The battlefield is symbolic of the field of life, where every creature lives on the death of another. A realization of the inevitable guilt of life may so sicken the heart that, like Hamlet or like Arjuna, one may refuse to go on with it. On the other hand, like most of the rest of us, one may invent a false, finally unjustified, image of oneself as an exceptional phenomenon in the world, not guilty as others are, but justified in one’s inevitable sinning because one represents the good. Such self-righteousness leads to a misunderstanding, not only of oneself but of the nature of both man and the cosmos. The goal of the myth is to dispel the need for such life-ignorance by effecting a reconciliation of the individual consciousness with the universal will. And this is effected through a realization of the true relationship of the passing phenomena of time to the imperishable life that lives and dies in all. Man in the world of action loses his centering in the principle of eternity if he is anxious for the outcome of his deeds, but resting them and their fruits on the knees of the Living God he is released by them, as by a sacrifice, from the bondage of the sea of death……Joseph Campbell
we have so many choices in the seething well of free will…..but we have to see it…have to own the current path…..we cannot know the ways of our actions, but we know what the heart tells us…self-imposed cynicism will not help….weep as the fires roar in your heart and as the flames are tempered, listen……a mature heart holds the dying embers with great respect….
Spiritual grace originates from the divine Ground of all being, and it is given for the purpose of helping man to achieve his final end, which is to return out of time and self-hood to that Ground. It resembles animal grace in being derived from a source wholly other than our self-conscious, human selves; indeed, it is the same thing as animal grace, but manifesting itself on a higher level of the ascending spiral that leads from matter to the Godhead. In any given instance, human grace may be wholly good, inasmuch as it helps the recipient in the task of achieving the unitive knowledge of God; but because of its source in the individualized self, it is always a little suspect and, in many cases, of course, the help it gives is help towards the achievement of ends very different from the true end of our existence. Conversely, of course, the life of goodness, holiness and beatitude is a necessary condition of perpetual inspiration. The relations between action and contemplation, ethics and spirituality, are circular and reciprocal. Each is at once cause and effect…..Aldous Huxley
Salt is the mineral substance or objective ground of personal experience making experience possible. No salt, no experiencing- merely a running on and running through of events without psychic body. Thus salt makes events sensed and felt, giving us each a sense of the personal. The entire alchemical opus hangs on the ability to experience subjectively. It makes possible what psychology calls felt experience. So, we must turn to this same ground to mine our salt. Felt experience takes on a radically altered meaning in the light of alchemical salt. We may imagine our deep hurts not merely as wounds to be healed but as salt mines from which we gain precious essence and without which the soul cannot live. The fact that we return to these deep hurts, in remorse and regret, in repentance and revenge, indicates a psychic need beyond a mere mechanical repetition compulsion. Instead, the soul has a drive to remember it is like an animal that returns to its salt licks. We make salt in our suffering, and by working through our sufferings, we gain salt, healing the soul of its salt-deficiency……Though we do not make it by fire, we do make salt by means of dissolutions. Salt is soluble. Weeping, bleeding, sweating, bring salt out of its interior underground mines. Moments of dissolution are not mere collapses; they release a sense of personal human value from the encrustations of habit. ‘I too am a human being worth my salt’- hence my blood, sweat, tears….The danger here is always fixation, whether in recollection, childhood trauma, or in a literalized and personalized notion of experience itself: ‘I am what I have experienced.’ Paracelsus defined salt as the principle of fixation……James Hillman