3.25.20 … “ in working one’s way through the labyrinth of one’s present circumstances that one comes to realize one’s purpose and a final meaning for existence.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (30/40), 2020 Lenten Lists, researching labyrinths, virtual labyrinth walk @ home-Charlotte NC:

Today is Gloria Steinem’s birthday. She is 86. “[Feminism is] the belief in the full social, economic, political equality of males and females. And that’s it…It has been demonized as if it meant ‘man-hating’ or I don’t know what, but actually, it just simply means shared humanity, equality.” –Gloria Steinem. I used to dislike the word”feminism,” but fully support the concept. I think I need to walk and ponder this,

I didn’t walk today, but I did do a great deal of pondering. I have allowed opinions to separate me from people I love and respect. And sometimes it is merely vocabulary that I allow to create barriers. So I enjoyed this take on labyrinths today:

This is certainly evident in the mandalas of Tantric literature from India and, most notably, in the Rigveda (c. 1500 BCE) in which the various books progress along the same lines as a labyrinth where one travels a spiritual path alone to eventually merge one’s inner journey with the outer world. Carl Jung (1875-1961 CE) saw the labyrinth as a symbol of this reconciliation between the inner self and the external world. Scholar Mary Addenbrooke writes:

[Jung] describes the effect of being “gloriously, triumphantly drunk. There was no longer any inside or outside, no longer an ‘I’ and the ‘others’, No. 1 and No. 2 were no more (he is referring to his sense of having two dissimilar personalities within him); “caution and timidity were gone and the earth and sky, the universe and everything in it that creeps and flies, revolves, rises, or falls, had all become one.” (1)

Jung discusses the journey through the labyrinth in his Stages of Life:

When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. But to penetrate the darkness we must summon all the powers of enlightenment that consciousness can offer… The serious problems in life are never fully solved. If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost. The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not in its solution but in our working at it incessantly. This alone preserves us from stultification and petrifaction. (11)

The people of the ancient world seem to have understood this concept long before Jung articulated it so eloquently. The labyrinth, finally, is the journey of the self to wholeness. Although the ancient Egyptians or Greeks may not have phrased it this way, their architecture and myths point to the same conclusions Jung and other later psychologists have come to: that it is in working one’s way through the labyrinth of one’s present circumstances that one comes to realize one’s purpose and a final meaning for existence.

Mark, Joshua J. “Labyrinth.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Apr 2018. Web. 24 Mar 2020.

And today is Albert’s adoption anniversary … we think he is about 8.

Preserve me from stultification and petrifaction …


2020 Lenten Lists

Vocabulary for today

1. Feminism

2. stultification

3. petrifaction

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