By John Penberthy

Think the stifling lifestyles of a employee bee stuck within the senseless tedium of lifestyles: on a daily basis, he is helping construct the hive, forages, feeds the larvae, shops honey and pollen, and falls into an exhausted sleep. Then the subsequent day...he does all of it back. yet what occurs if that bee has a bit interest and many non secular craving? You get the foundation for this shrewdpermanent, inspirational allegory approximately residing existence to its fullest. Illustrated via award-winning artist Laurie Barrows, "To Bee or to not Bee" is the tale of Buzz Bee's look for God. Peppered with aphorisms and laced with wit and humour, this captivating story reminds us that lifestyles is simply too vital to be taken so heavily.

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Before consciousness, that thread was the umbilical cord to our mother, our source. D. home secure. And then we were flung into this world, violently— and it has never been so safe since. All peoples have had their tribal account of this event, and almost uniformly image it as a loss, a decline, a fall from a “higher” estate. In the Eden story of the JudeoChristian tradition, we are told that there are two trees, one from which we may eat, and the other forbidden. Partaking of the Tree of Life is to abide forever in the world of instinct—whole, connected, and living the deepest of rhythms without consciousness.

Our first, natural desire is to suppress them, but we must learn to read them as clues to the wounded wishes of the soul, or as the autonomous protest of the soul over our mismanagement. We learn to exercise a form of discipline that requires the daily scrutiny *Jung, Memories, Dreams, Deflections, p. 140. D. ” We engage our soul’s agenda, which requires a humbled attitude, and a wary watchfulness. It requires that we understand that our lives, even when fraught with outer difficulties, are always unfolding from within.

Is it not selfdeluding, then, to keep doing the same thing but expecting different results? For those willing to stand in the heat of this transformational fire, the second half of life provides a shot at getting themselves back again. They might still fondly gaze at the old world, but they risk engaging a larger world, one more complex, less safe, more challenging, the one that is already irresistibly hurtling toward them. Paradoxically, this summons asks us to begin taking ourselves more seriously than ever before, but in a different way than before.

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