What is the meaning of life? Why are we here in the first place? Some quotes from my readings that attempt to address these questions…… View More
Are Synchronicities Miracles?
“Indeed, they can be, but again only for those whose religious faith leads them to perceive the action of God in this particular episode of their lives. To call a coincidence a miracle is to place a religious interpretation on the event, but even after you have explained a synchronistic event of a miraculous cast in terms of ordinary causality, a popular pastime since the advent of modern socience—the Star of Bethlehem was an unusual conjunction of planets, the Israelites’ passage through the Red Sea was made possible through drought conditions and a freakish wind pattern that blew the shallow water aside—one still has to reckon with the subjective significance of the event for those who experienced it as a random but transformative event in their stories of who they are. For some, the word “miracle” fits best to describe this significance, for others, the description “synchronicity” allows for language that neither affirms a particular theological position nor dismisses the occurrence as nothing but unusual natural phenomena.” - Robert Hopcke, There Are No Accidents, p204-205… View More
The End of the Hero’s Journey
Ironically, to Campbell the end of the hero’s journey is not aggrandizement of the hero. ‘It is,’ he said in one of his lectures, ‘not to identify oneself with any of the figures or powers experienced…The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.’ One of the distinctions between the celebrity and the hero, he said, is that one lives only for self while the other acts to redeem society. (Power of Myth, location 107 kindle)… View More
Development comes from failure. People begin to get better when they fail … Whenever Picasso learned how to do something, he abandoned it, and as a result of that, in terms of his development as an artist, the results were extraordinary.
I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can, in some beautifully bound book. Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn the pages & for you it will be your church—your cathedral—the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them—then you will lose your soul—for in that book is your soul.
Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected. “Psychology and Religion” (1938). In CW 11: Psychology and Religion: West and East. P.131 … View More
Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: sat-chit-ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.
The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” - Joseph Campbell… View More