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Here is Brunner on marriage among the Geistigen:

Two noble minds, receiving one from the other, entering into each other as to oneself, one in the other, rooted and remaining in the unutterable glory of the One—where that happens, it's much more than if each of them would partake in the Truth, the ambrosia of the mind: here, one human being partakes in another human being, giving him livelihood and stilling his hunger, and, liberated, they find their liberated life in a liberated world! Ah, that we all be there!
This is surely the alpha and the omega of the Gemeinschaft der Geistigen.

Kabbalah and feminism

Harry Waton concludes The Philosophy of the Kabbalah with a startling affirmation of feminism:

It was a man’s world, but it will become a woman’s world. And, after a stormy career, full of struggle and suffering, man will at last return to the woman, and in her and with her he will find peace, rest, joy and happiness.
What a satisfaction it is to see feminism integrated into the whole matrix of social/spiritual progress, indeed as its ultimate objective

Art work by Andrew A. Gonzales

Fractal architecture

Josean Figueroa (previously), has a new book entitled Wright - Klumb: Fractal Integral Architecture. My interest in intellectual life was reawakened when I found at a local library Benoit Mandelbrot’s The Fractal Geometry of Nature. This book initiated my quest to integrate mind, nature and science. Part of this quest involved delving into architecture, which led to a deep appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright. It is most satisfying to see this all coming together in Josean’s work.


Friedrich Schleiermacher provides much to help guide the Gemeinschaft der Geistigen. In On religion : speeches to its cultured despisers, he carefully differentiates between true religion and priestliness from the mere imitation thereof. Acknowledging that imitation dominates the culture, he provides advice for those who want to live authentically spiritual lives. He writes:

But what am I to say to those to whom you refuse the priestly robe because they have not gone through a definite course of science in a definite way ? Whither shall I direct them with the social bent of their religion not directed alone to the true church, but also outward to the world? Having no greater scene in which, in any striking way, they might appear, they may rest satisfied with the priestly service of their household gods. One family can be the most cultured element and the truest picture of the Universe. When quietly and securely all things work together, all the powers that animate the Infinite are thus operative; when all advances in quiet joyousness, the high World Spirit rules in it ; when the music of love accompanies all movements, the harmony of the spheres resounds, resounds in the smallest space. They may construct this sanctuary, order it and cherish it. In pious might they may set it up clearly and evidently; with love and spirit they may dispose it. By this means many will learn to contemplate the Universe in the small, obscure dwelling. It will be a Holy of Holies in which many will receive the consecration of religion. This priesthood was the first in the holy and infant world, and it will be the last when no other is any longer necessary.
Thus, in times when spirit is hounded from the world at large, each inspirited home can serve as an island sanctuary, a nucleus for growth and a point of connection within the global Gemeinschaft der Geistigen.

Geistigen und Volk

Human history is centered on the war between those who assert that man is spirit made flesh and those who oppose this view. The leaders of the first group are the great spiritual geniuses: Moses, Socrates, Christ and Spinoza. Men like Marx further their work. On the other side stand the masses who, under their scholarly leaders, deny the spiritual nature of man and of the world. The work of the Geistigen is to constitute themselves as a community for self-protection from the Volk. By separating the Geistigen from the Volk, détente will replace antagonism between the two groups. This in turn will allow the Volk to become ever more aligned with the Geistigen against the pseudo-elites of economics, politics, religion and scholarship, leading ultimately to the establishment of a true social/spiritual democracy.

C. Wright Mills

C. Wright Mills is a titan of social spirit, a true rarity in the American landscape of the twentieth century. He writes:

You've asked me, 'What might you be?' Now I answer you: 'I am a Wobbly.' I mean this spiritually and politically. In saying this I refer less to political orientation than to political ethos, and I take Wobbly to mean one thing: the opposite of bureaucrat. […] I am a Wobbly, personally, down deep, and for good. I am outside the whale, and I got that way through social isolation and self-help. But do you know what a Wobbly is? It's a kind of spiritual condition. Don't be afraid of the word, Tovarich. A Wobbly is not only a man who takes orders from himself. He's also a man who's often in the situation where there are no regulations to fall back upon that he hasn't made up himself. He doesn't like bosses –capitalistic or communistic – they are all the same to him. He wants to be, and he wants everyone else to be, his own boss at all times under all conditions and for any purposes they may want to follow up. This kind of spiritual condition, and only this, is Wobbly freedom.—C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings, p. 252

This is a beautiful manifesto of spiritual/social emancipation.

I thank my father, a life-long devotee of Mills, for bringing this great man to my attention.

Gemeinschaft der Geistigen—constitution
I have come up with a basic set of principles, components and activities for the Gemeinschaft der Geistigen:
  • Spirit is the recognition that reality is a continuum of thought
  • Socialism is the organization of human activity around spirit
  • The community consists of nodes and links
  • The normative node is the monogamous heterosexual marriage
  • Links between nodes are free-form, non-coercive and non-hierarchic
  • Security—stabilizing nodes in relation to general society
  • Recruitment—increasing the number of nodes
  • Development—growing the nodes spiritually/socially
I am using this constitution to guide my work with my group here in Edmonton.
The Nearings
Scott Nearing [1883-1983] and his wife Helen [1904-1995] were spiritual secessionists, pioneers of the back to the land movement. The Nearings devoted their lives to preparing a practical path toward the spiritualized life. Here is one key passage:
[T]he urgent human need is not greater freedom, but a crusade led by a dedicated minority to perform tasks that demand knowledge, training, experience and disciplined group action. Freedom is not enough. The power age is in desperate need not so much of free men and women as of disciplined, responsible, dedicated citizens.—Freedom : promise and menace; a critique on the cult of freedom
Can the essential principles of the Nearings’ quest for the good life be applied in an urban environment? What do we require to build a truly social economy? These are the questions that must be addressed in any attempt to establish a Gemeinschaft der Geistigen.