you
call your name
to run as one
o mighty buck
to feel your
thundering heart
your fierce vitality
impassioned free
driving out
conflicting thought
to absolute simplicity
o mighty buck
i let them go
extinguish predilections so
running seeing
open lo
becoming
spiritus mundi
o mighty buck

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