Following the quantum physic logic, these states change randomly but in a typical cycle are randomly distributed within the 50% - 50% ration. This greatly puzzled our ancestors and Chinese, for example, while researching this phenomenon have created Calendars mapping all sorts of “Heavenly” influences on Human Behavior.
Building their wisdom system, using both Intuitive Thought (meditation) as an expression of Yin predominant states of Being and Reason as an expression of Yang predominant states of Being, they have created the most amazing Calendars that listen to the heart-beat of Universe and elements (within their system they are 5 in number). They have designed a diet whereby each item of food is related to the state of health called Macrobiotics; or within the relationship world the exchange of female and male energy is referred to as Tao of Love, and their ancient Confucius thought gave their children a strong drive for goodness....
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I liked this well enough, but there's a reason I've not read it until now. Something to do with never get too close to your (literary or otherwise) heros...
The interesting parts are about the inner workings of his writing. I'd have rated it much higher if it was just that. I do wish a psychiatrist or other professional would've been included in this book. It's one thing to look at the literary part of DFW's life, but this crossed so far into mental illness, because it had to, that I would've appreciated little things like not using the word "manic" in a colloquial way for a person who is clinically depressed. More than that, I'd have appreciated seeing everything discussed through a good professionally-adept lens.
I was sold on the literary theory b/c I don't know much about literary theory. I was not sold much at all on the psychological guesswork included as fact.
Despite that, this is a carefully and exhaustively researched book though, and I did appreciate the lack of judgment and straight reporting on facts, or as he notes in the afterward, the closest he could get to the facts as he understood them.
Applying the Alchemy of Love wisdom within the sphere of spiritual Growth we acknowledge that yin and yang forces within Gaia play an important role of how we “tap” into humanity’s for 1,000s of years executed patterns, do we do it with a “positive” charge or with a “negative” one.
Listening to our resonating souls we can either enter a spiral of negativity, medically called “depression” or enter into a contact with elements allowing Poetry, the Ocean or Gaia to heal us.