March 12th, 2019

Ants, Dali, Reincarnation

I don't know where the ants came from. Perhaps they stowed away in a plant pot. I knew there were a few of them living on the dining room table because I found that one swimming in my orange juice the other day, but it turns out there was a small colony. We handed my mother her prunes yesterday morning and the dish was full of them. It was like a scene from Un Chien Andalou. I assume Dali found ants creepy, but I don't. I think they're brilliant.

All the same we don't want them in the house- so we moved them out, carefully. I do my best not to hurt insects.

Talking about Dali, I discovered the other day that he believed in reincarnation- and not only that, said he could remember a former life as the Carmelite mystic, St John of the Cross.

The information came in a little book about reincarnation by the once famous occultist Sybil Leek- in which she identifies a long list of well-known people as believers. Some- like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Dali- are hardly surprising, but others are. British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, for instance- who held to a reductive and legalistic doctrine of karma- and the industrialist Henry Ford.

Anyway here's what Dali had to say (in an interview with the New York Herald Tribune in 1960). "I can remember vividly my life as St John, of experiencing divine union, of undergoing the dark night of the soul of which he writes with such feeling. I can remember the monastery and I can remember many of St John's fellow monks...."