WeaveWorld Clive Barker
‘What a book!’
So many references to Rama… It captures, quite simply, the notion of multiple dimensions and our ability to traverse the dimensions.
“Whatever can be imagined is not lost!”
We create our world around us by our minds…
Amazed that this was categorized as horror… Reading the book was not so scary, it gave me strength.
How one interprets the book is based on their consciousness, I know the first time I read it, I was petrified, because those other worlds were so familiar to me, but I didn’t realize that I was the one in control of them… that I had the strength, like Susana and Cal, to create them.
How the characters of the protagonists changed throughout the book:
Cal – went back and of forth – forgot the weave. Fell back into his life, a very dull life, but there was something nagging.
Susana – related to Mimi as her grandmother, but she never got to pass on the full understanding that she had and Susana had to piece it together. She remembered her role, but laid low until it was time to act again.
A lot of references to forgetfulness, fogginess and fog. But the dreams were where the worlds crossed.
Sometimes we miss the messages in the world, because we aren’t mindful. Life is guiding us all the time.
Holbart – A guy with good intentions that gets turned to the dark, and then used and destroyed. Never re-claimed his free will, but there were inklings at the end that he knew his predicament. And there was some sense of compassion from Susana for their shared journey into the fairytale world, even though he had fallen to the dark. A tragic character.
Shadwell – Got his power from Immocalata, gained his own power, then turned on her. Remained a dark character throughout.
Immacolata – she showed her Susana the loom, by her presence there. It was the jacket she created and gave to Shadwell that was the undoing of all. She became powerless over time, in spite of her incredible power and dark tendencies at the beginning. She went through a huge transition, and became another tragic character – pathetic but even supportive of Susana at the end.
Scourge “Uriel” – he didn’t care what he called himself. He was searching to know himself, and to understand who he was. (I don’t think that Uriel was a good choice for Barker as the name of this character, as he doesn’t represent the archangel Uriel, in my opinion, but I believe he chose it because he was the original gatekeeper/guardian to the Garden of Eden, and thus fit with the story of a fallen angel who guarded the ‘eden’ of the weave.)
The book of fairytales played an important role. Ultimately, it was the power of the word that both created the weaveworld as well as stored (the book) the world until it could manifest again. A great reminder that we create with our words.
God in undifferentiated form has nothing to reflect experience – In the beginning was the Word – the beginning of separativity and ‘creation’ or dimensionality.
Words, created with two people allow experience to reflect
When Mimi was dying, she transmitted images to Susana by holding her hand
Rama got his PhD in English, so he could express himself, eloquently. He wove his thoughts together in patterns and structures so we could understand more than just the words he conveyed.