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Weathering the Storm

 

Practical Spirituality in Tough Times

Practical spirituality inspiring us through tough times is wholesome psychic nourishment in Moon Book’s Free Kindle Download, Weathering the Storm. We’ve all felt vulnerable during this Covid-19 crisis. I’ve been treating patients in depth psychotherapy whose dream life now teems with dark dimensions of fear and travail. Never in our lifetime have we faced a global pandemic. Dream symbolism in my own life and in the shared experiences of family and patients has spoken to the psychic underpinning of this worldwide disease. We are suffering through a world soul storm with the potential for cosmic transformation.

In the mythic and visionary story that undergirds Covid-19, we are propelled into making long-needed changes. Visionary stories, whether in a novel or lived out in daily life, are at their best when centered on crisis. Our society is in crisis, our soul shaken by crisis, our life altered and permanently transformed. Last night my dream addressed the danger of disregarding the reality of Covid-19. Government officials of a particular ilk and citizens of malinformed perspective were shrugging off social distancing, proper hygiene, and vaccination. Wide-eyed, crazed minded, dimwitted and soulless folk exhaled a malodorous breath on the naive and unsuspecting. Terrible suffering ensued.

Cautionary Dream World Messages

Family and patients have encountered similar cautionary messages from the dream world. They warn us about what is transpiring so as to prohibit its advance via our psychic and political activism. Visionary dreams speak to issues of the world soul. Spiritual sickness has been injected into collective minds and hearts in the form of racism, misogyny, and capitalism run amuck. A dark and destructive archetypal realm opened up with the entrance of leaders propagating a hate-filled, totalitarian ideology. Covid-19 is the symptom.

Living out a terrifying visionary story such as we are now in with Covid-19 requires going deep and staying deep. Depth means recognizing what we can do to be aware of and mitigate the advance of the disease. We know about the steps to take practically (socially distancing, etc.), but of equal import is honing our consciousness about the underlying psychic reality. Dark and destructive spirits abound. They surround us. They are in the very atmosphere exhaling a malodorous breath of helplessness, fear, and despair.

Hope through this Visionary Storm

There is hope in every visionary story. It is at the core of the crisis. But, the price must be paid for the change to be made. Our price in weathering the Covid-19 storm and effecting a world soul revolution comes in the casting off spiritual numbness. It means facing up to the travails of a world soul infected by a hidden psychic disease. We need to examine our own collusion with racism, misogyny, capitalism run amuck, and authoritarian attitudes. Bad spirits creep in one person at a time, and one person at a time we can face the darkness within so as to rout out global toxicity.

Weathering the Storm with its powerful essays, inspires us to proactively live through the visionary drama of Covid-19. Most powerfully, this means psychic awareness of the forces of good and evil. They are at work in this world dramatic thriller. Let’s take time each day for soul work, time for reading and reflection, time to face the darkness within and without, and thereby set in motion critical dynamics for the revolution of the world soul.

“Live Deeply…Read Daily”

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Madness, Reading, and the Soul

 

Dreams last night popped with shocking images, some horrifying. They set me right and got me back on track. There’s nothing like a bit of shock and horror to shake up the soul. Oddly enough (or maybe not), I feel better. The week of doing depth therapy with traumatized patients, clearing the way through dark forests and troubling times, is settling ~ mind clearing. I think I’ll write, do hot yoga, great meals, and lots of love all weekend.

Soulful times generate soulful living. Reading is integral to my daily life, takes me into soul. There’s a place inside that can be nourished, satisfied, only through reading. I have to enter in visionary worlds that sometimes are horrifying, land me in a realm of madness as the protagonist encounters light and dark energies in daily life. It’s a time of conflict and pain, no resolution except by going through what needs to be gone through.

Reading visionary fiction is a lot like dreaming. In dreams, we can’t help, force or cajole, what’s going on or about to happen. I know there are people who try and control their dreams. The psyche does not take well to being controlled. There’s always kickback when we attempt to manipulate, conjure, what we want to happen. Old religions did this via prayer, thinking they knew what was best and wanted to force the hand of their god to comply. Healthily, sanely, we live in accord with life, letting events and dreams play themselves out as we consciously decide to find our way through tight spots.

Life is tough. Reading helps. Settling into an old chair, taking up a book we’re into and letting our mind go with the flow of the words and paragraphs and scenes – the story of a life and the mysteries and magic that take them by surprise – does something to us. It nurtures and strengthens our imagination. Stories make a difference in the quality of our life.

Madness is a private thing. It’s a matter of quality living. When we’re in touch with our private madness, we discover an imaginal world similar to the stories we’ve read. Feeling out of control, wanting to slow it up and shut it down, wishing things away only to make things worse is part and parcel of private madness. It’s our way of learning if we listen and give it a chance to speak.

So, give yourself some soul time. See if there might be a visionary novel that’s whispering your name. You’ll find that your unconscious mind guides you to just the right literary medicine. Trust your instincts, browse through your favorite online or brick-and-mortar book retailer, and pick up a copy of a story that just might touch your private madness and forever touch your soul.

Live Deeply…Read Daily”

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