themselves and these times of discord, doubt and discontent are an excellent lever to set this transformation in process.
Now I’m gonna go all hippie-dippy on you. Before you turn the page, let me tell you something - these guys had more going on than drugs. Some of them had a drug of spirit that said by turning away from the world one is able to embrace it. This isn’t a new concept – it’s been whispered down through the ages, audible to the few who could decipher it in the din.
Anthony de Mello, SJ, wrote, in the mid part of the 20th century:
“How shall I help the world?"
"By understanding it," said the Master.
"And how shall I understand it?"
"By turning away from it."
"How then shall I serve humanity?"
"By understanding yourself."
A belief system like that got Father Mello, a Jesuit priest, into hot water with the Catholic Church. (It’s not the only or first time a Jesuit found himself in hot water with the Catholic Church - that’s a whole other topic.) But the establishment’s resistance to a thought process that evolved into a free-thinking approach to what it means to be human and pathways to understanding that are outside the norm of convention is not an uncommon response to an individual seeking serenity.
Sometimes circumstances present themselves in such a way that at first they feel like impediments – like roadblocks in our journey. Instead, if we turn the thing on its head and look at it from new angles, we can see that we’re being presented with chances, openings, breaks – a chance to change, an opening to advance, a break to take a breath, capture our thoughts and then act.
The “unknowing” aspect of this experience is rich with possibility. Heather Bussing, one of our more disciplined and formidable minds here on RBC, pointed us to a little ditty rich with meaning in her recent post, “Not Knowing is Sometimes Exactly The Right Place to Start.”
There are some of us who will “awake” during these times. And there are some who will keep on dozing, their time not yet come. As an exercise towards “awakening” I thought it might be fun to list the things we all wanted to be when we grew up. Don’t be afraid to sound silly - I’ll go first.
A princess (who wouldn’t?)
A skin doctor (always fascinated by morbidity)
A treasure hunter (I sorta’ am one, aren't I?)
How ‘bout you?…