“After any major physical “insult,” as they call it, it’s all too easy to see yourself as a collection of symptoms rather than as a total human being, including your spirit — and thus to become your illness. Fear is powerful and contagious, and at first I allowed myself to catch it, worried that if I didn’t do what the doctors ordered, I’d be sorry. But now I’m learning to take my healing into my own hands. Healing is not the same as curing, after all; healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”
— Ram Dass
When one is in a mess like you are, one has no right any more to worry about the idiocy of one’s own psychology, but must do the next thing with diligence and devotion and earn the goodwill of others. In every littlest thing you do in this way you will find yourself. [Everyone has] to do it the hard way, and always with the next, the littlest, and the hardest things.
— C.G. Jung
You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.
“When a man sees God in all beings and all beings in God, and also God dwelling in his own Soul, how can he hate any living thing?“
— “The Upanishads”
Part of the human journey is to get lost and wounded by our own failure to stay true to ourselves. Finding our way back to our own integrity and power, in another changed and wiser guise, is how we mature and ripen into ourselves. The potential is there, but if we manage to stay perpetually safe we miss our chance to discover our best and most substantial gifts.
How we thread the needle is everything. It will take courage and the willingness to do the humble creative work from beginning to end, without regard for success in the world. Your eye will be fixed on the meaning of the work for its own sake, for…