Reflections on the Buddha, poetry and C.S. Lewis
“Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.” — C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The question is simply: how do you look back further? How do you find the stillness and the darkness? How do you come into oneness with “before Time dawned?”
I’m sure I don’t know. But I have some vague, poorly seen signposts. Just know that I am straining the same as you to hear the message of these muffled words.
The first way is the way of perception. Nothing that happens has any inherent meaning. All meaning is created by the filtering through perception. Your lover says something. Or you’re cut off in traffic. You are denied a promotion.
You decide these things are good or bad. You are watching through a conditioned lens. Your lens is cultural, familial, personal. It may be informed by trauma.
You may have experienced your life in bondage. But liberation is at hand.
You can simply change the result by changing the channel. Turn off the bondage channel. Turn on liberation.
You are walking through the wilderness. The path is overgrown with jungle vines. The way is blocked. Will you pick up your machete and hack away at it? You will fail and you will have stayed on the one path you started from. You will not have perceived the jungle in a new way.
It is a wilderness of your own heart. You continually run into the obstacles of parents, heartbreak, trauma. You need to put down the machete and pick up a transformational instrument. Which is simply to pull the clouds away from your eyes.
“Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing.” — The Tao.
I want. I don’t want. These are the names of the clouds. You know that desire and aversion are the paths of suffering.