Dec 282013
Illustration by Enkel Dika

Illustration by Enkel Dika

It may seem counter-intuitive when you’re feeling stuck to go further down into your stuckness, but there is a huge difference between letting your darkness suck you under, and willingly making the sacred descent.

Going within is the only way out. There in the underworld of grief, loss and suffering, down in the muck of the very stuff our culture teaches us to reject, lives our redemption.

Sometimes all it takes to get life moving again, is giving those forgotten things a Hello. To acknowledge and honour their existence. To meet them with the tenderness which they have for so long been deprived.

2013 ยฉ Toko-pa Turner




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  7 Responses to “The Sacred Descent”

  1. As a facilitator to the unconscious, it has been my experience that our inner figures want and need to be acknowledged, heard, and seen. Frances.

  2. beautifully said. Thank you!

  3. So beautifully stated. With a striking corollary unfolding in the world beyond self. Mankind needs to suck it up and smell the stench of its industrial detritus. There is no such place as “away.” In the contents of the average trash can, we must learn to love, understand, and better serve, what has never been loved or fully understood.

    Therein lie the seeds of redemption.

  4. mmmh so true liking this – its where i am diving deeply

  5. Beautiful and clever illustration! The sacred descent definitely feels dank and pelagic. At least the diver has an oxygen tank. Wonder where I can find mine? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Love your work ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thank you for these words, I think I needed to hear them today! ๐Ÿ™‚

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