Time Machine

Avi: Discover the time machine left under oil-cloth in the attic of a strange uncle or the back room of a museum of curiosities or inside the alien spacecraft which just crash landed outside your bedroom window. Where will you visit, and most importantly, what will you bring back with you?

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The Muses

Avi: Of all the gods and spirits honoured in Western antiquity, only the muses remain with us in everyday public discourse. Artists often say that their greatest work does not come from their own being, but from inspiration that is channeled through them. A muse is a personification of this phenomenon, the being who impregnates the … Continued

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Imaginal Threshold Crossing

Avi: Our experience of meaning is divided into zones or regions that we tend to perceive as distinct worlds. We speak casually about the world of hockey, a fandom universe, or the mindfulness scene. We are grounded in the “real world,” even as we may delight in other imaginatively entering various worlds of stories, dreams, and … Continued

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Imaginative Contemplation

Avi: By entering experientially into a pre-existing narrative, our imagination naturally embellishes beyond the source text – interior fan-fic if you will – showing us more than we consciously put into it. Tonight we’ll explore this technique using a text from a well-known fantasy novel as our seed story.

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The Rock Face

Avi: As we form our worldviews, more and more parts of our experience become ordered, automatically tiled over with convienient conceptual tags. Yet even the most comprehensive conceptual schema has its limits. What I call “the rock face” is the very edge of your constructed reality. It’s where sense meets non-sense, where the rational comingles with … Continued

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