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Stephen; your powerful, personally poignant insights expresses volumes on these topics; and we will all be thinking of you and your family in the coming days ahead. This virus is like nothing in modern times we have ever experienced; and you bring up a number of concerns many of us are becoming more and more aware of as we move ahead. Not only do the above variations throughout this topic include what you mentioned about: “love of your fate” apply that illustrate this: “burning point of life” that we engage in this eternal dance that history informs us of; but our awareness of life’s fragility and why it is important that we go inside as well as participate outside in understanding our place in it and our interconnection with all life in this: “net-of-gems” experience in our brief moment of time that he expresses so movingly.

Joseph mentions that it is the: “experience of life” that we are seeking; not it’s meaning. And that: “joyful participation in the sorrows of the world” is one way we come to know it’s deeper dimensions; and to find and live our “bliss” that informs us of who we are and fulfills and gives depth as we evolve. Finding our deepest parts and living them often presents a “mystery element” that we are riding on that Joseph often refers as expressed constantly through myth. Religion is one manifestation of this relationship; (but) he also illustrates it is the understanding of what a: “personal myth” represents as the motif of regarding the Journey that the Hero must take to bring it to fruition.

My sister called me recently; and these last two days we have been in deep discussion in a depth not otherwise available to both us beforehand of what many of these issues we have dealt with over course of our lifetime; (the travails and heartaches, as well as the triumphs our family has endured); have meant for both of us in where we are now. Stephen’s post expresses these insights in a very helpful and meaningful way.