Monday, 31 July 2017

Awakening the Mythic Mind

For we should not forget the stories, that live within the land upon which we live. For science may tell us of what it is made. The tales and stories tell us of who.


Before we got so pigeon holed about science versus belief. Before religion became the dogmatic shell of it's former beauty we held faith in the one fact, that this beaiutiful world in which we live and experience is full of mystery, magic was not how we think today, it was just another manifestation of that. Indeed magic at it's essence is the opening up and experiencing of mystery. Some of the the early pioneers of science held still the sanctity of the the great mystery. This is not to say all religion and all science does not feel the draw of the great mystery but we live in a world where the magic of reality is being stripped and replaced with artificial realities, experienced through the digital eye of a camera. Not experienced or felt at the deepr levels.

You see the thing is, magic, mystery and old tales bring to life the landscape at the level of imgination and emotion. As I write this I am house sitting in a small stone cottage on the Welsh- English border, on the train journey to get here I saw, waiting, looking over the top of an old twisted hedge the form of a dragon, just picture that for a moment, imagine what it would be like if you were to glance across a field, spotting a dragon, hunched over a hedge. Awaiting some passer-by, to jump out a steal his pic-nic. How would it feel, right now, as you think about the dragon, in a field, who do you become in relationship to now, and the possibility that I saw a dragon, waiting for you, or for me, over a hedge?


This, dragon, I will tell you was actually a piece of farm machinery with a large spout. In my mind, in my inagination it became a dragon. There will now be for me always a richer connection to that journey. Did you feel dissappointed when I told you the reality? We have our conscious rational minds, we have our subconscious minds. The subconscious is home to imagination, creativity, our dreams and desires. The conscious is the rational, logical. If we are only experiencing reality from the rational then we are deeply under experiencing. The subconscious is vast in comparison  to the conscious mind, to not feed and allow that part of our experiencing to be a part of us is to deny life itself. It is said that in a battle between the will and the imagination the imagination would win. By letting ourselves experience at both levels we expand our ablity to grow, to function and to become in the world.

By allowing our minds to explore the mythic realities we engage with deeper meaning, not just of where we are but of who we are.

To feed the imagination is to feed the soul!

You cannot see the full horizon if you choose to see just through one little window.

We need to step outside the house of the rational, the scientific and allow the mythic to live within us.

How do we do this?

Drop into your local library, go online or buy a book or two about your local folklore, mythology and customs. Submerge yourself for a week or two in finding out as much as you can about your area's mythic map and then go out, visit and explore.

As you go into those places, where you feel the old stories, imagining them as happening, now as you witness them from the viewpoint of your imagination. You can begin now to uncover, how that feels, to be in that place where the magical has taken place. To see now, with  eyes that are not just
black and white, but to really know how it is to allow your imagination, to interweve with the environment in which these tales, stories and customs have taken place. Seeing that even now as you think about how that might feel, the excitement of catching from the corner of the eye a shape in the rock, the sound of the brook, the changing light between day and night that feeds the imagination bringing more to life than you have ever before perceived. And it feels good, to feel that ancient resonance with the place you walk, the area you live. Awakening the mythic brings us to a healthier state of well-being, mentally and physically.

When we start to awaken the imagination, in relationship to our environment we start to hold a deeper respect for where we live, we become, for part, mythic in our own nature. The vast resevoir of symbol that lies within the subconscious becomes alive in our dreams, we find new ways of being and living, solving problems and being who we tuly are.

It would be great to hear about your experiences with awakening the mythic.

Feel free to message me at thepilgrimsgrove@gmail.com

Until next time... :-)

Much Love and Blessings.


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