This article describes how early philosophers developed a powerful science to explain and describe personal inner powers or other metaphysical forces.
The actual power of the Arts has been severely weakened as it has become entertainment or the vehicle for a message rather than the instrument for transformation.
How can one possibly control one’s life when besieged with so many external controlling forces? One has to conform to bosses, neighbors, family as well as all of the body’s demands such as hormones and other inner chemical and neural forces which certainly attempt to dominate. The largest controlling force is when aging of the body and mind start to take over and not only limits activities but also raises strong doubts about what one can do in life.
Robert Peck writes how the power of the god Dionysus is symbolized by the power of wine or that power which can overpower the socially conditioned brain. The intoxicating power of wine was an excellent model for the universally described inner transformational fluid or elixir called by such names as ambrosia, amrita, soma or hormones.