Alex Vandenberg | Waking Times
“A life so concluded, that God is not robbed of the soul, which yet can with dignity win the world’s favor: that is a worthy work.”- Wolfram von Eschenbach
When wandering into the wilderness guided by the light of the heart, one embarks on a journey that can be downright taxing, toilsome, and austere. Climbing out of Plato’s Cave entails all sorts of slippery slopes, twists and turns, dead ends, cul de sacs, ominous signposts, hazards, etc. Paradigm shifts are a matter of course as you are essentially unlearning everything you learned so that you can start to learn. Along the way, one inexorably discovers all sorts of little gems that start to add up. If these gems are invested properly they tend to yield a profitable return. Some of them come in the form of little nuggets of wisdom that serve to weaken the hold of the ego as the dominant part of the personality, thereby help us dust off that connecting link to Intent.
While reading through the following, take notice of how some of the sentiments subtly hint at the nature of the Self and the Alchemical Great Work, not to mention the universe which is an energetic expression of the Self. In addition, take notice of how many possess an inherently paradoxical flavor which tends to mirror the definition of the Self put forth by Dr. Carl Jung– a super-ordinate, transcendental, paradoxical third outside of spacetime and yet containing it. Taken together then, it’s almost as if we somehow get closer to God by becoming like God. As if the prescription for opening oneself up to Power is cloaked in contradiction. Which if you think about it makes perfect sense. For how could one become Whole by eliminating half? Is not the iron forged between the hammer and the anvil? Did not the Buddha follow the Middle Way?