Notes to myself: I confess that I love the Sherlock Holmes’ stories, and think that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman played great parts in the most reecent BBC tv adaptation of it. I even liked both National Treasure movies.
I’m a bit of a ‘detective’ and love whodunits’ and those after-dinner detective type role-playing, re-enactment games. In all cases we’re ‘invited’ into the drama to explore the clues and solve the crime. My success rate so far is so-so, but it’s getting better.
‘…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? ‘ Sherlock Holmes
So, when I was reading some ancient Sacred Text recently, I was intrigued to read a story of one man who ran away from the troubles of the world – certainties were certain no more for him, his friends and tribe has deserted him and he felt so alone, he had tried to do the right thing but he didn’t feel at ease, and on top of all that people were after his blood, his very life. He was frightened. And so he ran, and hid. I was intriugued that he ran and hid in a cave, and that the writers of the time thought that this was newsworthy. I wondered why?
‘The Cave is the place of rebirth, that secret cavity in which one is shut up in order to be incubated and renewed’. Carl Jung
And it got me thinking about the way the world seems to have changed drastically in 2016. It’s enough to make one run away and hide in a cave, like that man in that story of old. Cave’s are safe.
The really interesting thing was that ancient man who hid, encountered the Source of All, who called out to him, and this is the really, really intriguing bit. The Voice didn’t say to him, ‘What are you doing in that cave?’.
No, the Comforter of All said, ‘What are you doing here?’. And from that nugget of information I made a Sherlock Holmes-like deduction. Well, two actually. One was that that question by the Knower of All Things was really for the ‘hiding man’s’ benefit – and reflection is never a bad thing. Cave’s can be useful for protection and for ‘thinking times’.
And, yes, I made another deduction. Because of the words used, I deduced that the Comforter of All was in the cave with him. ‘What are you doing here?’ [Not, ‘…in there?;
This led me to believe that whenever we find ourselves in fear, and some are finding 2016 a most fearsome and worrisome time to live in, whenever we’re living a life that’s not as bold as it could be, when we’re sheltering from ‘life’s storms’, the ‘Emboldener’ is right there with us, in our hiding place, in our personal cave.
‘The cave is a very dynamic image of the move inward where transformations happen.’ Joyce Rupp
I find that very comforting. Whatever ‘stuff’ has hit the ‘air conditiing unit’ in your life and mine, whatever is holding us back, the Yr Un presennol in Welsh, in Hebrew it’s Jehovah-Shammah, and in English it’s the ‘God who is here’ is actually here! Here in our own personal cave. And if Yr Un presennol is with us, in the cave, imagine what life is (going to be) like when we venture outside the cave? If you’re in that cave, and staying there, and it may be beneficial for a while (but not for ever, nor for a long time), it may be time to go forth. So, dear reader, Celtic Christian, co-Druid, Pagan friend or others, take a deep breath, and venture forth. Time to leave the cave? Time to live. Time of transformation. And, as you leave that cave, grab my hand, and we’ll walk together.
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.’ Marianne Williamson