“When it seems humanly impossible to do more in a difficult situation, surrender yourself to the inner silence and thereafter wait for a sign of obvious guidance or for a renewal of inner strength.”
— Paul Brunton
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” 🔥
By having the courage to stand for one’s own experience, one begins to give real being to the soul. Everything depends on the individual’s ability to stand for their own experience(symptoms, suffering and accomplishments) in the face of the world that gives these things no credit.
Jung observed that most of the neurosis, the feeling of fragmentation, the vacuum of meaning, in modern lives, results from this isolation of the ego-mind from the unconscious. As conscious beings we all go about with a vague sense that we have lost a part of ourselves, that something that once belonged to us is missing.
Would you rather play a role in life or simply be who you are? Which is more difficult? How will you know what calls to you? Will society tell you, or will it just wind you up like a little toy and send you off in the wrong direction? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to get stuck under the couch and forgotten. I want to live my life as me.
We have a material life that would be unimaginable to our forebears, but we have somehow forgotten dreams, rituals, spiritual ceremonies and fertility of the soil. We still need the “magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe’” as the poet Gary Snyder terms it.
Have we become less human with all our gadgets and technical prowess? I’m one of those who can’t embrace the old religious forms put forth by the culture I was born into. Art, beauty, love and old cultures that still hang onto their old ways exert an attraction on me that can only partially compensate for the loss I feel. It’s a consolation, but it’s not a complete healing strategy. I hold an American passport as proof that I was born and raised there, but I am probably more of a foreigner there than anywhere simply because of the lack of ancient wisdom.
I’m most at home amidst the old ways, even if from a different culture. When I was younger I traveled to find my true home. The Latin world still has soul. Yes, the modern world is encroaching there too, but not to the degree seen in my homeland. I still find mystery, beauty, and a sense of meaning lived out by these cultures. Part of the problem is that America is still so young.
I just don’t want to live where money is more important that spirit, soul and beauty of connections. I’m an artist and a sometimes writer because I want to create meaning out of the simple means I can find. I need an aura that wards off all that mechanical efficiency, all the obsession with means to possess things.
That’s why I’m writing on Medium, to discover how to live the best life I can and show and tell about it.
- Anima Fire is my publication