This post’s quote: “Are you a body that has a Soul or are you a Soul that has a body?”
It has lately been popular to describe divisiveness within our electorate as “identity politics.” Following the principle that “we tend to become what we put our attention on,” let us forget politics and wonder instead about what may uplift us: “identity metaphysics.” Turning away from outer divisive dramas, can we find wholeness and unity within our subjective beings? Can we find peace within amidst a world of conflict and strife?
Mythosophy answers yes. Mythosophy, the Wisdom of Myth deals with identity, specifically, your identity as a being involved in your own story (your life story) and learning your life’s wisdom; finding your true voice and speaking your truth; your true words. When living your spiritual vision you become heroic.
Fear often blocks us and shuts us up.
Dr. Robert Shiller (Nobel Laureate in Economics) recently returned from the annual economics meeting in Davos, Switzerland and observed a profound unease and fear in investors. (CNBC 1/28/15) To summarize, things are changing so fast that investors are extremely uncertain about the future and fearful that their jobs may no longer even be in existence much less that they would be gainfully employed in any endeavor. This fear combined with the last market downturn in 2008 left many frozen with fear and not investing precisely when they should be. Dr. Shiller noted that part of this fear stems from the belief that whatever we know will likely be supplanted by some future technology (a future “app”) that will render us unnecessary. Dr. Shiller cited his own childhood efforts in learning the stars and constellations being now rendered unnecessary due to computer programs. Why expend the energy in learning astronomy or anything when there is, or will be, “an app for that?”
Technology can devalue the joy and accomplishment of learning, if we let it. However, let us never forget our inner subjective worlds where we filter and experience all of life. We don’t live in the outer world; we always live within.
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” (Folk Saying)
Don’t put all your hopes, dreams and ideals in the outer world, the objective basket. Hold the jewels of your inner consciousness close and treasure them. Choose carefully how you share your wealth.
It is natural to have some outward focus in order to make our way in the world, but too many are so lulled and seduced by outer reality that they ignore their inner beings. Some even question the very reality of their subjective selves. For example, many of us believe we are our physical bodies. If we focus all our attention, hopes, dreams and ideals into the outer world, we should not be surprised when some of them or all get broken. Worse, we are left inwardly unbalanced because we lack the poise derived from subjective growth. So enthralled are we with the outer world and the gifts of science and technology that we are inwardly immature.
Who am I? Who are you? What are we as beings? Are we primarily a physical body? Or, are we primarily our emotions? Are we our thoughts? Who are we? What do you identify with? Are you a body that has a Soul or are you a Soul that has a body? (Paraphrase: “…not that men are bodies and have souls, but that they are souls and have bodies.” From Rev. Dr. R. Thornton’s October 1881 paper to the Church of England’s Church Congress, New Castle)
Above the temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece was a saying, “Know thyself.”
What does it mean to know yourself? Examining the contents of consciousness, I witness thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations rising and falling away. Thoughts and feelings comprise a range from baser inclinations to more aesthetic moods. Intuition and subconscious urges inform mind, feeling, and even, occasionally, physical sensations. Yet, something more remains; me, the observer; the witnesser.
Who is this observer; this “witnesser?”
The answer to knowing ourselves is balanced between our subjective and objective experiences with strong emphasis or accent on the subjective. Mythosophy is preeminently a subjective exercise by means of sacred stories and sacred words. It is through our individual subjective awareness that we find our excellence and clarity. The outer, objective world is, in essence, merely the context through which we move; the setting and background of a theatrical production in which the plot unfolds via the actors. To be a good actor one must be a good observer; a good witnesser. This observer plays many roles in many dramas. Sometimes the part is well played; other times perhaps we need to learn our lines better. Call the observer consciousness “Soul” or “Higher Mind” it is nonetheless the actor choosing what part to play.
Are we not Souls projected into objective experiences as actors are projected into the stages and plots of their play? We forget that we have contracted to perform in a theatrical production (one that spiritualy matters). Ego tells us our temporary roles are ultimately real, thus we chase the chimeras of material wealth and honorific titles.
Seek thy true stories; thy true words. Immerse and bathe in the wisdom of your subjectivity. There is solace therein. Your peace is in your heart. May our hearts beat in rhythm with the Heart of the Eternal.
There is no app for that.