Layers Upon Layers: Learning to See Beyond Apparent Dichotomy

I was going to write a much longer post, but I can’t get this song out of my head. It pretty much sums up what I would have said. Those who get it will make the connection. Those who don’t wouldn’t have gotten it from a 2,000 word post anyway.

The Faeries’ Oracle cards from Brian Froud offered “The Pook” as commentary:

“It is time for the resolution of seeming contradictions and paradoxes in the situation. Someone or some part of the situation is cloaked in confusion, and our muddled thoughts must be stripped away, revealing truth. We just need to think about it, the information we needed is now available to us. And as soon as we have that burst of insight and get it, it’s time for us to make changes based on our newly clear understanding.

“Alternatively, it may be time for us to make a reality check on the good/bad labels we put on things. Make a list of the “good” (possibly even surprising things) about this situation, and another list about the “bad” ones. If you are not in the habit of seeing the good in the bad and the bad in the good, having preferred a black-and-white world rather than one with colors, you may need some help in learning to do this well.”

“You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.

Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.

You are not on your own path.

If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realize
your potential.” ~Joseph Campbell

 

“Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” ~ John Filmore

 

“As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.”
Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Revolution? Or evolution? We don’t need another hero, but I am certain we’ll find ourselves presented with one. Might as well make the best of it, eh? 😉

4 responses to this post.

  1. And who will it be this time…? Pray for peace, be peace, peace now.

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  2. Posted by Michele Geyer on November 10, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Powerful, Laura. Very Powerful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sing it tina!! thank you laura!

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  4. […] “As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.” ― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Revolution? Or evolution? We don’t need another hero, but I am certain we’ll find ourselves presented with one. Might as well make the best of it, eh? 😉 http://www.laurabruno.wordpress.com / link to original article […]

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