The deep human need to violently break from conformity…


“A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages…”  Hermann Hesse

It seems the human need, deep within us all, to violently break from conformity has either led to  destruction or necessary change. But, an attempt to relate to the dark complexity of humanity brings understanding and connects us further.

THE YEAR OF ANONYMOUS QUOTES.


Since the creation of books, various works have been published and written anonymously, often due to their political or controversial nature, or merely for the purposes of the privacy of their authors. They are often the most enigmatic, relatable, and profound. For the next year, along with my regular posts, I’ll be sharing the best anonymous quotes I can find. I’ll begin with my personal favorite…ENJOY!:)

“We are all in the process of Becoming – it is dangerous, painful, joyous, bloody work and even though there are days it tears me like tissue, I would not, I cannot, go back.”

 

The poet Rumi reminds us, “Don’t go back to sleep.”

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”
-Rumi-

Lost?

Lost?…Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger, must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. Lost? The forest knows where you are. You must let it find you. -David Wagoner

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Take a breath…

In field and forest, and in the animal world sheltered therein, indeed in every garden, a reality is perceptible that is infinitely more real, older, deeper and more wondrous than everything made by people, and that will yet endure, when the inanimate, mechanical and concrete world again vanishes, becomes rusted and falls into ruin.” -Albert Hofmann

To all those who transitioned this past year…

We are not created or destroyed, we are constantly transferred, shifted and renewed. Everything we are is given to us. Death does not come when a body is too exhausted to live. Death comes, because the brilliance inside us can only be contained for so long. We do not die. We pass on. We pass on the lightning burning through our throats. when you leave me I will not cry for you. I will run into the strongest wind I can find and welcome you home.” Michael Lee.