The Society of Sentience has just posted video of a December 17, 2017 lecture by Carl Abrahamsson, “Occulture: The Magic of Dreams Made Real,” for paid viewing. The website’s description states:
“In our contemporary culture the dream sphere has been moved to a mystical and stigmatised corner. A sphere which we usually try to understand by simplified interpretation models and a superstitious rationality. But there’s no escaping the fact that we sleep and thereby dream approximately one third of our lives. That’s a lot of time and a lot of energy spent on something that is generally regarded as something passive and irrational. We can easily see how our two waking thirds are very adapted for survival. We deal with what needs to be done to provide nutrition, protection and shelter and we work together with greater or smaller collectives to create a solid base for survival. Is it then unlikely that the sleeping and thereby dreaming third is also a part of this survival strategy? Of course not. In fact, this could be the most important third of them all.
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The site also includes info about upcoming lectures by Abrahamsson:
“Art, magic, and the occult have been intimately linked since our prehistoric ancestors
created the first cave paintings some 50,000 years ago. As civilizations developed,
these esoteric forces continued to drive culture forward, both visibly and behind the
scenes, from the Hermetic ideas of the Renaissance, to the ethereal worlds of 19th
century Symbolism, to the occult interests of the Surrealists.
“In this lecture series exploring “occulture” – the liminal space where art and magic meet
– I reveal the integral role played by magic and occultism in the development of culture
throughout history as well as their relevance to the continuing survival of art and creativity. Blending magical history and esoteric philosophy, I look at the phenomena and people
who have been seminal in modern esoteric developments.”
– Carl Abrahamsson
View this first lecture here (being prepared to pay for it) https://vimeo.com/ondemand/magicofdreams.