Sunday, October 01, 2006

"Even then, something begins faith--a memory of a reality or of an experience that doesn't quite fit with everything else, the longing a soul has to find its shape in the world."
-- Nora Gallagher, "Things Seen and Unseen"

This would seem to fit what I recently experienced--the deep feeling of nostalgia for my childhood upon watching one of Miyazaki's films. Is this the "longing a soul has to find its shape in the world"? I believe it is--though at the cusp one can direct this energy to either destructive or constructive ends. The easy and unsatisfying course is to channel it into a celebration of the past--expending energy to recall and relive past memories and events. A better way is to turn it on its head and ask: What memories, what moments can I make *now*? Instead of living in a dream world, we make the present world into a dream--we steer reality towards what we would have it be.

2 Comments:

At 10/02/2006 8:54 AM, Blogger mike said...

For a long time, I visited your weblog for the technical information you covered. This year I have had something of a spiritual renewal in my life, and now come here to find spiritual inspiration. Thank you for sharing all of your life, not just the technical, and not just the spiritual, but both. This integrated worldview is very similar to Native Americans worldview of the spiritual nature of every day life. (I'm only 1/8 Cherokee, but have an interest in Native culture *smile*)... anyway, just wanted to say thank you. Don't stop writing. mike

 
At 10/02/2006 8:13 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Hi Mike--I'm touched to hear that you find something useful in these ramblings. I write to loose the stuff that's bottled up inside. Sounds like you are also renewing yourself spiritually--bravo!

 

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