"Just some of the everyday phrases we owe our wonderful 450 year old birthday boy." - @stephenfry
The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one way or another. Bringing Shadow material into consciousness drains its dark power, and can even recover valuable resources from it. The greatest power, however, comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrated them as components of your Self. Everyone carries Shadows, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
St. Gregory the Illuminator said, ‘We make Idols of our concepts, but wisdom is born of wonder.’ In more modern jargon, we easily hypnotize ourselves with our current models—our maps of existence, our latest reality-tunnels—and wisdom begins when we are shocked out of this hypnosis and realize again that appearances are our own Mickey Mouse creations and we don’t know what is ‘behind’ these appearances.
St. George in Catalonia
Today, a friend told me my new favorite thing ever:
"When I was in Barcelona, a tour guide told us St. George’s Day is a big deal in Catalonia, as he is their patron saint. On St. George’s Day, all the men give the women in their lives (wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, good friends) a rose and a book."
A rose and a book! Best holiday idea ever. Dear women in my life, this is happening from now on, every April 23rd, enjoy.
As the warmer weather approaches, exercise options expand dramatically. While I was in the city for the past two years my axe was in storage - I’m really looking forward to getting some time in with it this year.
Today is St George’s Day. Although we should choose our battles, dragons must be met and fought.
There is another world, but it is in this one.
A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams and a world in which there is hope.
The secret of dreams is that subject and object are the same. The object is self-luminous, fluent in form, multivalent in its meanings. It’s your dream, the manifestation of your will, and yet you are surprised by it … Write down your dreams. They are your myths.
My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.