We need to create true community. Technology has allowed us to retreat into our private world and exclude the rest. Now we pay the prize.
We need meaningful rituals. Binge watching Netflix with your roomie does not count.
So where to start? Let's look at what the man who wrote 'The Masks of God' has to say.
Joseph Campbell famously said: for a deity to be useful the deity has to be transparent for the transcendent. Wow! I want to go in a cave and meditate on that one for the next ten years. Hopefully you all will be around when I then come out.
It means, I believe, that if we are able to relate to this container in a direct, truthful way, we possibly can transcend our confining ideas about. time, f.e. and that would make it possible to connect with something infinite and absolute.
That’ ain't happening for many people I know. Scientifically trained minds often don’t surrender to the unknown, the formless, they can’t stand that. Our medical system and technical systems rely on scientific methods and whatever doesn’t fit gets excluded. This leads to a distortion and we see the consequences in our environment, in our political system etc. Yes, I will write a lot more about that shortly.
If we insist on our need to grasp and understand something we cannot grasp and understand that leads to disagreement with those who worship somethin' else than we do.
People die for what they idolize. This results in endless violence -– we see it on what's shown between the commercials every day.
Nobody likes to be vulnerable, nobody likes to be perceived as weak. The ones in power always argue that the other guys do it too and started it first. They don’t allow the unknown. It’s scary to surrender to something bigger, the formless, the transparent, and yet if we could truly do that we might get to respect all of creation not just ourselves. We might unite.
Insight does not come easy. Monks do that, they fast, they prey, they submit themselves entirely.
There are other ways to connect for the modern, time crunched mystic: Archetypes.