Thursday, November 14, 2013

RETRIEVING WHAT WE'VE LOST



We've caused great damage to ourselves and others, and to the world, as we have severely neglected the inner life. Modern culture has left most people addicted to the external and haunted by a kind of belonging that can never care for the heart nor the soul. It's a way of being that actually causes a crust to form to where after awhile people fall completely out of rhythm with who they are, and oblivious of the immensity that dwells inside them, and inside the others around them, as well as inside all created things. Living in abusive exploitative ways of others becomes the norm and people end up thinking it's normal. When this happens, we are then just left wandering around, unable to sense the very wonder and beauty that is necessary for this life to make any sense and to carry any real meaning. When marooned in such a barren wasteland it becomes impossible to maintain any sense of graciousness and gentleness. It leaves people full of such devastating frustration that leads to a self absorption/self-preservation and produces a pain that can't help but go shooting out in all directions in all kinds of destructive/unhelpful ways.

 What will it take for transforming beauty to come back into focus? Do many even have any inkling as to what real beauty is anymore? Has it been so marginalized now in our fast paced modern culture to where most minds find the nature of real beauty too boring? Has the quick titillating surface hit, and the corresponding response it seeks, that is produced by a perversion of beauty that dominates our culture and becomes so ingrained in the psyche, left people stuck in the equivalent of a drug induced stupor? It certainly seems this is the situation many have settled for. Beautiful people, lost in false belonging that is constantly sold to them as the real deal.

 Until we as individuals make the personal choice to step out of the misdirection, nothing will change. We'll just go on and on feeling frustrated and empty and eventually hopeless and blaming everything external for our problems, when it was ourselves that made the choice to focus on the external, thinking that arranging it all in a way that we thought would make us happy, would make us happy. This script has always failed. It has never made people happy nor produced peace in one's life.

 One thing I have come to believe is that beauty has never left us. We left beauty by running off from where life is found and settled for something that promises us something it can never deliver. And in that space we lost touch with our native ability to recognize beauty and to live well. Each of us, ourselves, are the only ones that can change this situation for ourselves. Until we return to a way of being that nourishes our inner life we will remain confused and blind and will live like we are paupers, when in reality, we are surrounded by astonishing abundance. It is the eye graced by an awakened inner life that can pick up the Beautiful everywhere and then sustain it in a way to where beauty and peace and joy and rest become constant traveling companions.

2 comments:

Sue said...

"Until we return to a way of being that nourishes our inner life we will remain confused and blind and will live like we are paupers, when in reality, we are surrounded by astonishing abundance."

What's strange to me is how it's so easy to forget this, even if you've tasted it. When health/financial issues poke up their heads, and our limbic systems kick in, it's easy to forget that that space exists at all ... actually, I don't think that's it, at least not for me. It's not that I forget that that space is there; it's that it such a deep chasm appears that I feel like I can't jump over it. I think this is the case for a lot of people. They see the beauty and yearn for it, but it seems too far away, for people who are not them, or for a time when they will [insert whatever thing X symbolises in the glorious future].

This is probably one of the ongoing recurring things in my life - learning to jump the chasm when it appears, feeling like I'll slip down the gully ... but it not happening. The freeze feeling is what makes the chasm seem so wide. Stand up and walk towards it and it disappears, and you're on the other side scratching your head about what a bizarre experience the whole thing is ... until the next time. At least, that's how it translates for my particular experience.

Which is why I always appreciate yours and others' reminders about what is right in front of my face. Thanks :)

Kent said...

Yeah, I think we all have very different experiences with it all.