Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom & detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains…..Henry David Thoreau
Our inner nature can be stifled, but not destroyed. Not only does it remain, but whenever we open ourselves up to it, it unfolds & becomes stronger. As we get in touch with this higher or transpersonal self, we enter a larger more beautiful world, moving toward what Carl Rogers calls ‘the good life.’ The good life, says Rogers, ‘is the process of movement in a direction which the human organism selects when it is inwardly free to move in any direction.’ Rogers’ observations of clients in contact with their higher self includes, ‘An increasing openness away from the pole of defensiveness toward the pole of openness to experience.’ It includes, ‘An increasing tendency to live fully in each moment- an absence of rigidity, of the imposition of structure on experience.’ It includes, ‘An increasing trust in one’s whole self.’ It includes, ‘A person living the good life is naturally creative.’ It includes, ‘The basic nature of the human being, when flowing freely, is constructive & trustworthy.’ Rogers concludes, for these people, ‘Life is richer & satisfying. What seems fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, & meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves stretching & growing, of becoming more & more aware of one’s potentialities.’….James Fadiman
considering this longing for a hunger yet owning an equally enduring longing for quenching the hunger…it seems clear, at the edge of the sea, at the edge of the mind, & at the edge of experience, that our presence or lack of it allows the space to be rich in relationship with ‘the good life.’……..a luminosity of fear’s dissolution….
I am dead because I lack desire;
I lack desire because I think I possess;
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing;
Seeing you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.