Reality is not what it is.
It consists of the many realities
which it can be made into.
unseen spaces reveal the sacred rootedness…..meditating between the material world, invites us to place the heart in the center, and the eyes on the edge of perception….it is here where we feel our senses…..one moment of contemplation holds the universe….
The seamlessness between interior and exterior landscapes, between the material and symbolic realms, is central to what white explorers named ‘the Dreamtime.’ Environmental philosopher David Abram writes that the Dreamtime is ‘a kind of time out of time, a time hidden beyond or even within the evident, manifest presence of the land.’ It is the continual becoming experienced when one is in daily, embodied reciprocity with the land. In such a fluid state of being, the delineations between the apparent and the yet-to-be, the visible and invisible, become irrelevant. Having a proper, reciprocal relationship with the visible and invisible powers means conversing with springs, boulders, and birds, singing to navigate along ancestral tracks., following the songlines laid down by the creative ancestors, and honoring the specific intelligence of each place, each camp along one’s travels. Seeing the world with an eye toward becoming teaches us about the very nature of transformation. The landscape thus mirrors the state of one’s deepest self. This form of psychology is not an analytic process; ‘temporarily turning into’ arises from direct experience, from looking and listening. It is a way of coming to know one’s self as firmly rooted in the perception of place, where one actually is. In native psychology, ‘Who am I?’ becomes ‘Where am I?’ This perceptual possibility is way beyond my experience and nearly beyond my imagination. My modern, Western mind has little if any reference for such realms of experience. Nonetheless, I ache for as Kierkegaard said, ‘the eye which, every young and ardent, sees the possible.’…..Laura Sewall
The Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, is, however incorrigible it may seem to us, a rather peculiar idea within the context of the world’s cultures….Clifford Geerlz