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"Humankind conforms to the earth. Earth conforms to heaven. Heaven conforms to the subtle origin. And the subtle origin conforms to its own nature."                                                                                       --Lao Tsu

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
                                                                                                                           --Rainer Maria Rilke

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The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture by Dr. Leonard Shlain

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Seeking Beauty's Place
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James Hubbell

"Astrology is a language.  If you understand that language, the sky speaks to you."
                                                                                                                           --Dane Rudyar

 


 

 

Sekhmet, one of the oldest known Egyptian deities, is depicted as a lion- headed woman, usually with the solar disc on her head. Daughter of the sun god Ra and herself a solar deity, Sekhmet ("Mighty One") is the protector of the Pharoahs in her fierce aspect, as well as goddess of healing.

Unlike Sekhmet and the fierce goddesses, Kali, Durga, etc., of Eastern cultures, the West --to our detriment-- has no path or conscious model to embody the Wrathful (fiercely protective) Feminine.

 

The Dream of the Cosmos: Interview with Anne Baring
by Dr. Betty J. Kovacs
- Sept 2011

1. Journey to Discover Soul / Myth of the Goddess

2. Feminine Archetype / Lunar Mythology

3. Battle btn Good & Evil / Solar Mythology & the Sacred Marriage

4. The Tragic Split in the Western Psyche

5. The Matrix and the Split

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7. Soul Power / Healing the Split

 

The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time - Earth-healing fable by Anne Baring, based on Farid Ud-Din Attar's The Conference of the Birds. Exquisite illustrations by painter Thetis Blacker.

 

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Dane Rudyar - Renaissance Man of the 20th Century
-Melanie Reinhart

Larry Dossey, MD- The Brain as Filter: On Removing the Stuffing from the Keyhole

Edward Frederick Block IV, Ph.D. - The Astrological Matrix & the Neurobiological Basis of Human Behavior

Hygiea, Chiron &Ophiuchus, Stellar Healers of the Cosmos

Minor Planet Eris

C. George Boeree: The Story of Psyche and Eros

“[In any great discovery] we find the often disturbing and happy experience: ‘It is not I; I have not done this.' Still, in a certain way it is I — yet not the ego... but... a more comprehensive self.”
                                                                                               -- Baron Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker,
                                                                                                  German physicist and philosopher

"People say I have created things. I've never created anything. I get impressions from the Universe at large and I work them out. But I am only a a plate or a recorder or receiving apparatus, what you will. Thoughts are really impressions that you get from outside."
                                                                                                                             --Thomas Edison

 

 

 


Inanna - Queen of Night
c. 1800 BCE Iraq - The British Museum

 

The Sumerian goddess of love and war, Inanna or Ishtar, was Nanna's daughter and associated with the Underworld

 

Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth - Diane Wolkstein

Descent into the Underworld

Interpretation of Inanna’s Descent Myth

Lilith Astrol - Triple Goddess

On Lilith's association with Inanna

The Dark Goddess Lilith
by M. Kelley Hunter 1999

Forum discussion of Lilith in book Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth

Lilith - the dark moon

Lilith and the Black Moon
by Juan Antonio Revilla

Lillian Broca's Lilith series

 

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
                                                                                                                           --Anaias Nin

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
                                                                                                                           --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Seeking Beauty's Place in our Time

by James Hubbell


My world is the world of objects, of inner musing made real, a world of things not necessarily coming from ideas. Yet, there are thoughts and ideas that have been extremely important to me through the years. One is Beauty. This word, at least in the art world, has been out of favor for a good part of this century. I would like to see its reintroduction into the modern world with the understanding that Beauty, like love, has the power to change things. It can also help us make decisions and unite the disparate elements in our lives.

Why has our time turned away from Beauty? Why have we been party to the catastrophic destruction of culture and nature in this century? In our rush to idealize what we thought was the scientific, rational approach —our wish to harness nature— we turned away from those concepts not easily explained in scientific terms, such as spirit, love and beauty. Albert Einstein has characterized our age as being one of "perfection of means, confusion of aims."

In my late teens, I was doing two kinds of paintings. One kind was by most standards, grotesque —people contorted, things out of shape. I realized that these works did not give me pleasure to do, so I decided not to do them anymore. I made up my mind, I am not sure why, to follow Beauty. I also decided not to try and define Beauty. I find now that I will often do a work, and in my mind say that it is not beautiful, yet a year or so later realize that it is. I learn from making the art object and my work tells me new things about beauty.

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What I call Beauty is far from what we call pretty. A plastic rose no matter how well fashioned can never be beautiful; it can only grow dusty. It is the full cycle of life of a real rose that gives it its beauty. Knowing that it wilts and dies is the essence of its wonder. Mozart's music is beautiful because there is within the wonderful melody both the pathos and the joy of being human.

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Beauty must contain within it not just the sunshine but the shadows. And an art that contains only the darkness leads only downward. It is in that precarious balance at the edge of heaven and hell that the power of Beauty lies.

Beauty can be a guide in helping us put together a complex world and be a tool to help us make changes for the better. Our particular time in history is marked by indecision and misdirected efforts, not only in the technical fields but also in such diverse worlds as politics, architecture, philosophy, and culture. We are unsure about life, why we are here, or even how to make a decision about what we value most. We begin to sense that even those paths laid out by science and technology may not take us where we wish to be. Beauty can be the arbiter of paths.

It may not be the "way" but it can help us in choosing the "how." At the present time, we have a great many tools and technical know-how to make a new world: everything from stainless steel hip bones to sustainable houses and cities. But how do we relate these things to life and each other so that they truly serve life? It is here that a sense of Beauty and balance can help us give form and meaning to what otherwise would be scattered possibilities. Einstein says, "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the emotion which stands at the cradle of the True Art and True Science."

There is a connection of beauty, both inner and outer, to love. Both can open up within us feelings that seem to be outside of fear. Putting aside fear even for a moment begins to change things. Somehow beauty and love awaken that part in us that allows us to be ourselves. I have come to call this, "to give light." It can come through an individual or a work of art. It is very much one human reaching to another and allowing for the wholeness of the other.

I believe we underrate even our traditional concept of beauty. Why is nature so prolific in endowing its creations with magic of form, color, and diversity? Is it merely for competition and procreation? Or does the beauty of the flower or an Indian maiden dressed in her beaded buckskin change the rules of the game? Is beauty perhaps the physical manifestation of love? Does Beauty open the door and allow Love in?

Some years ago, we built a small house for some friends. It is used for counseling. It was designed specifically for inner healing. A great deal of effort was put into how it would be experienced.... the entering of it was by a falling sculptural space with a surprising light within. All because we believe that space and light can transform our understanding of who we are and what life is about.

It is my hope that we are rediscovering Beauty. Not the "pretty" of the 19th century or the ugliness of this century, but a robust kind of Beauty that accepts the intertwining of chaos and order, and of darkness and light... one that guides and transforms life because it sees life as a whole. Can we learn to put a sense of Beauty to work for us?

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James Hubbell is an internationally recognized artist and architect. Visit his web site
to view examples of his artistic vision and his public projects designed to feed the soul
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The June 2012 Venus Transit by Dr Chet Snow

Venus in 2012: Its retrograde movement, its occultation of Mercury & its transit of the Sun

Lunar Eclipse in Sag & Venus Occultation in Gemini - June 4-5, 2012

The Venus Transit of the Sun, 6/5-6 - Astrology - for Everyone

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All Alone in the Night
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POWER Shift: Uranus Square Pluto & Regulus into Virgo

Walking on Air
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Terence McKenna ~ Dreaming Awake at the End of Time

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Image and Symbol: A Path to the Realization of the Self

John Major Jenkins -What is the Galactic Alignment?

Heinous Hybrids -Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect -Donna Cunningham

David Whyte: 10 Questions that Have No Right to Go Away

Quest for Compassion: The Wounded Self and the Grail - story of Percival

The Archetypes by C. G. Jung

Amazon Roster - Brave Women Warriors

Demetra George - Asteroids and Mythic Astrology

For a New Beginning

Wild Geese

Three Conjunctions
of Uranus and Pluto

Dane Rudhyar 100965

"Our own impulse to create and evolve is the direction of “God” in evolution, not just a human need, not just a blind effort to survive or reproduce, but in fact an implicate order of growth, the urge to self-evolve. I realized that each of us is the universe in person. Our motivation to evolve is the "soul of evolution" experienced as our subjective desire for self-evolution, for communion with others, with nature and with Spirit."
                                                                                                                             --Barbara Marx Hubbard

"They wished to flower, and flowering is being beautiful: but we wish to ripen, and that means being dark and taking pains."
                                                                                                                              --Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Norwac Audio Lectures

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Anchored in Astrology

Bay Area Science

Saturn Return Stories

Debbie Ford
-- Facebook

The Emergence Project

InnerSelf Astrology

 

Welcome to YOUR Truth! - Venus Retrograde & the Gemini/Sagittarius Eclipses - May/June 2012

Terence McKenna's last video interview with John Buzard
October 1998

Kymatica

The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions

Shadow & Substance
Displaying popular astronomy visually & entertainingly

A Conversation with Terence McKenna and Ram Dass (1992)

Caroline Casey and Daniel Giamario

Audio from KPFA The Visionary Activist 110311

Matthew Stelzner - The Joy of Astrology - 10-21-11

Carl Jung - A World of Dreams 1 of 5

Carl Jung - Approaching the Unconscious 1 of 15

Cosmos and Psyche with Rick Tarnas 1 of 3

Debra Clement & Dena DeCastro - Saturn Cycles

Venus Transits 2004 & 2012
Transit of Venus 8.6.04.avi

Archetypal Astrology: Embodying the Planetary Gods - Sherene Schostak

 

 

 

Dan Millman - The Life You Were Born to Live
- Life Purpose Calculator

Sheila Foster - The Golden Child

Barbara Marx Hubbard - The Unfolding Story of My Discovery of Conscious Evolution and Evolutionary Spirituality

Financial astrologer charts stock market's course 061212

Can Planets Affect Your Portfolio? - Forbes Magazine 022012

The Solar System

Journey into the uncharted voids of the Milky Way 120711

You Are Who You Are Eric  Francis 012111

Our Life's Foundation -- The Personal Soul Cluster - Hank Wesselman

When Astrology Listens - Eric Francis

This is Your Brain on Metaphors 111410

Open Season - Robert M. Sapolsky 033098

"If you don't know the trees…you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories… you may be lost in life."
                                                                                                                              --Siberian Elder
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
                                                                                                                              --C. S. Lewis

 

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Breaking Down Borders
November 2010

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Making Histories
Visible

Against the Grain

Debra Clement & Lisa Finander -- Astrology & Tarot

741 Hz Frequency Awakening Intuition

Rick Levine - The 1960's, 2012 and the Turning of the Seasons 1-4

Lynne McTaggart - Living with Intention session one - 1 of 8

MUSICAL RAPTURE A Healing Gift for Humanity

Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Barbara Hand Clow (1 of 12)

Creating Dispositor Trees ( 1 & 2)

Return of the Magi Astrology Trailer
Return of the Magi

Nassim Haramein - The Resonance Project

Audio from KKCR Kauai Radio -- The Resonance Project

Carl Calleman and Beth Green

Zane Stein on Chiron

Texas Milky Way Time Lapse (Nikon D90)

Astrologers Lyn Goldberg & Linea Van Horn on The Galactic Embrace

Precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross - 300 pixel MP4 Movie

Daniel Giamario & John Major Jenkins - The Galactic Alignment,
the Precessional Cycle and the Turning of the Ages
- Interview 020207

INELIA BENZ : the full interview with Bill Ryan from Project Avalon

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Lara Owen - The Astrology of Love in Midlife

Lara Owen - Phoenix Rising: Menopause and Other Midlife Transformations

Prometheus Unbound Meets Hades Bound!

Sun & Moon

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1940 - 2011

Moon Phases 2011

Sun Aspects

What is a Solar Arc?

Eclipses’ Doors of Perception

The Moon's Nodes

Nodes of the Moon - Spiritual

Understanding the Moon Phases

Lunar Phases in Natal Chart

Interpreting Lunar Nodes

 

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"Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world."
                                                                                                                             --Sri Aurobindo

 

 

 

Christine Page - Intuitive Wisdom

Audio from Inspiring Women Summit

Steven Forrest -- The Future of Astrology

Enneagram - Conscious TV interviews with Types

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Carolyn Myss on Chakras

The Energetics of Healing - Vol.1 - Part 1 of 10

David Spangler - Lorian Association

Audio from Sacred Awakenings

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

Jeddah Mali 'Recognizing Truth' - interview by Renate McNay
Jeddah Mali

Bruce Lipton on health, physics, the Field & more

Audio from The Tapping Solution

Yogi Cameron on Dr. Oz

Shamanic Astrology - Caroline Casey 4 parts

Michael Meade -- Spell of Life

Audio from New Dimensions Radio

C.G. Jung -- Wisdom of the Dream

Joseph Campbell - Power of Myth

Michael Meade -- Mythic Storytelling and the Ends of Time

Audio from New Dimensions Radio

David Whyte - Preservation of the Soul

J. Nigro Sansonese: The Body of Myth

Venus

Venus - Planetary Phenomena from 1899 through 2000

Venus - Planetary Phenomena from 2000 through 2100

Venus - Queen of Heaven & Earth

Venus Retrograde for 2012

Transits of Venus - Six Millennium Catalog: 2000 BCE to 4000 CE

The Venus Transits - The Pentagonal Cycle of Venus

Venus Retrogrades 1801 - 2100

Venus 1940s

Venus and Mars Position Tables 1950 - 1995

Venus ingress dates 1900 to 2012 GMT

The Evening and Morning Star

The Planet Venus in Ancient Myth and Religion

Venus Morningstar: Harbinger of Illness?

Mayan-Aztec Calendar: The Century Cycle & Earth-Venus Conjunctions

Which Sign does Venus Really Rule?

 

** Misc Astro Articles **

"We can become authentically public only by first going to the depths of the private. At the heart of the uniqueness of the individual lies the universal. Every person's deepest ecstasies and fears are old as mankind and common as dirt. Thus, the greatest freedom for the individual comes  from the love of many stories. The strongest state is the one that keeps the fewest citizens in jails, insane asylums, and ghettos. ... [O]pen the doors behind which you imprison the citizens of your private commonwealth. ... [F]orm a community of teller and listener. It is a call to revolution; seize the authority to create your own story."
                                                                               --Sam Keen and Anne Valley-Fox, Your Mythic Journey

 

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Midpoint Calculator

Arabic Parts Calculator

Astro Swiss Ephemeris

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Ephemeris of Eris

Ephemeris of the
Galactic Center

Ephemeris of Pholus

Asteroids List

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Seconds

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Astro-Databank

Articles

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Chiron Quiz: How Strong is Your Chiron?
The Chiron Resonance Quiz: What’s Your Chi-Res Score?
Chiron - A Myth for Our Times
Chiron 2001
Maritha Pottenger - Understanding the First Saturn Return
Aspect Pattern Configurations
Those Wild Out-of-Bounds Planets
All 12 Signs Rising  --  Personality and Physical Traits by Ascendant
Intercepted Signs
Does Uranus Rule Astrology? - Dane Rudhyar
Constellation, Sidereal Zodiac, and Tropical Zodiac Dial
Planets in Exaltation, Detriment and Fall
Table of Dignities and Debilities
How to read Ptolemy's table of Essential Dignities
Final Dispositors and Chart Rulers  --  Dispositors in Astrology
How to Build a Dispositor Tree
Hemispheres of the Houses  --  Hemisphere Emphasis
Synodic Cycles and Planetary Retrogrades
New Millennium Being #179 - REALITY SHIFT 2011
Intercepted Signs
Pluto Re-classified - Reflections on the re-definition of our solar system
Astrological Assn of Great Britain - MP3 Recordings
The Zodiac: Sidereal Vs. Tropical
Astrology Symbols and Glyphs  --  Planetary Symbols -- Astro Symbols
Pluto sextile Neptune + Keywords for Values of Aspect Orbs
A Reading List in Western Astrology
Using a 45 degree graphic ephemeris
The Twelfth House - Dana Gerhardt

 

 

 

 

 

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Astro Dienst
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Alignment 2012 -
John Major Jenkins

Centaur Research Project

 

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious."
                                                                                                                              --Carl Jung

"It is easier to try to be better than you are than to be who you are.  If you are trying to live by ideals, you are constantly plagued by a sense of unreality. ... And when the crunch comes, you have to recognize the truth: you weren't there."
                                                                                                                             --Marion Woodman

"If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be?  What would I do?"
                                                                                                                             --Buckminster Fuller

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
                                                                                                                           --Anais Nin

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."
                                                                                                                          --Pearl S. Buck

"We know that every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of the imagination, and have their source in what one is pleased to call infantile fantasy.  Without this play with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.  The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.  It must not be forgotten that it is just in the imagination that a man's highest value may lie."
                                                                                                                         --Carl Jung

"How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.."
                                                                                                                         --Alan Watts

“We’re living in a time where we each need a tremendous amount of courage — a fierce kind of attention and intentionality. The doorway is always through your vulnerability, the experience where you are open to the world whether you want to be or not.

“I’ve come to consider vulnerability as a form of imaginative intelligence, and the good news is that it can be cultivated. The real challenge is the pain that comes with vulnerable living. When pain arises, it is tempting to say to yourself: ‘If this is the way that God is playing, no thanks, I’ll back up.’ Self-compassion is needed to understand this.

During and after the season of pain, the question that comes up is: “Will I turn back to vulnerability, to living a wholehearted life?”

                                                                                                                        --David Whyte

 

 

 

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The Golden Child

© Sheila Foster 2012


I spent July writing for hours almost every day, working on a story for an anthology on love revealed through grief. My focus was my relationship with my dear uncle, the man who raised me from age three to 21. I began with a laundry list of memories of things we did together, and it was poignant, beautiful, heart-wrenching, teary, grief-filled, and delightful to re-member so many things I had long forgotten.

It was a deep excavation of known and unknown layers of love and heartbreak in my life with him. The great treasure appeared when I found an old torn black and white photo in my childhood album which I had looked at many times over the years, but had never truly seen until that moment. In that photo, I am about four, sitting on my uncle's knee, looking into his fifty-year-old face and he is looking into mine. My little face is beaming with radiant joy and we both have big smiles. The love between us is palpable and my heart immediately broke open with tears of love. I knew that he knew that I existed! I also realized that not only did he bring me joy, but I was a joy to him! I had never taken that in before.

These realizations filled me with grace and gratitude for the blessing of my uncle who was an intelligent, kind, and loving man who truly saw me in the midst of a heartbroken, traumatized family. I also wept with joy for that little, radiant me who, with him in the moment this photo was taken and many others before I went to school at six, was pure and utterly untouched by any of the trauma I had experienced before going to live with him. I saw the Golden Child that I was then--an image of myself that had been hidden behind the long-held image of the trauma child. I experienced pure grace in this soul retrieval of the Golden Child as she came alive within me day by day writing; my body shook with deep re-membering and I experienced a profound shift of identification. Now when i look back, I see and feel this Golden Girl as well as the one who suffered.

We all have a Golden Child within us, a core of being that has remained utterly pure and untouched by any trauma. So often, we become identified with the trauma child, the one who suffered greatly, that the Golden Child falls into the shadow. You may have a memory of a single moment, or times with a grandparent, an animal, in nature, or alone as a child when this Golden Child was present and you felt pure joy, fully present, untouched by anything painful that has happened.

If you don’t recall any Golden Child moments, consider looking through old photos, as they may evoke memories. When I looked at my album, it was as if I had never seen that photo before. I also noticed that there were no other photos of me with that kind of love and radiant joy on my face until I was an adult woman and had done a lot of inner psychological and spiritual work. Writing the memories was so amazing, as each one catalyzed another. I started with a list then expanded on it, filling our the details of each event. Making art, doing a collage, finding and framing a photo of your Golden Child and putting it where you can see it each day can help integrate this aspect of our younger, pure, radiant self, and shift the paradigm of your present identity.

 

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10 Questions That Have No Right to Go Away

The thought-provoking poet David Whyte considers what we should be asking ourselves—especially when we least want to confront our own answers.

By David Whyte
June 15, 2011


The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering. Nine years ago, I wrote a poem called "Sometimes" in which I talked about the "questions that can make or unmake a life ... questions that have no right to go away."

I still work with this idea. Questions that have no right to go away are those that have to do with the person we are about to become; they are conversations that will happen with or without our conscious participation. They almost always have something to do with how we might be more generous, more courageous, more present, more dedicated, and they also have something to do with timing: when we might step through the doorway into something bigger, better—both beyond ourselves and yet more of ourselves at the same time.

If we are sincere in asking, the eventual answer will give us both a sense of coming home to something we already know as well a sense of surprise—not unlike returning from a long journey to find an old friend sitting unexpectedly on the front step, as if she'd known, without ever being told, not only the exact time and date of your arrival but also your need to be welcomed back.

Here are my 10 Questions That Have No Right to Go Away.

1) Do I know how to have real conversation?

A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want. To do this requires vulnerability. Now we tend to think that vulnerability is associated with weakness, but there's a kind of robust vulnerability that can create a certain form of strength and presence too.

There are many tough conversations, but one of the most difficult is between a parent and an adolescent daughter, partly because as a parent we are almost always attempting to relate to someone who is no longer there. The parent therefore usually tries to start the conversation by offering a perspective that the daughter finds not only out of date but also unhelpful; the daughter then replies by way of defense with something just a shade more unhelpful, and so the process continues. A year or so ago, I found myself in exactly this dynamic, my daughter's bedroom door slamming shut just as I was just about to say that last, deeply satisfying unhelpful thing.

But I caught myself and said, "David, this isn't a real conversation. How do you make this a real conversation?" I gave it the old 10-minute cooldown time, walked into the kitchen, made tea and put out a tray, and on the tray: a plate of cookies, a milk pitcher, a cup and a saucer. Then I knocked on her door and said in a very different, more invitational voice, "Come on, Charlotte, I've made tea. Let's go and have a talk."

As soon as I put the tray down and we had sat next to each other, almost by accident I happened to say exactly the right thing—I said, "Charlotte, tell me one thing you'd like me to stop doing as a father. And tell me one thing you'd like me to do more of." She suddenly gazed up at me with a lovely look in her eyes, one I knew from her very early infancy. She was engaged again because at last I was really inviting her to tell me who she had become—not who she had been or who I wanted her to be—but who she was now.

2) What can I be wholehearted about?

So many of us aren't sure what we're meant to do. We wonder if we're simply doing what others are doing because we feel we don't have enough ideas or even enough strength of our own.

There was a time, many years ago, working at a nonprofit organization, trying to fix the world and finding the world didn't want to be fixed as quickly as I'd like, that I found myself exhausted, stressed and finally, after one particularly hard day, at the end of my tether, I went home and saw a bottle of fine red wine I had left out on the table that morning before I left. No, I did not drink it immediately, though I was tempted, but it reminded me that I was to have a very special guest that evening.

That guest was an Austrian friend, a Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, the nearest thing I had to a really wise person in my life at that time or at any time since. We would read German poetry together—he would translate the original text, I read the translations, all the while drinking the red wine. But I had my day on my mind, and the mind-numbing tiredness I was experiencing at work. I said suddenly, out of nowhere, almost beseechingly, "Brother David, speak to me of exhaustion. Tell me about exhaustion."

And then he said a life-changing thing. "You know," he said, "the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest."

"What is it then?"

"The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. You're so exhausted because you can't be wholehearted at what you're doing...because your real conversation with life is through poetry."

It was just the beginning of a long road that was to take my real work out into the world, but it was a beginning.

What do I care most about—in my vocation, in my family life, in my heart and mind? This is a conversation that we all must have with ourselves at every stage of our lives, a conversation that we so often don't want to have. We will get to it, we say, when the kids are grown, when there is enough money in the bank, when we are retired, perhaps when we are dead; it will be easier then. But we need to ask it now: What can I be wholehearted about now?

3) Am I harvesting from this year's season of life?

"Youth is wasted on the young" is the old saying. But it might also be said that midlife is wasted on those in their 50s and eldership is very often wasted on the old.

Most people, I believe, are living four or five years behind the curve of their own transformation. I see it all the time, in my own life and others. The temptation is to stay in a place where we were previously comfortable, making it difficult to move to the frontier that we're actually on now.

People usually only come to this frontier when they have had a terrible loss in their life or they've been fired or some other trauma breaks open their story. Then they can't tell that story any more. But having spent so much time away from what is real, they hit present reality with such impact that they break apart on contact with the true circumstance. So the trick is to catch up with the conversation and stay with it —where am I now?—and not let ourselves become abstracted from what is actually occurring around us.

If you were a farmer, and you tried to harvest what belonged to the previous season, you'd exhaust yourself trying to bring it in when it's no longer there. Or attempting to gather fruit too early, too hard or too late and too ripe. A person must understand the conversation happening around them as early in the process as possible and then stay with it until it bears fruit.

4) Where is the temple of my adult aloneness?

In 1996, I wrote a poem called "The House of Belonging." In it, I spoke about the small, beautifully old house I came to live in after the end of my first marriage. In the poem, I wrote:

This is the temple of my adult aloneness
and I belong to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

That temple was the house I moved into after the end of a chapter in my life. There I would live alone, but also with my son a good deal of the time. It was a new start. There was a great deal of grief in letting go of the old, but I was so very excited about my new home. I felt that even though it was such a small house and an old house, it had endless new horizons for me, as if the rest of my life was just beginning from that place. It is important to have the equivalent of this house at every crucial stage in our lives. Where do you have that feeling of home? Do you have it in your apartment? Do you have it when you walk along the lakeshore or the seashore? Where do you have that sense of spaciousness with the horizon and with your future?

Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher, said that one of the beautiful things about a home is that it is a place where you can dream about your future, and that a good home protects your dreams; it is a place where you feel sheltered enough to risk yourself in the world.

5) Can I be quiet—even inside?

All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone—and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.

Being quiet in the midst of a frenetic life is like picking up a new instrument. If you've never played the violin and you try to play it for the first time, every muscle in your body hurts. Your neck hurts, you don't know how to hold that awkward wavy thing called a bow, you can't get your knuckles round to touch the strings, you can't even find where the notes are, you are just trying to get your stance right. Then you come back to it again, and again, and suddenly you can make a single buzzy note. The time after that, you can make a clearer note. No one, not even you, wants to listen to you at first. But one day, there is a beautiful succession of notes and, yes, you have played a brief, gifted, much appreciated passage of music.

This is also true for the silence inside you; you may not want to confront it at first. But a long way down the road, when you inhabit a space fully, you no longer feel awkward and lonely. Silence turns, in effect, into its opposite, so it becomes not only a place to be alone but also a place that's an invitation to others to join you, to want to know who's there, in the quiet.

6) Am I too inflexible in my relationship to time?

In Ireland, where I spend a great deal of time, they say, "The thing about the past is that it isn't the past." Sometimes we forget that we don't have to choose between the past or the present or the future. We can live all of these levels at once. (In fact, we don't have a choice about the matter.)

If you've got a wonderful memory of your childhood, it should live within you. If you've got a challenging relationship with a parent, that should be there as part of your identity now, both in your strengths and weaknesses. The way we anticipate the future forms our identity now. Time taken too literally can be a tyranny. We are never one thing; we are a conversation—everything we have been, everything we are now and every possibility we could be in the future.

7) How can I know what I am actually saying?

Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. We need that same skill as an art of survival. We need to overhear the tiny but very consequential things we say that reveal ourselves to ourselves.

I have one friend who, when she is in a quandary, goes out for a drive in her car and sings. Whatever she's grappling with, she sings about it—to the windscreen, to the road, to the oncoming traffic. Then she overhears herself singing how she actually feels about something and what she should do about it.

Sometimes she pulls up to a stoplight, other people look over and she's singing, slightly crazed, into the windscreen, but that's her way of finding out.

8) How can I drink from the deep well of things as they are?

In the West of Ireland, there are very old, very sacred wells everywhere. The locals call them "blessed wells" or "holy wells." At them, you find notes to the dead, bits of ribbon, keepsakes that people have left when they've said a prayer for a child or someone who's sick. Often a local church will have a Mass out there once a year. These holy wells are everywhere, and they're part of the local imagination and have been for thousands of years.

So to me, a well, a place where the water springs eternal all year round, is a very real, blessed place to stop and think. Almost always, when I'm struggling over a particular situation, I realize that I am only looking at the surface of the problem and refusing to go for the deeper dynamic that caused all the tension in  the first place.

All intimate relationships—close friendships and good marriages—are based on continued and mutual forgiveness. You will always trespass upon your friend's sensibilities at one time or another, or your spouse's. The only question is, Will you forgive the other person? And more importantly, Will you forgive yourself? We have to deepen our understanding, make ourselves more equal to circumstances, more easy with what we have been given or not given. We must drink from the deep well of things as they are.

9) Can I live a courageous life?

If you look at the root of the word "courage," it doesn't mean running under the machine-gun bullets of the enemy, wearing a Sylvester Stallone headband, with glistening biceps and bandoliers of ammunition around one's neck. The word "courage" comes from the old French word coeur meaning "heart." So "courage" is the measure of your heartfelt participation in the world.

Human beings are constantly trying to take courageous paths in their lives: in their marriages, in their relationships, in their work and with themselves. But the human way is to hope that there's a way to take that courageous step—without having one's heart broken. And it's my contention that there is no sincere path a human being can take without breaking his or her heart.

There is no marriage, no matter how happy, that won't at times find you wanting and break your heart. In raising a family, there is no way to be a good mother or father without a child breaking that parental heart. In a good job, a good vocation, if we are sincere about our contribution, our work will always find us wanting at times. In an individual life, if we are sincere about examining our own integrity, we should, if we are really serious, at times, be existentially disappointed with ourselves.

So it can be a lovely, merciful thing to think, "Actually, there is no path I can take without having my heart broken, so why not get on with it and stop wanting these extra-special circumstances which stop me from doing something courageous?"

10) Can I be the blessed saint that my future happiness will always remember?

Here's the explanation for what sounds like a strange question. I have a poem called "Coleman's Bed" about a place in the West of Ireland where the Irish saint Coleman lived. The last line of that poem calls on the reader to remember "the quiet, robust and blessed saint that your future happiness will always remember."

We go to places of pilgrimage where saints have lived, or even to Graceland, where Elvis lived, because these people gave something to the rest of us—music or good works— that has carried on down the years and that was a generous gift to the future.

But that blessed saint could also be yourself—the person who, in this moment, makes a decision that can make a bold path into the years to come and whom your future happiness will always remember. What could you do now for yourself or others that your future self would look back on and congratulate you for—something it could view with real thankfulness because the decision you made opened up the life for which it is now eternally grateful?


David Whyte is the author of The Three Marriages, Crossing the Unknown Sea, and poetry collections including River Flow and Everything is Waiting for You.

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Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver. Online Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a New Beginning

by John O’Donohue


In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety,
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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