Two ways to be lost

Whatever imbalance of soul we look at, it can be mapped onto a dynamic between self and world.

We may think the world is to blame for our woes; or that we are to blame for the woes of the world.

We may ward off encounter as an attack, seeking refuge in our shell, or we may flow out too far and lose ourself in the other.

We may be proud or we may be self-abnegating. 

We may be a victim or the perpetrator.

These two extremes are the reflection of summer and winter in the soul. In summer we stream out and become one with the cosmos; in winter we withdraw into our own shell.

Learning to negotiate these extremes is a part of the art of being human. Learning to understand our own and others’ one-sidedness helps us to deal with the world and each other. 

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