January 30, 2007

Arousing Resonance

Here is a passage Aki shared from James Hollis, a Jungian depth psychologist. He has made some parenthetical additions.

"So as we sort through the rubble of historically charged images (of God, spirit, essence, love, the infinite...) by what standard do we gather them to our heart? It cannot be by their institutional authority alone. It cannot be because our family (or culture or church) or ethnic tradition embraced them. It can only be if they move us, that is set off a resonance within us. If such resonance occurs, the activation of like to like in some hidden harmony, then we know that that image has some meaning for us. No amount of will power or faith can, as such, arouse such resonance for us. When the spirit has departed, we cannot will it back. Though we may not understand why, when the spirit is present, we will be moved."


Trev Diesel said...

Wow, very interesting. Reminds me of the times/seasons where I'm not "feeling spiritual." There's not much one can do but wait it out... willing it is not enough. True inspiration comes from resonance, not because you hope it into existence.

(Any yet... I suppose there are things one can do to be more open and available to resonance, yes?)

Anne said...

Spirit is such a lovely lovely thing... How grateful I am for its presence in my life.
Blessings to you both.

Kuan Gung said...