Sunday, June 22, 2014

A (very) brief history of Quakers

I've been attending a Quaker Meeting in my area..  I'm always impressed by the leadership and creativity of Quakers that I meet.    Is this because some Meetings don't have formal leadership and group members need to step into their own leadership and creativity?  I'm hoping more people discover that Quaker worship actually fits our contemporary world very well.  Their hour of silent worship has similarities to Buddhist meditation and mindfulness.  I've read that Carl Jung thought highly of Quakerism.  There are many ways that this religion aligns well with Jungian principles.
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Love this story from Jung about his talk with Pueblo Indians

An Indian explained Sun worship and how the ceremonial dances helped the entire world.


I then realized on what the “dignity,” the tranquil composure of the individual Indian, was founded. It springs from his being a son of the sun; his life is cosmologically meaningful, for he helps the father and preserver of all life in his daily rise and descent. If we set against this our own self-justifications, the meaning of our own lives as it is formulated by our reason, we cannot help but see our poverty. Out of sheer envy we are obliged to smile at the Indians’ naiveté and to plume ourselves on our cleverness; for otherwise we would discover how impoverished and down at the heels we are. Knowledge does not enrich us; it removes us more and more from the mythic world in which we were once at home by right of birth.

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