• Brian E Pearson

James Hollis ("Living an Examined Life")


James Hollis is a Jungian writer and speaker.

GROWING UP


The moment we say, "I am responsible, I am accountable, I have to deal with this," is the day we grow up, at least until the next time, the next regression, the next evasion. (p.10)


PERMISSION IS SEIZED, NOT GRANTED


The moment we realize that our life is really in our own hands, that it is a spiritual summons to be honored, and that we deprive others by not bringing our more developed selves to share, then we realize permission is not something given--but something to be seized. And from that, a larger life, a life of service to a force greater than we are, begins. And from that turn, we get our life back, the life intended by the gods in the first place. (p.79)


BRINGING OUR GIFT TO THE TABLE


In the end, we are not here to fit in, to be well adjusted, acceptable to all, or to make our parents proud of us. We are here to be ourselves. Often that is not pretty, but it is honest. And our gift to the great mosaic of the world is our uniqueness ... To be eccentric, not to fit in, to hear our own drummer, these are the signs of our bringing our gift, our personhood, to the table of life. (pp.53&55)


Currently, on the Mystic Cave podcast: How the Light Gets In: Short Stories (with links)


Country Kitchens


Gravity


The Rise and Fall of Arthur Pitfield


Mr. Briggs Goes to Church


Bud Blakelock's Bequest




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