By self-enchantment, alignment and iconoclasm the divine artist ensorcels belief, identifies with its apotheosis and, through his complete identification, the object or icon of belief ceases to be other. — Andrew Chumbley
“I think the only way to avoid going crazy is to get your story straight, and perhaps the only way you can get the story straight is to allow yourself in some sense to go mad. It is also true for mad men and mad women that everything is significant. Paranoids and schizophrenics and depressives deal with the world as if every falling leaf had – well, they take the world personally. That’s almost by definition a mad person. And I guess an artist has to do the same thing.”
In the soft places we meet not only our truest selves but those beings who are drawn to us. Whether they come to observe or communicate deep truths, we draw them with our words, our action and our being. They come from within and without. They may drive us mad or to a higher sanity than we have ever known
“I saw my earlier selves as different people, acquaintances I had outgrown. I wondered how I could ever have been some of them.” ― Roger Zelazny
At any given moment, we are both a snapshot and a tunnel. We are a snapshot in that the person who we are in this minute will not be who we are five minutes from now. The changes may be minor but they are present. Something may happen that will change an opinion, minor or major. Perhaps it may be something small like a food preference or perhaps something much more consequential. Our lives are after all a conglomeration of who we are in all of those moments perhaps extending even beyond our lifetimes in both directions.
We are tunnels in that in each present moment we connect all of our pasts with all of our futures in a constant dance of becoming.
Drawing from the void,we create ourselves from the inside out. Most think we renew ourselves at night and gain the energy we need to face our real lives. More and more I find the opposite to be true. Our daily lives ground us and gives us the energy we need to pursue our inner truer work. It is the night fire that gives us rebirth.