I recently found an eloquent voice, a writer whose work completely thrums with my own world view. Discovering words that underscore and amplify your own thoughts is a form of magic. It’s like finding an oasis in a desert.
James Hollis, Jungian analyst and author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and What Matters Most, writes in “Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path:”
“We are in the presence of the gods, e.g., transformative energies, when we experience resonance, depth and enlargement through encounter with the numinous.”
I like this definition of the gods. This is about noticing what makes our soul hum with joy. What in the outer world creates a harmonic vibration within? I call it ‘thrumming‘. I can feel it immediately in nature, in the amazing ‘chaos theory’ Romanesco cauliflower growing in my garden, in the presence of art or music or storytelling or dance, with children, the elderly.
Lately I’ve felt this in the presence of strangers, on a train, an airplane. I notice the individual beauty of the people sharing my space, with all their human imperfection, and I thrum inside.
It’s also the experience of knowing when something is right for us, when it rings true in our gut. Dr. Hollis’ passage about the principal of resonance makes me do a happy dance:
“Like summons like… when something is of us, it is for us. It sets off a tuning fork inside us. It resounds because it has always been there, archetypally. The resonance within cannot be willed. It happens. No amount of willing will make it happen. Resonance is the surest guide to finding our own right path…amid the imposing images of the outer world, and the constant traffic of the intrapsychic world. Resonance is the deep resounding of our truth. When we find it. Or it finds us.”
“To hear it, one must be attentive, faithful, and courageous enough to break from the power of the other cacophonous sounds and hear our souls intent. The temptation to live on the surface of life is clear enough. When we are called deeply into something, even love, it hurts us and opens us to great suffering. The willingness to go into the depths is the chief way to return purpose to life.”
So I ask you: are you courageous? Are you willing to listen deeply? What makes you thrum inside?
Your comments are like a tall, frosty beverage on a scorching hot day.