Borrowed Light, a performance by the Tero Saarinen Company photograph by Dee Conway
...is an annual, international peer-reviewed journal of contemporary writing focused on inquiry into non-dualistic, integral awareness.
In fire there lies hid the purest Salt, and in Salt a most efficacious fire.
- Johann Rudolph Glauber
Rather than apprehend our divisive natures as threatening dualities where one side must vanquish the other, we see them as necessary polarities, each side reflecting half a unity. In this vibrant dissonance, one side suffering the absence of the other, something unique occurs, without which the result is almost always conformist.
We believe the integrated human supersedes the tensions of duality through creativity—like the action of leaven onto flour and water to raise bread. This energized perception is at once our own expression as it is a conduit for something greater than us. As the German cultural philosopher Jean Gebser suggested, this simultaneous activity of listening and response is an articulation of integral consciousness: an active poetic locus that leaps through the paradox—striking the cord stretched between participation in, and awareness of, what we may call ‘the ever-present.’
We can learn to hear what is being spoken by synchronizing the inner tone of our personal sensations with the outer tone of living events so that things become known through their consonance, their sounding together. Here in this co-creative, relational contemplation of experience, in the words of Goethe, 'questions solve themselves with inexhaustible liveliness through true human knowing.’
Diaphany seeks work that is both scholarly and creative that reflects timeless, diaphanous insight into the particulars of life. For, it is at this point where tension becomes attention, intertwining at once the observed and the self, thought and sense, and the symbolic and semiotic to reach beyond the temporal context. In Dante's words, 'I saw the scattered leaves of all the universe as one single flame.'