Rick Moody passes along this excerpt and I as read it I was touched by the thrill of recognition. It was written by Peter Kingsley. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on ancient philosophy, including Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic, In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Reality, and A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World. He has written extensively on the pre-Socratic philosophers Parmenides and Empedoclesand the world they lived in. Kingsley has noted in public interviews that he is sometimes misunderstood as a scholar who gradually moved away from academic objectivity to a personal involvement with his subject matter. However, Kingsley himself has stated that he is, and always has been, a mystic, and that his spiritual experience stands in the background of his entire career, not just his most recent work.
THE VOICE OF YOUR OWN LONGING
“What’s extraordinary is that the crucial thing we need for
breaking free is already inside us: our longing. And the voice
of our longing is repetition, insistently calling out to what’s
beyond anything we’re familiar with or even understand…
As you start being drawn behind appearances you begin to
touch the bare bones of existence, to discover another reality
behind the scenes. And you can never take anything at face value
You start to see the underlying principles behind events,
the basic patterns that keep repeating themselves time after
time; and the repetition begins to show itself in everything.
Instead of appearances being an obstacle, they help you on your
journey. And everything starts speaking with the voice of your
IN THE DARK PLACES OF WISDOM
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In The Dark Places Of Wisdom
A set of ancient inscriptions on marble found forty years ago in southern Italy, recording details so bewildering that scholars have kept silent about them …
Strange evidence about a tradition of people who were mystics but who were so intensely practical that, two and a half thousand years ago, they shaped our existence and the world we live in. And yet they did this with a purpose we’ve completely forgotten …
These are just two ingredients of this extraordinary book, which uncovers an astonishing reality that lies unsuspected right at the origins of the western world. Our dramatic failure to acknowledge or come to grips with that reality is what has been responsible for so much of the emptiness—of the sense of something missing—in our modern lives.
In the Dark Places of Wisdom is no work of fiction. The documents, the discoveries, the people that it describes are all as real as we are. But the story it has to tell is far stranger than any fiction, because this is the story of ourselves.