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Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air.

Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air. – book reviews

Peter Warshall

Sensitive Chaos (The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water & Air) Theodor Schwenk. 1990; 232 pp. ISBN 0-85440-304-3 $29.95 ($33.45 postpaid). Anthroposophic Press, RR 4, Box 94AI, Hudson, NY 12534; 518/851-2054

Flowing forms our heart, cyclones, rivers and birdflight, We flowed as embryos, and our bones still spiral and loop with the markings of past eddy currents. Here is spiritual guidance in the greatest book of Jungian-Taoist fluid history. –Peter Warshsall

* Trains of vortices arise if a solid object is drawn in a straight line through stationary liquid.

In the open sea mighty vortices can arise in which the whole dynamic force of the suction centre becomes visible.

A photograph of a vortex taken underwater reveals the spiralling surface between the water and the air which is being sucked in.

* The activity of thinking is essentially an expression Of flowing movement. Only when thinking dwells on a particular content, a particular form, does it order itself accordingly and create an idea. Every idea — like every organic form — arises in a process of flow, until the movement congeals into a form. Therefore we speak of a capacity to think fluently when someone is skilfully able to carry out this creation of form in thought, harmoniously co-ordinating the stream of thoughts and progressing from one idea to another without digression — without creating “whirlpools.”

* In a stream: The wave form remains at the same spot with new water constantly flowing through it.

In the sea: The wave form wanders across the surface, the water itself remaining at the same place.

Through wave movements, of whatever kind, water reveals its extremely impressionable nature. A stone in the stream, a gentle breeze blowing over the surface of a lake, the slightest thing will cause the water to respond immediately with a rhythmical movement. Two things are necessary for this rhythmical movement to come about: the water itself and some other activating force. Thus water is like a sense organ, which becomes “aware” of the smallest impacts and immediately brings the contrasting forces to a moving rhythmical balance.

* As the sounds of the external world enter, whole vortex trains pass through the fluid of the internal ear. In connection with this a sorting out of rhythms takes place, by which the long wave trains of the low frequency low notes reach the end of the basilar membrane, while the short, quick rhythms of the high notes fade away right at the start. On a minute scale and as an organic function, this is the counterpart to the great sorting out process of the different types of waves in the oceans of the earth.

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