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Atavisms

In some of my "Tempted" pages I allude to the concept of atavism. An artist whose art and writings explored atavisms was Austin Osman Spare. Here's a Web site that gives an introduction to his work:

http://www.forteantimes.com/articles/144_spare.shtml

According to the Austin Spare site, "A firm believer in reincarnation, Spare felt that each person's past lives, in a variety of human and animal forms, were retained in the subconscious. This could be tapped into, allowing one to observe and communicate with
the many embodiments of the self that dwelt there. . . . 'Know the subconsciousness to be an epitome of all experience and wisdom, past
incarnations as men, animals, birds, vegetable life, etc., etc., everything that exists, has and ever will exist.' "

What atavistic urges and feelings do you feel within you? How can we access these potentials within ourselves?