This phrase ‘the seduction of safety’ occurs in Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey and it suddenly struck me as identifying a significant problem for many of us. That problem is the belief that the world is a dangerous place, and it’s not safe to be here actually alive in a physical body. This belief informs the matrix of existence here on earth, almost universally. It gives rise to a culture of fear that supports notions of ‘security’ on an industrial scale. It might even be dangerous to read this article.
I like to do crossword puzzles, I always have. There’s something about manipulating words and extracting obscured meanings that fascinates me. And just as I was wondering what this article needed to be about I came across a crossword clue that gave me the answer. The clue was the title above: This heartbreaking world (5). And the solution, if you’re not there ahead of me, is EARTH, because if you take the word HEART, break it up and rearrange the letters they make the word EARTH. Few of us haven’t experienced heartbreak of one form or another. But heartbreak isn’t the real issue, it’s what you do with it that matters. It’s the interpretations you make and the significance you attach to these that inform [in-form] you, and condition the life you lead. There’s no denying the agony of heartbreak. It devastates your inner… Read moreThis Heartbreaking World
The Edge … there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. Hunter S. Thompson Few of us have any idea of where a personal journey of self-discovery will lead us, when we set out. Generally the first step is to get beyond the New Year’s Resolution psychosis. You know, where you say you’re going to change things but never quite follow through. Just keeping your promises to yourself, when you’ve decided to make even minor changes in your life, is a major achievement. However success breeds success. So once a minor change has been accomplished the chances are you’ll notice something else that you want to change. It’s a bit like walking through a doorway only to find that there’s another door to go through, one that… Read moreThe Edge of Reason
The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. – e. e. cummings Being yourself may well be the biggest challenge you will face in life. Not least because it involves discovering who you are first, and that’s no mean feat in itself. Do you actually dare to consider who is actually walking around in your skin, or will you settle for who your world tells you it is? There’s a huge, complex, invisible structure that exists to tell you who you are and what you should do, think and feel. This structure is the cultural consensus. It’s a shifting interconnecting network of collective thought-forms – a mind field. The mind field comprises a combination of beliefs, stories, fears and the generalised interpretations of personal experience of every member of the social order…. Read moreWalking in the Mind Field