Hegel said, ‘Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us.’ Friendships & relationships suffer immense numbing through the mechanism of familiarization. We reduce the wildness & mystery of person & landscape to the external, familiar image. Yet the familiar is merely a facade. Familiarity enables us to tame, control, & ultimately forget the mystery. We make our peace with the surface as image & we stay away from the Otherness & fecund turbulence of the unknown that it masks. Familiarity is one of the most subtle & persavive forms of human alienation……John O’Donahue
we betray our innermost longings, our keenest integrity, & our much needed nurturing simply by being stuck in routine….our world narrows, we don’t ‘see’ quite as clearly & we forget how to tune in…..
There comes a time for all of us in which we lose our sense of purpose. Life seems stale or meaningless, or perhaps we feel overwhelmed by all of the pressures in our life. When times like this come, it helps to leave our routine & enter a quest to re-discover the motivating vision of our lives. When we are aware of our essence & able to act on it consistently, we feel energized & sustained. But nobody is able to do this all the time. It is all too easy to become involved in the dramas of other people & forget why we are here. Be in the flow of your life without expectations. If you let go, you will be guided downstream. If you resist & swim upstream, you will find yourself very frustrated, but that is perhaps what you most need to learn: that you can’t control your life at the ego level. Until your ego loosens its hold on your life, you might get your feet wet, but the rest of your body won’t experience the river……..Paul Ferrini
creatively living our lives with little less predictability, a lot more risk, & a certain amount of quirkiness is a sure-fire way to lift the heart out of its cage…..a dance in the rain….
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time