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Mission Statement

Pantarbe.com™ is an online resource for creative people of all backgrounds working in any media. Through links to various Internet sites and the content offered here, Pantarbe.com™ aims to enrich visitors and their creative works. This site's producer and editor is Benjamin A. Miller, who does web projects under the business name, BAM Works/Webcraft™. He began this site in 1999.

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Producer & Editor

Benjamin A Miller (often "Benandru" or "Benandi" online) has experiences in computer information systems, web site development, writing, editing, computer graphics, music, theater, sound engineering, communications, business, and the hobby of gaming. He has a B.A. in English (UW 1983), Certification in Computer Information Systems (NSCC 1990), and Certification in Fiction Writing (UW Extension, SF/F, 1994). He brings his various skills and knowledge together with Pantarbe.com™, which he produces through his small business, BAM Works/Webcraft™.

As BAM Works/Webcraft™, Benjamin is an independant, freelance contractor who provides web site design, development and maintenance services to small businesses, creative and educational enterprises, and individuals who desire a personal, handcrafted touch to their online needs.

By using cyberspace, Benjamin reaches around the globe, either expressing himself creatively or helping others fulfill their own dreams.

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Technical Note

More and more this site is scripted using XHTML (Transitional) and CSS (Cacading Style Sheets). This is an effort to bring the site more in compliance with WC3 standards, which are increasing being accepted worldwide. Most of the latest browsers can render these pages well. However, these pages are set up so earlier browsers with issues using CSS or text-only browsers like Lynx can still to present just the content.

Some other pages in this site were scripted using HTML and JavaScript. This was an earlier effort so weave DHTML capability into the pages. If your browser is Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 5.5 or above, or Netscape Navigator 6.0 or above, then -- providing you have your browser enabled for JavaScript -- the JavaScript will happen. Otherwise, only the HTML will be rendered by your browser. Benjamin has worked to ensure the base HTML renders the same in any graphical browser, and that the JavaScript functions the same in Internet Explorer 5.5+ and Netscape Navigator 6.0+.

Currently, as the only JavaScript effect being used are rollovers on the links (so for those who don't JavaScript, you're not missing much), these DHTML pages are also being reworked with the XTHML and CSS using hover to produce the same effects. If at some later time JavaScript is needed for some other purpose, it will be added later to those pages needing it.

A few of the oldest pages in the site are just HTML. Eventually they too will be upgraded to XHTML with CSS, or finally removed altogether.

For technical assistance or more information on this site, please use the Contact Page.

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Pantarbic Concepts

Pantarbe.com focuses on the concepts of art, myth and alchemy. By exploring these concepts this site would enrich those who visit. By providing links to online sources and pages of shared creative works and web board discussions, Pantarbe.com seeks to support and enhance one's relation with one's muse or inner, imaginative faculty.

Benjamin spent many hours reflecting on art, myth and alchemy, as well as related themes involving creativity, culture and just plain living. What evolved from his musings is a diagram he calls the "Pantarbic Cycle".

fig.1: the pantarbic cycle


Benjamin has found the Pantarbic Cycle a useful structure for organizing his research and Pantarbe.com™'s web site. Additionally, this diagram remains a helpful map when introspecting his own life and career as an creative person. He hopes you may find it so, also.

Here is a Benjamin's glossary of ideas behind this diagram and Pantarbe.com™...

 

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Mythos

The pattern of basic values and historical experiences of a people, characteristically transmitted through the creative arts as a collections of myths.

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Personal Mythos

The pattern of basic values and life experiences of an individual, which serves as a model or map for interacting with reality and its mysteries.

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The Muse

Within each person is a faculty I call the "muse". It is that aspect of a person which is in tune with his or her personal mythos and which brings it to his or her awareness through intuition, imagination and dreams. It is one's inner ability to create - the "artist within" which is one's source of inspiration.

The muse combines problem solving, decision making, everyday consciouness, dreams, memories, ideas, facts, talents, skills and feelings. It is one's intuition or "gut feeling" of whatever lies beyond one's awareness in one's environment. To some the muse embraces one's unconscious self - those aspects deep within, even one's soul or spirit. Empathetically, through archetypes in myths or dreams, the muse may provide insight into other people and our universe.


"...One day I realized suddenly that the seeing and the drawing had fused into one single undivided act. I called it seeing/drawing. It was a revelation, and it changed my life... Seeing/drawing is not something apart from my life, it is my way of being in total contact with life within and around me. Having discovered the artist-within me, I began to see the artist-within others, sometimes hidden within others, the human core of EveryOne. The artist-within does not just look at things and living beings, the artist-within has the capacity to see.

"The artist-within, the only authentic one, however repressed and distorted, is for real. The artist-within does not indulge in self-labeling; the artist-within has no pretensions..."

Frederick Frank
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action
copyright 1993 by Frederick Frank


"Our work is artful when we, like the potter at her wheel, are 'alive to the concreteness of a moment' and 'create out of the materials of the moment'. Being alive to the concreteness of the moment means being fully attentive to all that is happening in the present."

"The materials of the moment are more than the physical things in front of us - more than simply the clay, a report from a task force, a page of numbers, a set of charts, a machine, or ideas written on a white board. The materials of the moment include emotion and spirit. When we include them, we become who we truly are and bring all of ourselves to our work. We become centered and artful."

"All work concerns spirit and soul and involves our ability to connect them with surface realities."

"The artist does not normally take full responsibility for inspired work but honors it as a gift from the divine."

"We are 'on center' when our entire self is present in what we do, including our emotional self... In almost every office, conference room, and factory,in almost every organization, we have created a vast emotional undercurrent, a world of unexpressed, unaddressed feelings... We cannot overestimate the importance of this emotional undercurrent... Alongside the emotional undercurrent is a spiritual one. Its workings are every bit as profound and powerful as those related to the emotional undercurrent."

"Consistent and conscious use of the self suggest that we express the undercurrent and convert it into constructive energy...
"Consistent and conscious use of the self in work requires that we become intimate with our own interior world. That is, of course, a lifelong task... It means becoming more practiced at sensing our emotions, imagination, spirit and soul, our dreams, reflections, and reveries while at work, and using the energy they contain to move our work forward."
"Besides bringing our interior lives to work, consistent and conscious use of the self also requires encouraging those around us to give voice to their interior lives. This does not involve playing amateur psychologist. The point of encouraging others to give voice to their interior lives is not to fix people or to solve problems. The point is to bring the powerful energy of the interior life to the task at hand."
"Consistent and conscious use of the self within work also requires learning to utilize the energy of the interior world to move our work forward."
"Consistent and conscious use of the self means taking back our disowned feelings and spiritual longings. It means treating unpleasant emotions as clues that some kind of healing is occuring or is required. It means observing the manifestations of spirit and soul. It means listening and seeing what is being revealed to us by our interior lives. Finally, it means using the meaning we gain through observing these mysteries to create work and organizations where artfulness will thrive."

"Faith is belief in something that cannot be proven... Faith requires an artist to embrace a vision without knowing exactly how the vision will come alive."

"Exactly how a leader makes dreams come true is a mystery. The process is akin to art... Leaders are experts in conjuring faith - faith in them and faith in ourselves. Leaders trust their invisible guages and encourage us to trust our own. Leaders inflame our faith in their visions and awaken our faith in who we can be."

Dick Richards
Artful Work: Awakening Joy, Meaning,
and Commitment in the Workplace

copyright 1995 by Dick Richards


"One way of evoking your deeper wisdom and higher possibilities is to cultivate what we call the 'Inner Shaman'...

"The shaman's powers and ecstatic visions provided guidance and explanation to tribal peoples for natural events that wer otherwise unfathomable. The shaman was an artist in relation to the culture's guiding mythology, adept at guarding, transmitting, and transforming it. As myth-making has become more highly personalized, modern individuals are called upon to become skilled in developing such facility with their own personal mythologies. To cultivate the Inner Shaman is to develop within yourself the skills for becoming a thoughtful agent of your own evolving reality. Your Inner Shaman can be a guide to the hidden and unutterably rich landscape of your unconscious...

"The Inner Shaman has three essential responsibilities. The first is to maintain a conduit between the waking consciousness of 'Ordinary Reality' and the hidden reality of the 'Other Worlds...' The second responsibility of the Inner Shaman is to creatively and effectively bring new circumstances into accord with your guiding mythology... Third, your Inner Shaman guides the evolution of your existing mythology."

David Feinstein, Ph.D. and Stanley Krippnet, Ph.D.
Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self
copyright 1988 by Feinstein and Krippnet


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Muse Quest

The process of focusing on, and interacting with, one's mythos and/or one's muse. Benjamin will be developing resources and tools for muse quests. They will include techniques and information that involve creative processes and problem solving, that exercise one's intuition, imagination and dreams, and that focus on one's personal mythos. They are intended to strengthen one's inner muse for creative activities. More about these when and as they are released in the future.

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Myth

A story, real or fictional, that appeals to the consciousness of a people by embodying its cultural ideals and/or giving expression to deep, commonly felt emotions through mythogems. A story, real or fictional, that appeals to the consciousness of a people by embodying its cultural ideals and/or giving expression to deep, commonly felt emotions through mythogems.

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Personal Myth

A story, real of fictional, that appeals to the consciousness of an individual by embodying the individual's ideals and/or giving expression to deeply felt emotions through mythogems.

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Mythogem

A recurring theme, motif, symbol, or character type which is usually supernatural, ancestral and/or heroic and often patterned after achetypes.

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Archetype

An invisible, primal model, paradigm, metaphor or symbol within one's mind that remains unchanged over time and space, which represents aspects of one's self, controls how one experiences the world, and inspires similar patterns in the creative arts, literature, myth, legends, religion, and dreams.

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Mythic Images

A mythic image is an archetype or mythogem - an elemental pattern of a myth or mythos, cultural or personal - as expressed through the creative arts. While usually visual, or described by words, Mythic Images can also be evoked through other senses or media.


"Mythology helps you identify the mysteries of the energies pouring through you."

"Mythology is an organization of images metephoric of experience, action and fulfillment of the human spirit in the field of a given culture at a given time."

Diane K. Osbon, editor
Reflections on the Art of Living:
A Joseph Campbell Companion

copyright 1991 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation


"Jung has spent much time in studying myths, for he considers them to be fundamental expressions of human nature. When a myth is formed and expressed in words, consciousness, it is true, has shaped it, but the spirit of the myth - the creative urge it represents, the feelings it expresses and evokes, and even in large part its subject matter - come from the collective unconsious. Myths, it is true, often seem like attempts to explain natural events, such as sunrise and sunset, or the coming of spring with all its new life and fertility, but in Jung's view they are far more than this, they are expressions of how man experiences these things."

Frieda Fordham
An Introduction to Jung's Psychology
copyright 1953, 1959, 1966 by Frieda Fordham


"Myths, in the sense that we are using the term, are not legends or falsehoods. They are, rather, the models by which human beings code and organize their perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and actions. Your personal mythology is rooted in the very ground of your being, and it is also a reflection of the mythology held by the culture in which you live. We all create myths based on sources that are within us and sources which are external, and we live according to those myths...

"Through your personal mythology, you interpret the experience of your senses, give order to new information, find inspiration and direction, and orient yourself to powers in the universe that are beyond your understanding. Without your mythology, your experiences would be disjointed and chaotic. Myths, in this broadest sense, are not properly understood as being true or false, right or wrong. They are ways of organizing experience that may ultimately be judged as more or less effective for the well-being and performance of an individual or group."

David Feinstein, Ph.D. and Stanley Krippnet, Ph.D.
Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self
copyright 1988 by Feinstein and Krippnet


"One name for a paradigm unashamed of its a priori structure is myth. A myth is not something which is untrue but a shared cultural context for communication. As Claude Levi-Strauss, the anthropologist, has shown myths may vary in fanciful details while sharing a common structure or pattern which is one with the pattern of mind itself. Levi-Strauss holds that, 'What man says, language says and what language says is said by society...'"

"Myths are ways of teaching unobservable realities by way of observable symbols."

Charles Hampden-Turner
Maps of The Mind: Charts and Concepts
of the Mind and Its Labyrinths

copyright 1981 by Mitchell-Beazley Publishers Limited
and Charles Hampden-Turner.


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Mythopoesis

The production of myths, or myth-making. Whereas mythology, in the broadest sense, studies and analyzes the mythic patterns of people and their cultures, mythopoesis (also mythopoeia) involves the creation of new myth or mythoi either through gradual cultural change or by the works of those in the creative arts, or both.

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Creative Processes

A creative person is an agent of change, fabricating something new from the old. Creative processes are characterized by originality, expressiveness, imagination, and productivity. They are defined by theories and methods or techniques.


"The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to new creative movement."

Diane K. Osbon, editor
Reflections on the Art of Living:
A Joseph Campbell Companion

copyright 1991 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation.


"Most books that concern the inventive work of artists, scientists, or businesspeople are about creativity, a personal trait. 'Creating', on the other hand, is a name of a process. It asks how the creative person thinks, not what the creative person is."

D.N. Perkins
The Mind's Best Work
copyright 1981 by D.N. Perkins


"Creating is the process by which a make achieves a creative product...

"The process is a teleological one, governed by plans restricting the final product that exist at the outset and plans that arise during the course of creating. The plans lead to the marshalling of the maker's resources to realize them. Accident occurs abundantly, but realizes, arises out of, or is assimilated to purpose...

"Understanding how creating occurs requires understanding how originality and other qualities that make a product creative get put into the developing of the product...

"To explain this, it is useful to view creating as a process of selecting from among the many possible outcomes - arrays of words, formulas, pigments on a surface, and so on...

"The preselections of the maker's personal history and the histories of the culture, the species, and the physical world channel what the maker will attempt and equip the maker with skills and schemata to attempt it...

"Although the simplest sort of making would involve a direct jump from preselection to a final selection, makers, by adopting roundabout tactics of selection, increase the reach of their efforts. The basic roundabout tactics are planning, abstracting, undoing, and making means into ends...

"The resources of minds...noticing, realizing, directed remembering, problem finding, schemata, hill climbing, critical reasons, and many more - each contribute to creating by helping to accomplish selection...

"These same resources of selection explain masterly and more ordinary creating. The master will notice more, exercise better critical judgement, and so on, but the processes involved are the same in kind...

"The creative quality gets put into a work primarily through skillful selecting for it or selecting for features that favor it. The selective processes involved need not be intrinsically creative, but simply responsive to what is being selected for...

"Originality may occur through direct selecting for it or as a spinoff, a side effect or selecting for other qualities...

"In any case, selecting for originality cannot dominate the selective process...originality adds little worth to the product unless the product achieves competence in other respects...

"Creativity involves style, values, beliefs, tactics that specifically favor selecting for a creative product...

"Creating at an extraordinary level depends on superior learned and inborn abilities to do the relevant work or selection. However, for the most part, these abilities shouldn't be considered a part of the maker's creativity, since other persons equally able may function quite uncreatively. Creativity concerns what we do with our abilities. Any normal person can be creative in terms of whatever abilities he or she has or can acquire...

"To understand creating as a process of selection, to understand how various psychological phenomena contribute to the work of selection, and to understand that products become creative because that is what is selected for, to understand all this is to grasp, in one way at least, the nature of creating."

D.N. Perkins
The Mind's Best Work
copyright 1981 by D.N. Perkins


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The Arts

The Arts include visual art, music, literature, stage performance (drama, dance, puppetry, etc.), screen peformance (TV, cinema), and computer software (graphics, interactive fiction, cyberspatial designs, multimedia). In a more general way, any human endeavor can be an art.


"Nature, in the common sense, refers to essenses unchanged by man; space, the air, the river, the leaf. Art is applied to the mixture of his will with the same things, as in a house, a statue, a picture."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nature"
from Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
edited by William H. Gilman
copyright 1965 by The New American Library, Inc.


"Science and art are two sides of the same coin. They are both attempts to craft a view of the world around us. All work is part science, part art."

Dick Richards
Artful Work: Awakening Joy, Meaning,
and Commitment in the Workplace

copyright 1995 by Dick Richards


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The Artist

I define anyone an artist who works creatively with visual images, words, sound and music, performances (stage or screen, even radio), computer presentations, or who regards anything they do as a craft to be done with finesse.


"Proclaiming oneself to be an artist is all too pretentious. Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a way of being..."

Frederick Frank
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing:
Meditation in Action

copyright 1993 by Frederick Frank


"M.C. Richards also wrote: 'Every person is a special kind of artist and every activity is a special art...'(M.C. Richards; Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person; Wesleyan University Press, 1989)"

Dick Richards
Artful Work: Awakening Joy, Meaning,
and Commitment in the Workplace

copyright 1995 by Dick Richards


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Alchemy

Traditionally, alchemy is a chemical philosophy that aims to transmute base metals into gold, to discover the panacea (a remedy for all diseases, evils or difficulties), and to prepare the elixer of longevity. Alchemy often refers to other seemingly magical powers or processes of transmuting.

Beyond the claim to create gold, cure-alls, or potions of youth, alchemy concerns change, particularly changes within ourselves. I consider alchemical philosophy to be metaphoric for various psychological, even mythic, procedures or processes that involve changes in life. Life is full of changes. Learning to deal with change artfully, it seems to me, is an -- if not the -- underlying goal of an alchemist.

Anyone who works creatively as an agent of change is both an alchemist and an artist. Art involves creativity; alchemy involves metamorphosis -- creativity and metamorphosis both involve change.

An artful life is one's dance with one's muse. The choreography of that dance can be mapped in and about a cycle which I name The Pantarbic Cycle.

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Prosperity

To prosper is to have good fortune, especially financial success - to thrive or flourish. I believe it is important for creative people is to prosper from their works. While this is commonly considered in financial terms, it needn't be. It is also whatever brings satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness to the creative person.


"The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it."

Diane K. Osbon, editor
Reflections on the Art of Living:
A Joseph Campbell Companion

copyright 1991 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation


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Health

Health is any state of optimal functioning, well being, or progress which is free from disease and abnormality. Pantarbe.com encourages health and fitness within and for all.


"Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement."

Diane K. Osbon, editor
Reflections on the Art of Living:
A Joseph Campbell Companion

copyright 1991 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation


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Pantarbe

A pantarbe is an alchemical gem which shines like the sun and acts upon gold like a magnet. To me it is an appropriate alchemical mythogem for the creative life which is both prosperous and healthy.

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Pantarbic Cycle

I noticed this cycle one day and named it after the alchemical pantarbe.

The cycle is between the artist and the muse within. It is the dynamic of their interaction. They spin a cycle of creativity and change, purpose and form, which can be envisioned as a wheel. Alchemy, metaphoric of the metamorphoses in life and the expression of life's transformations in art, is the wheel's hub. The wheel spins on the spokes: creative processes, the arts, mythic images, mythopoeia, prosperity and health.

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Content Sections

There are three main content areas at this site...

 

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Pantarbica

Pantarbica began as this site's bi-monthly web zine. In the early days of this site it started as an online place for site members to share samples of their works -- for criques or promotional reasons or just because. Soon many others learned of it, and, as Benjamin of BAM Works/Webcraft™ was willing to pay for their content, this zine soon became an online marketplace, particularly for writers, but in concept any creative person -- visual artists, sound artists, and people doing multimedia or computer presentations even games. All remain welcome to submit.

For the last several years this zine as been on hold while Benjamin wrestled with several life challenges. These challenges are now mostly resolved and a redesign of the zine is underway using WordPress. The new Pantarbica will begin as a blog where Benjamin will explore the Pantarbic Concepts, review new links for this site, and offer some of his own creative work. Eventually he hopes to reopen submissions and post other people's work as well.

More information on Pantarbica will be posted in the near future. Please check back.

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Resources

This section has been an on-going part of this web site. It contains sources to support and hopefully enrich creative people. Currently the resource featured is the list of...

Links of Internet Sites that have been compiled and organized according to this site's themes.

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Pantarbe.com Sites

These are third-party sites hosted by Pantarbe.com™. Feel free to explore them. Enjoy!


Basically, if you have your site's files ready to go, there is a set up fee to BAM Works/Webcraft to process them to the server. If you additionally request BAM Works/Webcraft services to design and develop your site, including content beyond your creative works, additional charges will apply. Finally, depending on the monthly demands of your site (for updates, indexing, etc), maintenance fees to BAM Works/Webcraft™ may be involved. The final deal is contractual with the specific terms varying site to site depending on the scope of the project. Eventually rates and such may be posted here -- but currently, as hosting is really not Pantarbe.com™'s main focus, it's best to inquire first if you're interested.


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Donations

Starting now, no one is required to pay for a membership or subscription to this site. However, donations are welcome, as one can afford them.

If you wish, please make a donation to Pantarbe.com using the PayPal links in this site. Funds donated this way go to Benjamin A. Miller's PayPal account for his web business producing this site, BAM Works/Webcraft.

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