Nowadays more and more people, especially those who live in large cities, suffer from a terrible emptiness and boredom, as if they are waiting for something that never arrives. Movies and television, spectator sports and political excitements may divert them for a while, but again and again, exhausted and disenchanted, they have to return to the wasteland of their own lives. The only adventure that is still worthwhile for modern man lies in the inner realm of the unconscious psyche.
— C. G. Jung — Man and his Symbols
In realizing the freedom vehicle, we realize that each of us is an objective, precise instrument for the absolute. We exist as its eyes, its mouths, its ears, its arms, its legs, its genitals, its brains, its nervous systems, its mind, its intellect, its heart, and so forth. The complete and natural function of any of these organs, and hence of our bodies and souls, is to be an instrument of the absolute, allowing the absolute to behold and experience its own creation, its own display of its hidden treasures. To be fully ourselves is to faithfully serve the absolute, to purely and selflessly do its bidding. In serving it, in surrendering our wills completely to its dynamic will, we find our happiness and fulfillment. We cannot be happy by trying to fulfill our separate and self-centered wishes and desires, if they conflict with the natural outflow of the logos of true nature.
— A. H. Almaas, The Inner Journey Home
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
— Meister Eckhart
Getting a sense of what you’re actually made for could be called the hero’s journey because it’s full of unexpected adventures and mishaps. You’re continually having to face challenges and setbacks. Sometimes everything you’ve built is destroyed in shocking fashion. You don’t know what to do. You then have to go a little deeper into yourself to find the resources you didn’t know you had.
You have to fashion an adequate response, you have to find a way to convert a failure into something new and full of life. You can’t do that without becoming more real, more who you’re supposed to be. You’re forced to become yourself…