The life philosophy model I have been developing for the past twelve years is bimodal. Over these many years, I have focused on two phenomena, a sudden "divine glance" whereby I received an intuition on the Feast Day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and a sudden "divine glance" whereby I received an intuition about St. Joan of Arc through the writings of St. Thérèse. This bimodal experience transformed my life into a mission of inquiry into the meaning of these phenomena. Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc together represent a spiritual speciation of a more encompassing genus of French Spirituality. Thus, these phenomena transformed my life into their French spirituality through a search for meaning.
My efforts in recent years have been around modeling the experience, the idea being that the awareness of Joan and Thérèse in my life is a supernatural reality, the step-by-step search for meaning being what we call spirituality. The challenge to model phenomena began. The grace to accomplish this came through the philosophy of Edith Stein. As I integrated Stein into my work, it became clear that she was the only philosopher who could close the system and give me relief in my search.
Through Edith Stein I came to define the bimodal "divine glances" to be what her mentor Edmund Husserl called "primordial dator" which is the "principle of all principles." Through those principles came the speciation of the model through intuition of essential essence (Husserl) with the model developed in a "step-by-step" fashion (Stein).
The capstone for me, though, has been the one principle I added on my own that gave the model its final presentation and life - syntax. I added syntax after experiencing the most serendipitous (seemingly) encounter with the culture and music of Brittany, France. That experience brought to light the principle of syntax which demonstrated how the model was "ordered" to be a complete presentation of the meaning of my earlier experiences. Syntax represents the “appearance of that which appears” that orders our search for meaning to a certain musical rhythm and mathematical beauty.
That musical rhythm and mathematical beauty, reflects a divine order and embodied necessity that is La France Mystique.
Syntax is the guiding spirit that binds this model together as La France Mystique. It is the embodied lifeblood. The process of surrendering to immutable truth and the various forms comprising truth, is to seek the proper understanding of words, along with their appropriate order. The 'effective' placement of a word creates an 'affective' ideation of structure in our minds. Through language and subjective experience, truth masters us, rather than us mastering truth (Stein). Syntax is the order that opens for us the pathway whereby we are mastered. "There is something over there. What is it?" (Stein) defines our spiritual journey issuing forth from that pathway, running through the rivers, meadows, and hills of the spiritual landscape.
French language, culture, and history obviously play an important role in both the epistemology and ontology of the underlying model. They are, in fact, the signs of syntax that order the rest of the thought processes. Mere lifeless ideology turns into personalized and humanized ideation in the French context through the combined hearts of Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux. The Jehannian and Thérèsian French elements reveal the spirit whereby it all comes alive, and, as the living spirit, it must therefore be called the syntax.
French language and culture play an even more specific role in the life of the model. They draw us closer to La France Mystique as we study French, engage in French culture, reflect on their meaning, model their essence, and empathically experience their own syntax as manifested through others.
It is not as important to understand French language or to be familiar with French culture as it is to love them both. The latter will drive you to put forth effort in the former. The former naturally will evolve from the latter.
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