The Soul; Transcendental Self, Death, Culture, and the Multiplicity of Self Object
By Sean (John) Hinton
My inclination is to write about death and how witnessing this life passage affects our sense of self, and how, since time immemorial, the world has formulated rituals and religious apologues in the face of death. Having just experienced the death of a very dear friend, death is in the forefront of my conscious thoughts these last few weeks. My son also came close to death, so I feel the specter of mortality a lot these days and the effect it has in my own psyche. I will use a heuristic (personal) view of my immersion, meditations, and illumination on the events of these last few months to put forth a view of our self as mortal, and how death can, and does, inform both our construct of self , peoples self-object and more consciously a spiritual-self.
There is a Mayan stone carving of a man consulting with his death that I once saw pictured in a book about shamanism and religion in Meso America. This alchemical symbol of personal transformation through the consultation with one’s own death acknowledges the fact of our mortal existence which we face as living beings and represents in physical form the meanings such a confrontation offers as both life perspective and change agent. In facing our personal mortality as depicted