Memory's Molten Stream
Temptation courtesy of Ian
is somewhere you would rest,
it is beside Memory's molten stream.
The lure, the temptation of locating
and resting beside William's molten stream of memory is as irresistible
as the call to drink from the water's of Castalia.
Just imagine walking into the part of
this subterranean mine where memory's molten stream gurgles and
dances its way to the sea.
While you lie resting, fingers draped
in these honeyed waters, call Mnemosyne, whose name is synonymous
with memory, to come from the realm of the collective unconscious
and restore your memory.
Mnemoysne is Alive
Mnemosyne: Digital Art courtesy of
The Greek poet and mythographer Hesiod
said that Mnemosyne was no minor deity, but one of the wisest of
the Titans, the offspring of Ouranos (heaven) and Gaia (earth).
It was her function to remind the soul of its higher estate and
noble powers of reason, proportion and harmony. She was not merely
the goddess of recalling the shadows of past events, but the patron
of recapturing our other modes of being; of remembering whence we
came, and where we may return.
Mnemosyne was a Titaness, a daughter
of the first generation of deities in Greece. Her parents were the
rulers Cronus and the goddess Gaia.
There are few stories about her even
though she is often mentioned by the ancient poets who recount her
awesome gifts to mankind.
The goddess Mnemosyne is sometimes credited
with being the first philosopher, her gift the power of reason.
She was given responsibility for the naming of all objects, and
by doing so gave humans the means to dialog and to converse with
each other. The powers to place things in memory an that of remembrance
were also attributed to this goddess.
The ancients believed that when one died
and crossed into the Underworld one would be given a choice . .
. whether to drink from the river Lethe where you would forget all
the pains and terrors of your previous life (and with them, the
lessons they brought), or whether to drink from the Mnemosyne, the
spring of memory.
Those who chose to forget had to be
reborn, to return to earth to learn the lessons they needed. Those
who had chosen to remember were admitted to the Elysian Fields where
they would spend eternity in comfort and peace. The esteem in which
the memory was held was made clear in the initiation rites of the
ancient gnostics, who were required to consult with an oracle.
Before being brought to the oracle, initiates
were taken to a place with two pools lying next to each other. They
were instructed to first drink from the pool of Lethe, the goddess
of forgetfulness, in order that they might forget their previous
lives. Then they were taken to the spring of Mnemosyne to drink
so that they would remember all that they were about to learn from
Once an important goddess in her own
right, Mnemosyne is largely remembered today in her capacity as
the mother of the Muses, the nine Greek goddesses whose role it
was to inspire poets and musicians and to promote the arts and sciences.
From the waters of Mnemosyne
Shall Remember by Edwina Peterson Cross
Tracks - A Collective Remembering
A Map of the Heart - William Michaelian
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