The human organism, man or woman, has changed little over the centuries. We are the same animal that we were 5,000 years ago. Our needs as people are just the same. The social boundaries that guaranteed so much are no longer there. We live in the glorious freedom of a bigger cage with thinner bars. Our personal power has expanded enormously. Next week I fly to China, this week I’m eating fruit from Chile and drinking wine from France. In my pocket I have more computing power than anyone could have dreamed of only fifty years ago. How am I, an inexperienced adult of eighteen or an aging seventyish person, going to handle the power thrust on me and come to terms with the 5
latent needs created by my simply being an individual?
There are dozens of self-help scenarios and disciplines: yoga, meditation, exercise regimens and diets galore being touted as the answer to our modern issues. All of them are potentially helpful, yet none of them answer the kind of question that bubbles to the surface when we look deep in the mirror.
So this book is not a book of answers, but one of how we might access the deepest parts of ourselves and allow those profound elements of ourselves to come out to play. This is difficult and scary, for in this game of hide and seek, knowing oneself means you are naked and vulnerable with nowhere to hide. When I first rappelled off a 200-foot cliff, I had to walk backward till my point of balance transferred from my own feet to the rope that was to belay me. I had to step back off the cliff beyond the point of no return, with just a half inch rope to hold me. I was both terrified and thrilled.
I found I could defy gravity, walk down the cliff face, and even dance from side to side. This is the same kind of thrill as exploring the great spaces within ourselves.
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