A few years ago one of my best friends wrote an essay on “the golden thread.”
“I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,
Built in Jerusalem’s wall.
“The Golden String, used only once in Blake’s poetry, is an image that suggests that the end of the Golden String is given to us and we must do more than just follow it. We must actively wind it into a ball. If we do not keep the string taut and if we do not keep on winding, we may lose our way and wander off into the non-meaning.”
Recently those words from Ken – my friend – struck me, as usually happens to me with things I re-read these days, as if I were reading them for the first time. They put me face to face with a path I am very interested in traveling, the path that goes towards meaning, towards increasing happiness. It is an internal path where I rely on what is most dear, most precious internally. It is a direction that started a long time ago without me realizing it. I have been so dazzled by “objectives” that I didn’t notice that mental directions operate within us from the time we become more or less conscious, that is, from our childhood. I observed that as a child I was very interested in everything spiritual and also in the natural world, which is also a “spiritual” world. Why?
I have no idea, or I have many ideas, but the important thing is that these worlds make up an internal direction that I recognize as a source of inspiration. This is a way of understanding that golden thread, of following it and keeping it co-present. It corresponds to a belief that one has to work with what already exists, with what is operating within us, and not necessarily with what one needs to “acquire,” either because it is not available or because one doesn’t recognize that one already has it. Anyway, any “acquisition” takes me down another path that doesn’t interest me. Today, it is a matter of letting go and not adding, and that is why I am interested in discovering how the formative has to do with what is most essential within us. Something essential that I can connect with a purpose that makes me ascend. What I am becoming clear about is that this purpose has emotional force, is driven by great affection, and all this is within me and not outside. Perhaps the most important thing is that I can experience it emotionally and poetically. I feel it as an impulse, a direction, an inspiration, an intuition, and the taste of something that is both great and humble, something that belongs to me and to the entire human race.
These images / drawings are from a collection called “Weekly Reflection”. Most of the time the text is related to the photo or the drawing and is a “poetic” interpretation of the image. All the images and drawings are made by Rafael Edwards, all the texts are created by Fernando Aránguiz and all the English translations by Trudi Richards.
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