I'm up this morning with a lot of tasty bits on my plate like putting my monthly homework together, an advanced meditation student, and a long-term healing client on the road to awakening and recovery.
You may have heard of Oliver Sacks, most popularly known for the movie based on his book, Awakenings. He's penned other musings and books on consciousness from his unique perspective and personal shifts. Oliver Sacks recently passed away (Sunday) and NPR highlighted some of his work, which I excerpted below, and this got me thinking.
There are so many elements of my life that have entered a state of the mythic, or mystic, when I have learned to walk into the crack that sudden departure, grief and trauma, or ritualized spiritual experience has shown me.
We're in a media age where youth culture dominates the popular spiritual content with "positive vibes," or discussions on closed circle teaching and "micro-aggressions" usually with subtext that insists or insinuates that people just don't understand.
I think there is a lot of legroom for understanding when we get into the wound, when we stop shielding experiences with positivity, and start stepping into the truly mystical experience of living with what is uncomfortable, with grief, with what the Buddhist have made a practice-shift out of, suffering.
I do not believe it is humankind's point to live in tiny, closed information loops, and protective bubbles and illness, and trauma teach us the value of being broken open, so that we can have deeper--what I would call--Spiritual Awareness.
You can listen to the full interview here at npr.
I ask myself many times where I find discomfort, "Is this unhealthy? Is this right for me and am I simply reacting because I am uncomfortable with the topic or situation; and can I learn from it if I shut up the judgement and justification and just listen?" Illness has a very loud, uncomfortable voice as many of us know, or will come to know in our lifetimes, and in our bodies, but it is an inevitability that we will suffer injury.
My take from this and many of life's experiences has been to learn to ask, "but what meaning can I find in this that takes me deeper and gives magick to what I am experiencing?"
Scott K Smith