A new phase of life is instigated by a shift in time within the psyche of the individual. Time is the reducing distance between the eternal realm and sensory existence. Even the slightest degree of change externalises as a departure from the known, not unlike altering the time signature in a musical score. The life takes on a different tempo and, with it, a renewed source of inspiration. When energy leakage is contained, there’s a speeding up of intelligence and, with this, a heightened perception. This is sometimes reflected in the softening of the hard outlines of physical forms and a deepening sensitivity to the impermanence of all things in existence.
Myth is the language of the spirit and the way in which the unknowable can be intuited. In moments when the past is neutralised as an impediment to the present, aspects of the vast memory of life can be glimpsed through intimations of humanity’s mythic origins. These highly creative energies rise up through the human psyche and can take form as mythical visions, patterns of symbolic purity, or as inspirational knowledge applied through some form of artistic expression. Most spiritually productive of all is to invoke the living power of myth as a state of consciousness through which love and truth can be realised. This is the point in the spiritual life when the search for truth becomes the main focus of the life.
The mythic potential of humanity reaches its zenith in the love between man and woman; only in real love does the mystery begin to unfold. Love is a continual process of refinement towards a simplicity and innocence that is the essence of true romance. The mystery of life is the womb, and the deepest yearning for woman is to unite with this sacred place and for man to enter it with love and reverence. The return to the womb through the challenges of life is the recurring theme of all of the great myths of antiquity.
True myth is energetic and the way that spirit or the indefinable source of life is able to communicate the truth of existence. The myth of King Arthur, as well as many others of the ancient world, endures in the human psyche, not only as rousing tales of heroism but because of the essential element that flows through them all. This is the romance of life: to uphold the virtue of love through chivalry and self-sacrifice unto death. To read the myths as fiction or academic tomes is not enough to invoke the living truth, if such a thing exists. An individual has to live a myth to have the power and strength of purpose to go against the forces of existence.
How is it possible to live a mythic life amidst the throb of the electronic age and the dull vibration of the material world? An effective way is in a love relationship where both partners commit themselves to discover a higher purpose by refusing to compromise with the emotional demands that usually sully the harmony of the situation. It’s a tall order, especially for man unless he’s willing to confront the unconscious force that has been controlling and manipulating his life. This demonic force is sex – the possessive psychic entity that manifests in mythology as the fire-breathing dragon that threatens the beautiful princess. Like King Arthur, a man must draw Excalibur from the bedrock of his past ignorance, and slay the inner beast.
Man’s deepest desire, underneath all his worldly ambitions, is to be worthy of She, the divine principle behind every woman, and to be bestowed with the accolade of being truly a man of love. He doesn’t have to be perfect for nobody is, but must commit himself wholeheartedly to the task at hand and sever any attachments to his imagined freedom or independence. Woman yearns to be recognised and cherished by her loving knight; but she has to play her part by refusing to compromise with love as a bargaining tool for comfort, security or the welfare of her family. When a woman is strong in her adherence to honesty in love and vigilant to the ways of man, she has the power that can transform him.
Another way to invoke the power of myth is to acknowledge the wonder of nature and the timeless quality of the starry universe. The more primitive cultures that survive today can still give some indication of the sacred connection between humanity and the nature of the planet. The tribal people appear to have an inherent knowledge of the mythic reality that is part of their culture and way of life. The tribes that are closest to the earth’s spirit want nothing to do with the western culture, but have no protection against the progression of greed and acquisition of their natural resources. However, giving time to enjoy the natural world, or pausing to look at the heavens, activates the idea or energetic reality behind the sensory appearance of the universe.
Love arises from the being of the earth and enters existence as the sensual experience in the flesh. The cosmos represents the truth of existence and the intelligence in which knowledge can be realised. As love emerges from the being of the earth’s spirit and through its life forms, intelligence gives meaning and definition to the structure of existence. Life and intelligence is what we are as individual cells within the great body of humanity. Truth is realised out of existence through the inner process of self-abnegation, whereas love is realised in existence through the divine union of man and woman. They are not the same, but both contribute to the realisation of the spiritual potential within us all.