In the deepest within, the most infinite beyond. In ever-present awareness, your soul expands to embrace the entire Kosmos, so that Spirit alone remains, as the simple world of what is. The rain no longer falls on you, but within you; the sun shines from inside your heart and radiates out into the world, blessing it with grace; supernovas swirl in your consciousness, the thunder is the sound of your own exhilarated heart; the oceans and rivers are nothing but your blood pulsing to the rhythm of your soul. Infinitely ascended worlds of light dance in the interior your brain; infinitely descended worlds of night cascade around your feet; the clouds crawl across the sky of your own unfettered mind, while the wind blows through the empty space where your self once used to be. The sound of the rain falling on the roof is the only self you can find, here in the obvious world, where inner and outer are silly fictions and self and other are obscene lies, and ever-present simplicity is the sound of one hand clapping madly for all eternity. In the greatest depth, the simplest what is, and the journey ends, as it always does, exactly where it began.”
--From Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy by Ken Wilber, pg 108
If only it were that easy . . .
I'm sharing this, because I find this book to be so empowering, and this paradigm of human psychological/spiritual development to be so resonant. In the context of what Wilber is describing, the crimes of psychiatry begin to look even more dehumanizing, because first we are labeling symptoms and development stages/crises as disease, explicitly subdividing the self from itself and worsening the dissociation with ultimate Oneness; and second, we are numbing--or worse, obliterating--self's and the soul's spiritual sensitivities, which exist in order to gently guide us back towards that Ultimate Oneness, where the journey both begins and ends . . . and begins again.