map making in the jungle of the heart


I am not I.

I am this one

walking beside me whom

I do not see,

whom at times I manage

to visit,

and whom at other

times I forget;

who remains calm and

silent while I talk,

and forgives, gently,

when I hate,

who walks where I am


who will remain

standing when I die.

….Juan Ramon Jimenez

where can we expand into a spacious aliveness? finding our Source and then trusting it to hold us? how can we let go of some of our existential isolation? where is our tribe of life warriors?

In the orison of union, the soul is fully awake as regards God, but wholly asleep as regards things of this world. Thus does God, when he raises a soul to union with himself, suspend the natural action of all her faculties. She neither sees, hears nor understands, so long as she is united with God. But this time is always short. God establishes himself in the interior of this soul in such a way, that when she returns to herself, it is wholly impossible for her to doubt that she has been in God, and God in her…..Saint Teresa

swooping down & in

When you’re high you are up and out, outside yourself, in the world. Elation means cutting loose from your self, connecting with what’s out there. When you’re low you are down and in, withdrawn into yourself, away from the world. Depression means stuck on yourself, lost in thought, out of touch. Consciousness as we usually experience it is separation. The I looks out at other I’s and at the world and perceives that it is separate. If one looks at the world through the barred windows of confinement it seems safer to remain in the prison of the self than to risk the strangeness beyond. The strongest antidotes for alienated self-consciousness are love and hate. Meeting is merging. Loving and hating spring us free from isolation. Breaking out of the isolation of the self is similar to the mystical union with the divine life. All life is a part of the cosmic dance. That’s why getting high is a question of transportation, of learning to travel from in to out, from I to we, from self to world……S. Keen & A. Valley-Fox

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