The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwart, a book which was published in German in two parts around and The central . Our purpose here is to become acquainted with Jean Gebser’s seminal work, The Ever- Present Origin [1]. To this end, it would be helpful at the onset to gain a. The Ever-Present Origin. Part One I manifest between origin and the present, and active in origin and the present.

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The demand for this massive volume has been such that a second printing was done in Eileen Marder-Mirman rated it it was amazing May 07, Annual conferences dedicated to his work are held at Ohio University under oritin auspices of the International Jean Gebser Society. Fred Cameron rated it liked it May 26, The human being was totally immersed in the world unable to extricate himself or herself from that world.

Gebser symbolizes the “two-dimensional” mythical structure by the circle and cyclical time, veer-present on man’s discovery of the rhythmic recurrence of irigin events and of his inner reflections on his experience of those events.

The aperspective integral epoch is not an ontology, a theory of being or existence of the mental structure, but etiology anatomy, diagnosis. Transparency points to how it is that the one is “given-through” and always “along-with” the other.

But Gebser says that it is a task that we cannot choose to ignore without losing ourselves. Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is replaced with instrumental reason, the ability “to make”.

Series The Ever-Present Origin

It also resembles Asian religious philosophical terms and views, such as Rigpa in Dzogchenand Ramana Maharshi ‘s view on awareness as the sole reality underlying the ego-structure or “I-thought. The deficient form of the mental structure Gebser called the ‘rational’ structure. After the first blizzard of an early winter, a Mennonite odigin girl with a troubled past appears curled up and bloodied outside the offce of her childhood psychiatrist.


World War II erupted with a vengeance, so Gebser, who saw in war the ultimate absurdity of which humans are capable, decided to leave France. He was a man of extraordinary vision who did not allow himself to be seduced by his learning, but intrepidly pushed beyond the boundaries of accepted iean.

Here Gebser looked back into our human past, identifying and clarifying for us other similar fundamental mutations of consciousness.

In he made his permanent home in Switzerland where he became a citizen in Gebser thus anticipated the jewn notion behind the so-called Aquarian conspiracy.

And it was written over 50 years ago. Refresh and try again. These jumps or transformations involve structural changes in both mind and body.

Gebser symbolizes it with the “triangle”, which illustrates a “trinity” of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis: Gebser’s integral philosophy is evaluated and applied to New Age thinking about a nascent shift in consciousness in the bookThe Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck.

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Jean Gebser

Symbols and statues do not just represent those events, objects and persons, but are those same objects and persons. In his Self and Society: Gebser’s unabashedly hte orientation, which is unique in European philosophy, has confounded and annoyed his peers, especially those anxious to uphold the neutral rationalist standards of academia.


Foundations of the Aperspectival World: Gad rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Furthermore, he knew that thought was never simply a mental exercise restricted to one’s writing. In a world where know-how is overvalued, simple knowing must also be nurtured.

That various beings in the present are crystallized from the past, and which also extend into the future.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jun 28, Sabrina rated it it was amazing. This is one of the 3 books you grab on your way out of your burning house.

Opening remarks

That to live “objectively” means to give life to the horrors of nihilism combined with the know how of highly “efficient” evrr-present. The mythical is imaginative and often involves seeing through complementary polarities darkness and light, good and evil.

Today a fifth mode or style of cognition, the a rational structure, has become a possibility that, as Gebser never tired of insisting, requires our conscious midwifery through personal and collective self-transcending practice. In a nutshell, what Gebser succeeded in demonstrating through painstaking documentation and analysis was this: The unfolding of awareness is, by contrast, an opening-up.

Paperback Retail price: For this hangout, we will be focusing on Chapter 5: Gebser saw traces of the emergence which he called “efficiency” and collapse “deficiency” of various structures of consciousness throughout history.

Gebser details five structures of consciousness: As I read it, an understanding ever-presentt