Hepatica 2014 02 — McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, Mecklengburg County Park and Recreation, Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2014 T!hat which always has been called God does not withdraw even when we push away, and stalk off, pursue our own way and make one mess after another. That which has always been called God is always right there with us, within us, in the messes we make, saying, “Wow! You really outdid yourself this time! Let’s see what we can do with it! Let’s see how we might yet turn it to the good! Redeeming outlandish messes is what I do best!” And we, even yet, have it within our domain, to take the offer, and give ourselves to the joint work of redemption in full collaboration with the powers of the invisible world. But, of course, there is a catch, as there always is with these things. Marie Louise von Franz said the we can discover the mystery and power of the unconscious as an undeniable reality only when we are sincere—that is, in a good faith relationship with the unconscious, and not when we want “to harness its power for the furtherance of some conscious design.” To approach that which has always been called God with the idea of exploitation and personal profit is to create yet another mess—REALLY outdoing ourselves this time! We have to be sincere about collaborating with the unconscious. We have to live in good faith with the unconscious. And we have to do what needs to be done to redeem and restore, heal and make well, and turn things to the good—in spite of the difficulty and inconvenience involved—in each situation as it arises throughout what remains of the life yet to be lived. But, that’s really all there is to it. If we can do that much, turning things around in our life is a snap—and a blessing to all lives that intersect our own.

"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth."

- n.t. (via muse)

(via whenthethundercallsme)

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."

- from Zen Shin Talks (via try-to-shine)

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