Shadow, darkness, pointy hats, trick or treat, shadow, soul, surrender, black hats, shadow, candles, more candles, dogs, in and out, as within so without. And a costume. M A G I C.
Earlier today I’ve offered a little piece of magic to some folks doing intense shadow work. Grand scale, as anything less won’t cut it. I offered a reflection on how one can make it easy on oneself, how one can sincerely kiss the shadow, embrace it, and allow it to perform the great job it does when it creates impossible situations, when it dramatizes the projections of self-pity and self-sacrifice into the world, when it sends us to hell.
So I said:
For my part, I just say ‘Yes’ – and mean it – to the idea (or fact) that everything is always already as it should be.
It’s a tall order to wrap our heads around this nondualist notion, because the ‘everything is as it should be’ bypasses structural thinking, and we think and speak in structures.
But here, in the ‘everything is as it should be’ we are with the simple, with ‘the thing itself’.
I recited this mantra while walking the dog:
‘Yes. Simply yes, to a helping hand from the universe.’
Just that. The second I finished the thought, the dog picked up a lost glove. Just in case I was beginning to doubt myself, there was a hand. Obviously someone had to lose that glove in order for me to consolidate the ‘simple’. All is fair.
Magic works because it’s simple. It is so simple that it fools us. We think we need to make it more complicated through rituals, and re-settings of our minds, but, and get this:
The purpose of ritual is not to help magic be accomplished, but to help us get past our incredulity.
In and of itself magic is simple. That’s the secret to magic. That’s the magic in magic.
Enjoy your Halloween, and the smell of souls. Don’t forget to go naked, soul naked, under your costumes. And if you should run out of inspiration, or have a cold, like me, then sit by your computer, light some candles, and imagine you’re a character in Stanley Kubrik’s Barry Lyndon while you’re using Webcam to shoot a film of yourself for all posterity to marvel at. Future generations of nondualists will recognize you. They will take their pointy hats off, and say to the general public, ‘now, there is one who is not waiting,’ or more precisely yet, ‘there is one who is waiting in eternity’.
You can also help me prepare the ground and make the right assumptions about the participants in the class. Have a look at this short SURVEY. Hit send, if you’re interested, and let me know where you’re at. Cheers.