It's true a literal turn for those theological representations of soul image or images (what are image representations in nonlocality having no physical properties, taking up no material space) is bound to occur historically and did occur historically literalized and forever more the folly is remembered in the symbol, 21 grams.
Interestingly, there is a new twist, a poetizing one adding weight to the value of soul-tending the body of images that inform one's anatomy of that personifiying notion "soul-making", what Jung called individuation. It begins with an awareness I first caught reading Thomas Moore's "The Essential James Hillman: A Blue Fire", a compilation of key ideas from the writings of James Hillman edited by Moore. The idea appears under the subtitled section, "Polytheism". It states that a fantasy image already governs and guides our view of soul-making, that thing we call "the individuation process". Hillman was always fond of saying "stick to the image" itself and not anything that can be said about the image that presents itself. Tend the image itself. Feel the weight, the gravity inward. Take seriously what image grabs hold of you here in your own deep life as it pulls you toward the discovery of what life is waiting for you here. That life knew you well before you ever had a material face.
My fav tweet on twitter for the month of October, 2014 comes from Thomas Moore.
You get more from your spiritual practice when you take life seriously and feel the weight of your individuality. — Thomas Moore (@thomasmooreSoul) October 29, 2014
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