Quotes to like or puzzle over: “There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.” ― James Salter, All That Is
“When you are awake, you must be fully awake and conscious about everything. This is a wonderful exercise.
Philosophy is itself the disease for which it pretends to be the cure: the wise man does not pursue wisdom but lives his life, and therein precisely does his wisdom lie.
To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the mind.
The moment we stop analyzing and let go, we can start really seeing, feeling – as one whole.”
~ Bruce Lee
Boy is this tough to remember tho it sure seems right. Periodically I come back to myself but I sure like to delve into the pool. I’ve been a life-long delver as a matter of fact. It seems the truth is out there somewhere in the midst of some words. Not that words are all wrong. They do point us in the right direction, time and time again. I am reminded of Basho (at least I think it was Basho) who said, “Do not seek after wisemen. Seek what wisemen sought.” Amen to that.
“The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost & most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, & which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.” ~ Carl Jung
Our search for the eternal, as always, appears to be within. Meditation. Sleep. Dreams. Breathing. And the space between everything, the space between thoughts. Making contact with the true self and the Universal.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~Carl Jung
Another life lesson we—that is, I—have to learn over and over. Why does a friend irritate me so when she does a certain something? What is there in that that is in me? Plus, I believe that the more we learn the more difficult things become. That is, within the lessons we are to learn. Not easier in the dark to see, but more hidden and more disguised.
Did I tell you about the phone calls I used to get in my sleep? Someone would call me up to contradict a thought I’d had or a statement I’d made about my progress. I loved this and tried and tried to figure out whose voice it was. The voice was so familiar but I couldn’t quite place it. “Fear? You think you have overcome Fear? My dear, you are loaded with Fear.” Who said that? Who was calling? I knew it was my subconscious, but not the manifestation of the voice. Once I understood—it was my own voice, of course—I no longer received the calls. Damn! Too easy I guess. Growth is painful and it doesn’t happen on our timetable. It also requires work. Double Damn!
Just in case there was something prior, More on words I dislike:
Eponymous. It seems so pretentious. Why not just say what it is? The title of whatever is the same as the person I’m writing about. Well OK, in fewer words. Or maybe it just annoys me as I had to look it up so many times as I kept forgetting what it meant. The word is just plain unfriendly.
Siblings. Hissssss. A cold word, an almost but not quite harsh word. It doesn’t sound at all like brother or sister. Maybe it’s good to use if you don’t like your family.
Facetious. Another pretentious word. It’s rarely spoken unless it’s the only three-syllable word someone knows. And then it’s used often.
And something to note about Yeats:
He is the only poet I’m aware of who has many poem titles longer than the poem.
I love & adore many of his short poems. There’s none better than “When You are Old,” “The Mask,” and “A Deep-sworn Vow.” “Leda and the Swan” is so powerful it can quite make you shudder. That poem is posted in full under “Myth and Mystery” in this blog.
Of course the Center Will Not Hold…there is no center. (This I discovered within Meditation.) Go ahead—look for your center.
And then, because there are no better words than those we receive from Rumi:
And thus it is I leave us for the day—to go sit on the patio, the dog and I—to watch the Thunderstorm, aye, by and by.