we are amazing, mysterious beings leading amazing, mysterious lives, and we need to keep discovering new ways to remind ourselves of this, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary*
There is an art to making history, and it has everything to do with storytelling, and good storytelling is personal, layered, symbolic, and complex.’**
(Terry Tempest Williams)
Sacrilege is the stealing of sacred things.
Often it is we ourselves who are the thieves. Not to explore our amazing, mysterious lives is self-theft:
What we must do is often lurking in the darkness; we must dream it into the light.
We know life is special but we’re often distracted from this, perhaps only catching a glimpse of what it can be in someone else’s painting or poem or story or movie … .
I suspect dysfunctional religions are to blame, too, when they say “it has to be this, it can’t be that.”
In seeing our lives as stories we’re creating and capturing the rituals of our lives. They make it possible to bring our attention to the significant-ordinary, the sacredness of everything. When you think about being here on this planet, and everything required to make this possible, it is pretty amazing. I’m very happy to live with this.
We are creators of the sacred when we bring the power of our imagination to play upon the pressure of reality.^ Ben Hardy writes about it this way:
‘You design your worldview by proactively shaping your external inputs, such as the information you consume, the people you surround yourself with, the places you go, and the experiences you have. Most people, however, reactively and mindlessly respond to whatever environments they find themselves in, and then develop a worldview leading to ineffective behaviour and victimhood.’^^
Hardy is saying we blame our environments for what happens to us but we have allowed those environments to be formed:
‘If you don’t shape your environment, it will shape you.’^^
This is a fragile life but there is also an antifragile life.*^ We need ways of reminding one another that we are the creators of our own environments of possibility, in which we then interact and develop. This is where rituals and stories and the sacred become important. If this is true then Joseph Jaworski’s words make sense:
‘Each of us has the capacity for awe, wonder, and reverence.’ *^
Each can develop this capacity. It won’t arrive in an app, though, or some “twelve days to your perfect life” book – although these may be included from time to time.
It comes from forming the vital practices of life that allow us to create profound environments with which we can explore life-in-all-its-fullness.
(*From gapingvoid’s blog: Seeking: A Higher Love.)
(**From Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)
(^See Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Wallace Stevens on reality, Creativity, and our Greatest Self-Protection from the Pressure of the News.)
(^^From Ben Hardy’s Willpower Doesn’t Work.)
(*^See Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile.)
(^*From Joseph Jaworski’s Source.)