• The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
Word Origin & History

New Latin libidin-, libido, from Latin, desire, lust, from libēre to please — more at love


"psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct,".... ; from L. libido "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," ultimately cognate with O.E. lufu (see love).

  • of or pertaining to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
  • Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
  • outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
  • of or pertaining to some apparently nonphysical force or agency: psychic research; psychic phenomena.
  • sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.



Since, by definition, mystical knowledge cannot be directly written down or spoken of (but must be experienced), numerous literary forms that allude to such knowledge - often with contradictions or even jokes - have developed, for example:

  • Aphorisms and poetry include artistic efforts to crystallize some particular description or aspect of the mystical experience in words.
  • Zen koans, riddles, and metaphysical contradictions are intentionally irresolvable tasks or lines of thought, designed to direct one away from intellectualism and effort towards direct experience.
  • Parables and metaphor include stories that have a deeper meaning to them




I met Kurt in 1986 during a telephone call. I was introduced to him by Andrew Wood.  Kurt and I continued to talk on the telephone until the week he died in 1994.  I started a blog to journal my memories of our shared conversations. 

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