(rediscovering The Inner Child through reading to grandchildren)
(numerous examples of ‘The Wild’ in Shakespeare’s popular tragedy)
1. Freedom and Flow–very much connected, both inner and outer. The freedom leads to flow and, in turn, flow enhances the quality and experience of freedom.
2. Gentleness, Tenderness, and Touch–three relateds that constitute The Best of Love. In those, there is a special purity and unique depth of communication–touch being an even more direct and powerful medium than words themselves.
3. The necessity of what Thoreau termed “The Wild”–what is wild in Nature (and us) ranging from the beautiful sublimeness of mountains to the special wildness of animals including us–see also Hamlet and what Joseph Campbell termed The Call, and discussed as our repressed energies within, naturally intended to be realized in our life experience.
4. After the experience of our primary imagination and pre-school experience, an Inner Child still remains (something Wordsworth elaborates on this in “Ode: Intimations on Immortality”) into adulthood. It is often seen in our love of different kinds of play. It is that Child which needs to be freed and refufilled as much as the wildness discussed in #3 above. These are two ‘depths’ related to the transcendence of limited/limiting modes of perception–the sorts of straitjackets that make people afraid to truly live and love.
5. As said earlier in other blog entries–each person, situation, and choice has limits and limitations. These can limit our perceptions of ourselves and others, as well as what we believe is possible (though there are actually infinite and neverending transitory possibilities at any given moment). The freedom we all desire and seek is, basically, limited by those limits and limitations. For that reason we need to reduce or overcome those limits and limitations through acts of will, imagination, and love. Freedom-enhancing personal choices or mind, heart, and spirit over matter. And no one else can do this for us.