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Anyway, love has a body and words have a body too. And Jung said that we should try and keep at least one foot on the ground. And Nietzsche said he only likes what people have written with their own blood. And Rumi said you have to keep on breaking your heart until it opens. And he also said that the heart has its own language and a hundred thousand ways to speak and that there are a thousand ways to kneel down and kiss the ground. — Jon Wilson

Corona means crown. We wear a crown that represents our time, a high standing, power, authority, accomplishment. We are corona people given a rare opportunity to be transformed remarkably into caring, global, health-minded, generous, earth-loving people. — Thomas Moore

“Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer. There IS a track just waiting for each of us and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Each one of us carries a gift to give to the world, at least one, sometimes many. When we are young we may be completely unconscious of it. Finding it though, is “bliss” according to Campbell. Not finding it then, would be sorrow, confusion.

I made an arbitrary decision when I was young to make art. I started with sculpture and progressed to painting. I made the decision to “be an artist” because my father was so against it. That’s not a good reason to do anything, but I carried on until I found a way to penetrate into my personal energy source as an artist. And I created some beauty there.

I had indications then that my most natural talent was language, but I wanted it so much that it seemed beyond reach. I loved the sensuality of language in all its forms, especially foreign languages. I thought I could easily put that attraction aside, but it kept cropping up from the sidelines. I ended up living in foreign countries, ostensibly to study art and paint, but of course it became necessary to speak the local languages. I discovered that I could do it well and that I enjoyed the hard work that went into it.

So, I circled around my central talent repeatedly, almost flirting with it, until I began to develop some confidence that it was possible for me. It was something I could actually do. I had the art talent too to some extent, but because it wasn’t so important to me I could throw myself at it and have copious failures without fretting too much about it.

That inner imperative for me to speak foreign languages was emphatic. It was not something I could decide to do or not do. It insisted. It prevailed, whatever else I decided to do.

That “bliss” that Campbell talks about has always seemed a strange choice of words, but it does feel deeply satisfying to do something you are uniquely made for. It feels like discovering a vein of beauty in yourself that comes so naturally you hardly notice it, and if you do, you think everyone must have the same talent.

My point is how easy it is to overlook your exceptional abilities. Sometimes you need someone else to point it out to you. I’m ready now, when I point out someone’s great talent, to be shrugged off with the statement that in no way is their talent exceptional, that everyone can do as well or better.

That’s the problem. We are too divorced from ourselves to value our most precious gift. We’re often blind to it. We reject the vein of gold in ourselves. We don’t feel up to embracing it and devoting ourselves to nurturing it.

But we carry this gift because the world needs it, and needs us to give it. Not following through is a failure in our inborn mission. Yes, it’s not easy to find it, especially if we have grown up in a barren or discouraging environment, but it’s there waiting for us.

Fortunately, the energy of a strong talent will assert itself. It insists upon being heard. It wants to live in the world even if it has to push itself into the light like a weed through asphalt.

It’s best though, when we align ourselves with our talents and befriend them. It’s best to live our lives without discouraging ourselves from being who we are. It’s really up to us to embrace and love our natural energies so they can flower. As Campbell says, once we get in the flow where the strongest current is, things will come more easily.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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