The Tectonic Power of the Soul


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1. “Life happens when the tectonic power of your speechless soul breaks through the dead habits of the mind.”

John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

2. “The shadow of the light is not darkness, but illumination.”

Clement of Alexandria

These two quotes came to me this morning while I was writing the final part of my reflections on the myth of Eros and Psyche. I have always been fascinated by a quiet growth, patiently occurring in the dark, which ineluctably is going to break through the dead crust of our current consciousness.

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20 Responses to The Tectonic Power of the Soul

  1. Katalina4 says:

    John Patrick Shanley – so much brave writing in his oeuvre…


  2. shreejacob says:

    Thank you! It’s wonderful when we get sort of a confirmation about what we would like to know…and your explanation of the quotes did just that 🙂


  3. Don says:

    I’ve also always found this kind of growth mysterious and meaningful. For me there is a deep integrity about it because it’s void of all our egotistical shaping. Love the two quotes Monica.


  4. ptero9 says:

    Thank you Monika!
    It’s a great reminder to let speechlessness be when it comes. The world can be so loud with so many ways not be silent.
    The darkness provides something that I often experience but can’t pretend to understand. Amazing thoughts and insights without source or reference often show up while resting before sleep at night, or in dreams, or on a long walk.


  5. Beautiful food for thought this morning.


  6. perfect for Mercury stationing direct right now


  7. I love the title of this post! It drew me in.


  8. I would like to think our soul matures, and increases in strong fiber, despite our ego’s tenderizing efforts. What keeps me up nights is thinking about the damage I’ve done by suppressing my soul’s natural expression. At any rate, good topic. (=


    • Too true, Jim. Ego may sometimes seem rigid and tough but the soul is a much tougher and a much more formidable opponent.


      • It is difficult to believe soul is winning the battle. Maslow, in psychological language, postulated that the essential nature (soul) emits a weak signal that may be overcome by structures of thought. My experience seems to support this idea that the unraveling of damaging belief and mechanical ego-activity is much more difficult than the process of erecting the ego. Given this, the admonitions of spiritual teachers that soul growth and transcendence is difficult life-long work. These ruminations come at the heels of deciding on a meditation practice, hoping to take my personal battle to the next level. God knows “battle” is a fitting term.


      • I suppose you can look at it this way, but the cost of ignoring the soul has been terrible for the whole humanity.
        I have never meditated regularly but I know I should – I hope you win your battles


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