“…Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it…put on some music that you really love…Or get the book you like to read. In your sacred place you get the ‘thou’ feeling of life…” Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth.
ARE YOU MISSING THE “THOU” FEELING?
Life has become so not ‘thou’. The reverence and sacredness that made us sit up in awe of that something, that experience, has gone amiss from the modern world. Am I being nostalgic here? Perhaps. But I do miss that. Do you? Campbell spoke these words in the late 80s…some thirty years ago, and he was referring to his past. While we might not personally have lived it, we do get glimpses of these times in some movies. Even the reverence afforded to some professions that were known as vocations or callings, areas such as medicine and teaching, is no longer. And with this the devotion and specialness has generally become more sterile than sacred.
I am not saying that the past was better than the present. Nor would I want to go back to how things were. But perhaps if we gift ourselves the respect and reverence of that ‘thou’, of the sacredness of life, we wouldn’t have to go looking for our ‘bliss station,’ because it would be just as accessible to us as the practical of life. It’s definitely worth investing some of our time in doing this, in changing to a lower gear at regular intervals so we can feel the awe and sacredness of life, its richness, its “thou.”
I encourage you to bring the sacred back into your life and to make that stop to your bliss station more often. For sure you deserve it…