“The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life.”
“When relationships are determined by manipulation, by the need for control, they may possess a dreary, bickering kind of drama, but they cease to be interesting. They are repetitious; the shock of human possibilities has ceased to reverberate through them.”
~ Adrienne Rich, poet and essayist (1929-2012)
We see a lot of the “manipulation, control, dreary bickering kind of drama” type of pseudo-relating unfolding around us, perhaps locally as well as via the mass-media “theater of the absurd.”
When something in particular stirs it up — like national elections or some particular polarizing controversy — it seems a mad frenzy, almost a sort of insanity.
In a way, it’s the collective shadow being reflected back to us in the collective mirror, coming from what Eckhart Tolle and many others would call the deeply unconscious.
The alchemical possibilities do exist, though, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold when we’re able to experience that more graceful, gracious, skillful relating directly.
If we’re horrified by the degraded, uncivil, and often outright hostile state of relating that we see around us — and many of us are — the shift to higher possibilities begins with us.
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