If we could see through all our projections down to the last traces, our personality would be extended to cosmic dimensions.
— Marie Louise von Franz
Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life.
— Elie Wiesel
Being with him when he died was something I will never forget. His bravery. His happiness. His acceptance. It was a colossal experience for me. Changed my life completely in a way that I had not expected. I expected to feel sad and lost. But I felt the opposite. Just, like, ‘Boy, this is it. This is all we have. Right here. So you’d better pay attention.
Supporting you on this inner journey to YES are the creatures of Earth, in all their flying, swimming, hopping, running, jumping up, deep diving, deeply rooted, leaf fluttering rainbow iridescent shimmering — all praying that you and I will wake up to the irreplaceable precious beauty of life.
A fire broke out backstage at a theater. The clown came out to break the news to the public. But they, believing it was a joke, clapped. The clown repeated the news and the audience applauded even more. So I think the world will perish, under the general jubilation of happy heads who will think it’s a joke.
— Søren Kierkegaard
Mr. Kierkegaard wasn’t known for his jolly optimism but he has a point here. Our consciousness will be expanded or else there will be a massive collapse. Those who see deep and far are the fire brigade rushing to our rescue. We can shrug and turn them away if we wish, but there will be shocking consequences to follow. Not paying attention puts us all at risk.
Paying attention is the work of building and rebuilding a culture of relationship in the territory of meaning. One thing you can’t help noticing is how beauty is woven into the world and how we are too busy to see it and wonder at it. The unanswered question is why. I think it’s worth entertaining that question so that we might become responsible cosmic citizens who actually…