In my case Pilgrim's Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.
-- Carl Jung
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This clod of earth
As I write, I'm sitting in the Albuquerque airport waiting for my flight back to Tulsa having just attended a conference entitled "Laughing & Weeping" led by Richard Rohr and Russ Hudson. I first came into contact with the work of the Franciscan priest Richard Rohr back in the early 90s when someone gave me a tape of a talk he gave on the parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat. It had a powerful effect on me and I've made a point of keeping up with his ministry over the years.
In his closing remarks this morning, Fr. Richard quoted something Carl Jung said toward the end of his life and I pass it on to you:
Notice how he talks about climbing down rather than climbing up. It reminded me of the time I heard Henri Nouwen speak back in the late 70s. His reference to what he called "downward mobility" had a great influence on me in the discernment of my monastic vocation.