Into The Abyss

“One thing that comes out in myths, for example, is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”

~Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Quote via @SophiaCycles1

Sounds simple, but it isn’t. It seems at every juncture along our paths, we have a tendency to want to stay put. Stop. Not just that, but the going gets rough, plodding, overwhelming. Into the black and the muck and the mire, so much at that dark Awful that insanity is just a breath away. Think of our pal Fritz who couldn’t make it out, and if anyone should have it’s he. Myths are easy. Living them is another matter.

It’s all through the tunnel—the Birth Canal, the Bardo, the Nightmare. It occurs to me then that we might distrust this deathbed seeing of the light, for everything says the Darkness comes first. Even the story of The Christ and his travels, didn’t he do a stopover in Hell before returning? Any way you look at it, it’s not easy. Let’s hope the prize is worth it.

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