Just to be clear on this, when someone tells me that they don’t believe in Father Christmas what they are actually saying is that they don’t believe that there is a single person called Father Christmas. This is akin to saying that one doesn’t believe in money, or liberal democracy, or Christ, because they are all just concepts. They may not be real in the physical sense but they most certainly exist. They exist because people invest belief in them. So much so that in the case of Santa (and Christ for that matter) people will dress up in a manor that manifests the archetype in physical reality. But this is just a canvas, archeplasm onto which one can project our own inner Santa Claus, with greater or lesser success
So thank you, Father Christmas may not be real but he does exist.
Now please stop trying to convince me otherwise.
The greatest value I have found in knowing about the existence of Archeplasm is in the knowledge that all things generally have a potential beyond my initial observation. Beyond that there is little functional worth in defining Archeplasm any further so this shall be the last post on this specific subject (unless there is something I haven’t seen yet).
Archeplasticity as a term is valuable for identifying the ways in which a thing might have more potential, especially when it comes to absorbing and distributing symbolic meaning. I did consider a lengthy explanation of this but decided instead on a selection of images.
Remember: The degree to which something is Archeplastic is the degree to which one can perceive it as having other functions and/or a capacity to absorb and distribute meaning beyond what you might consider to be it’s primary purpose or nature. Which came first, the drain or the man. The question is: coincidence or design? (there is another connection with this image here too… )
Of course you can make a candle out of a tangerine!
Even a five year old can see the aeroplane in spoons and lolly sticks.
Sussex Food and Wine
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Lets get this straight, Archeplasm is everywhere. Being a neutrally charged mythoetheric substance it’s presence in the Universe is bound by operators’ perceptions of it and their capacity to perceive the Archeverse that comes into being through it.
What does that mean?
To start with it means that when it is perceived it exists but when you try to look at it directly it disappears. Whether or not Archeplasm exists prior to it being perceived is a difficult question to answer, as is the question of whether it existed prior to it being discovered in the first place. As Archeplasm is raw potential one might conclude that it did, and for the sake of this philosophical enquiry we shall assume that that was indeed the case.
Because Archeplasm is raw potential it can never be observed directly in the universe, this is because as soon as we observe a thing we perceive it’s limitations, and though perceiving it’s limitations it looses it’s capacity to potentially be anything else. Only once one perceives the metanormality does one begin to glimpse the Archeplasm that it is, that it has come from, that it might become and that holds it all in place.
Because it is impossible to directly percieve it, other than through the imagination, Archeplasm is what is known as a mythoetheric substance. As such, the imagination is where we find it, from here we can experience it’s effects and attempt to explore or embody the fundamental principles of it’s nature, and in doing so broaden our comprehension of the universe. Which is no bad thing.
So how does this help improve your sense of wellbeing?
Well look, I never said anything about it improving your wellbeing did I? It might do, it might not. If you feel better thinking about it then I guess you have increased you sense of wellbeing. After all, it has that potential.
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An Archetype is a consistently recurring pattern. An archetype can be culturally specific or universal. Both the universal and the culturally defined types, while sharing enough common features to make them recognisable as consistently recurring patterns are fluidic enough to allow variants of meaning and value to the individual perceiving them.
Archeplasm is the medium that supports the manifestation of Archetypes, either singularly or as a functional melding of many. Specifically, Woman is archeplasmic in that woman contains the potential to be a mother. Man is archeplasmic in that he contains the potential to be a father.
Archeplasticity is the capacity of a person or a thing to act in an Archeplastic way, which is – to have the qualities of Archeplasm: The potential to manifest archetypes.
The greater a person or a things archeplasticity the greater their potential to become (or to appear to become) different; the greater their potential to mean different things.
Here is an example:
image courtesy of Christine McConnell
Domestic Goddess who makes Sinister Sweets
In real terms then, our ability to behave like Archeplasm enables us to be what we need to be, or what we want to be instead of trying to be what we think we should be, or might be. the more Archeplastic we are the more we enable Archetypes to emerge through us do so without resistance.
Whether or not this is a good thing, I shall let you decide.
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