Life is a refining process through which we are sculpted by the winds and storms. Suffering provides abrasion for refinement. Survival forces us to change; without the struggle and rawness, how would we evolve? The pain and struggle that are part of my odyssey have taught me a comprehension of the earthly, of myself so that when faced with a challenge, I often have the capacity to rest outside of the complexity. Only in simplicity can complexity coexist in harmony…Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
we forget how arbitrarily we define our lives, good and bad, light and dark……our deepest consciousness rests in the unalterable essence….where matter and illusion co-exist….spirituality is not about idealism…it is the real, dark, vital experience of our lives…
Melancholy is one of the four humors. The Renaissance inherited two traditions concerning it: the first, the Galenic, in which melancholy, because of its cold and dry qualities, is inimical to life; and the Aristotelian, in which melancholy of the right kind is favorable to the imaginative and intellectual powers. During the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy this latter concept was revived, principally by the Florentine Humanist and neo-platonist, Marsilio Ficino, whose book, De vita libri tres sums up this revaluation. By following Aristotle’s statement that all the intellectually brilliant were melancholic by temperament, he fused the furor melancholicus with the platonic furor divinus. In this way he transformed what in the Middle Ages had been regarded as the most inimical of all the humors into that which was a mark of genius. Gradually the attributes and attitudes of melancholy became an indispensable adjunct of any Renaissance man with artistic or intellectual pretensions……Roy Strong
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.