One of the most persistent paradoxes of my life is that I cannot seem to talk about what my life is all about. I can find words for almost everything I want to say most of the time, but I have few words whenever I want to talk about that which most people mean when they use the word “God”. All of me is about seeking to live a “deep and real life”, one in which we drop into the depths of what is possible to be and know as a human.
A few days ago I was watching “The Hero’s Journey”, a movie about the life of Joseph Campbell. I’ve read much of his work and admire him greatly, and there, in an interview with him, he said something which vibrated within me as deeply true:
“God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought, even the categories of being and non-being.”
Later, in a talk, Campbell talked about soul:
“The seat of the soul is there where the inner and the outer meet. Where these come together is where we have mythos.”
Not too long ago I was asked to write up three points of wisdom that I know, for sure. Here’s how I responded:
- There is more here in this life than running to the grocery store, dealing with frustrated drivers, and running around in a fog. MYSTERY shimmers behind and through every living and natural being and thing, and wants a relationship with us that’s conscious and joyful.
- One best way to help others is to help them feel that they belong, and help them to create their home here in this space/time —- to create the conditions where they know that they are here, at home, with us.
- One best way to love is to be a compassionate witness to another’s story and life, and to call out their freedom, beauty, and their own compassion. This is the way to a “D & R Life”, a “deep and real life”, and the way to know that MYSTERY who shimmers within and through all.
There’s lots more I can say, and will — in time. In the meantime, what are some of your points of wisdom that you know, for sure?
With much love,