Sacred space

Happiness, the Briefer Course commences Monday. I’ve billed it as a distillation of the course I’ve done many times before, but deciding what to distill and what to leave out of our four May sessions is a challenge. And, how to begin.

I’ve lately been concluding some of my classes, on the last day, with a quote from Joseph Campbell about following your bliss and not following a guru. Maybe he’ll be good on Day 1, too.

[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. Power of Myth, Brainpickings

Something like happiness may even happen there, and may be mobile – so long as you remember to make your way back to the sacred space again tomorrow and the next day and the next, and don’t bog down in unreasonable expectations of personal perfectability. Errors and false starts happen, inevitably, but they’re not irrecoverable. Or so I think I’ve learned.

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