Fall 2019

Nancy Arko, editor

Book Group

You are cordially invited to join us for the fall 2019 book group!

“Beauty and the Soul”
The Extraordinary Power of Beauty to Heal Your Life
by Piero Ferrucci.

beginning Nov 7, 2019 7:00 pm
Email Nancyarko@comcast.net for more information.

Fall Seminar Recap

“Beauty”

…that illusive, mysterious entity revealed in the authenticity of things.

“Beauty and pretty are not the same.”

“Beauty is a gift.
It cannot be manufactured. It is a participation between what is beautiful and the observer.”

“There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. I feel more and more everyday as my imagination strengthens that I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand worlds”. Howard Thurman

Beauty induces atmosphere and spirit: wonder, delicious turbulence, love, longing and a trembling delight…We encounter beauty and engage this beauty through the ‘feel’ of the soul”…
“The dream of beauty is the self drawn forth to its furthest awakening, where the senses and the soul are utterly alive and yet in harmony, brimming with presence.”
From Beauty, The Invisible Embrace, by John O’Donahue

Let Me Walk in Beauty
By Chief Yellow Lark

Passages for Meditation
O Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

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Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes
So when life fades as the fading sunset
My spirit may come to you without shame.

 


 

“Let Beauty awake my longing
to know and accept who I am.

To love without being intrusive
with compassion wherever I can.

Let Beauty cut to my core
for longing is all that I see.

Let Beauty’s terror and scorn
part walls that are within me.”

Poem by Mary Jane McCormick

 


 

“Because beauty’s nothing
but the start of terror we can hardly bear,
and we adore it because of the serene scorn
it could kill us with
Every angel’s terrifying.”

From the first Duino Elegy, Rainer Maria Rilke

Give some thought to which of Jesus’ teachings apply to beauty.

For The Beauty Of The Earth

by John Rutter

Book Review

by Nancy Arko

Dispelling Wetiko, Breaking the Curse of Evil By Paul Levy

It is said that only through becoming aware of something can we gain mastery over it. “Wetiko” is a Native American term that refers to a diabolically wicked person or spirit terrorizing others”.

Struggling to comprehend and somehow oppose the atrocities we are observing in our world today, I found this book helpful is providing a language based in Jungian psychology for grappling with the archetype of evil and how it is currently manifesting.

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This book encourages us, as Jesus advised to “resist not evil”. It delves into the psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that originates within the human heart and has the potential to either wake us up or destroy us. The author coins the term “malignant egophrenia” to further describe the evil that increasingly grips our world. In Native American Mythologies the mythical figure of wetiko is a cannibalistic spirit who embodies greed and excess, transforming itself into a predatory monster, having a frigid heart, devoid of mercy, gluttonous and always craving more.

As humans we are practiced at projecting evil outside of ourselves. Jesus understood this when he advised us to see the log in our own eye rather than the speck in our neighbor’s. The author warns that delving into the territory of our collective shadow necessitates “a shamanic descent into the darkness of our own depths”. “Our lack of imagination for the potential for evil existing in humanity is a direct reflection of a lack of intimacy with our own potential for evil, which further serves to enable the malevolence of wetiko to have free rein in the world.”The book opened my mind as to how through lack of awareness we participate in evil.

Although this book is challenging, as the subject of evil always is, I found it comforting to have the topic addressed as each chapter increasingly described the trends I had been witnessing in the world. This book is about awakening to what is happening in our collective psyche. The book is wordy and could benefit from more concise editing, but that might be excused by how much is to be understood when trying to make sense of the strange times we are living through.

What is the code then to healing this evil curse that grips us? The author points toward owning our projections through ongoing self reflection and compassion. Through becoming conscious, we touch the ground of our deepest being; an antidote to the pervasive psychological blindness which currently reigns. And finally, the author describes how the artist can be the alchemical transformer of wetiko, liberating the creative energy lying dormant in the collective unconscious. The archetype of the artist exists in all of us, waiting to imaginatively express itself. We are called to be a “Bodhisattva”, hero/heroine in the process of awakening to our unique manner of healing the world

Looking forward to December Celebrations

Advent

Please mark your calendars for The Guild’s
Advent Celebration
Dec 9th, 2019 6:30-9:00pm
Cameron Church
Please bring a dish to share
Food and fellowship at 6:30/Program at 7:30

Winter Solstice:
when the days grow darkest we will gather to celebrate a meal, read poetry, and share our deepest longings
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019, 6pm-til the candles go out
At the home of Nancy Arko
Please bring a dish and a poem or reading to share