By Jeremy Naydler
• indicates how medical attention, which provides primacy to the feel of sight, estranged us from the participatory religious attention of antiquity
• Explores the very important value of the mind's eye in reconnecting us to the spirit international
The way forward for the traditional World sheds new mild at the evolution of realization from antiquity to trendy occasions. The twelve essays during this booklet research advancements in human cognizance over the last 5 thousand years that the majority historical past books don't contact. In precedent days, people have been finely attuned to the invisible global of the gods, spirits, and ancestors. this present day, against this, our sleek medical recognition regards what's bodily imperceptible as unreal. Our adventure of the flora and fauna has shifted from an expertise of the divine presence animating all issues to the mere clinical analyses of actual attributes, a deadened mode of know-how that depends upon our skill to think in simple terms in what we will see.
In those richly illustrated and wide-ranging essays that span the cultures of historical Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and the early Christian interval, Jeremy Naydler indicates how the realization that prevailed in precedent days may possibly motivate us towards a destiny within which we once more reconnect with invisible nation-states. If the heritage of realization bears witness to the lack of visionary and participatory know-how, it additionally indicates a brand new possibility--the hazard of constructing a loose and target dating to the spirit international. Naydler urges us not just to attract suggestion from the knowledge of the ancients yet to hold this knowledge ahead into the longer term in a renewed courting to the non secular that's in line with human freedom and responsibility.
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