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Omens

January 26, 2017 – Nature is a great artist, creator of snow-topped mountain peaks and the rainbow spray of waterfalls, the plumage of birds and the petals of flowers. Poets employ recurrent images to give added depth of meaning to their art. Omens are the symbolic speech of the natural world, a poet.
A person considering omens encounters the artful, enchanting mystifications of a universe whose rhythms of speech are too fast and too slow for human comprehension. Fate turns our lives into comedies and tragedies that we don’t write.
People put themselves as readily in the mind of the universe – seeing through its eyes, calculating its calculations -- as a kidney puts itself in the mind of the whole man. No strand of muscle ever knew anything about American history.
A man of knowledge seeks instruction from a world more knowing than he whose goodness and wisdom he implicitly acknowledges by his sustained mindlessness, induced by not doing. To act mindlessly is to drop one’s defenses.
A man of knowledge goes about his self-defense unusually. He appeals to the justice of a just world by acting to merit future rewards. He throws up his shield by challenging Justice to do justice in his case.
A man of knowledge does not force his ideas on his feelings. Naturally his feelings come to know what his mind knows. Thought is a specialized adaptation of feelings. He leaves it up to his feelings to do with the information what it will. Ideas suggest desirable courses of action; for a man of knowledge, feelings make the final decision other than in emergencies. Otherwise he allows his feelings to make up his mind for him believing that they know more about life than he.
A man of knowledge respects the dignity of feelings in the hope and sure expectation that feelings will show similar respect for him. (So the new man relates to the new woman.)
Except for emergencies, a man of knowledge gives his feelings full freedom to direct his behavior. He asks few questions as he behaves strangely by his own lights. (The new man will so defer to the new woman.)
He labors to change his emotional responses to familiar and unfamiliar stimuli. A man of knowledge educates his feelings. Feelings are slow learners. They seem never to learn. They know more than they say. They are hard to convince.
Feelings are musically attuned to a universe that handles feelings with artistic flair. The attunement of the artist to emotional music in the world delivers him to a place of beauty. The id gives the vibration to the ego, and the ego passes it on to the world by way of his artistry.
As music has recurrent themes, life has omens. Omens are indications of the hidden drama in which our lives are cast.
Omens are here, there, and everywhere. They come first, last, and at many other points along a dramatic line that extends over time. We would be lost without them. They give us a glimpse into the mystery that rules our existence. By examining omens, the id orients itself and us to the world’s hidden intent.
Although the id is the center of pleasure-seeking drives as Freud discovered and lingered long upon, the id is not a disorganized cauldron of burning emotions. It is highly organized to make unconscious emotional perceptions. Unconscious perception produces the uncanny genius of premonitions.
Omens point out hidden meanings. What these are is hard to say and impossible to know. Questions of interpretation keep the unconscious mind churning. The need to understand fuels the fire from which sexuality leaps forth. When we lose curiosity, libido dies.
The id is a source of many alternative hypotheses at once. It is filled with questions. The id feels and, with the aid of thought, pictures how the world is secretly organized. The id of the artist is exceptionally sensitive to the musical tone and rhythms of nature. The emotional wind of the world, the ancient Greeks knew, blows into the artist’s chest, inspiring him. An artist’s emotional vibrations direct his exertions.
The musical wind of the world is perceived by the id and sent forward for examination to the ego, which in the case of the artist dotes upon hints and suggestions of unconscious origin.
Great works of art require hard work. They demand attention to detail. Without an ego willing to work hard, inspiration fails. In the mind of the artist, “Regression occurs in the service of the ego.” A strong ego voluntarily pulls back to allow the id to tell consciousness what it sees and hopes for. This report enables the ego to begin the serious labor of art. The wind of inspiration sets his ship on the high seas.
The artist’s id is sensitive to the wind of the world. His ego is open to hear the id’s report. It cooperates with an id eager to report by keeping silent. The artist’s ego and id cooperate to produce works of art. The ego retreats into silence to serve itself.
Omens are spiritual markers like the physical markers that we encounter in a wilderness telling us where to find water, food and shelter, and warning us of danger. Omens pose puzzles. We rarely know what to make of them. Thus omens orient us uncertainly.
Omens are a source of wisdom. Omens teach courage and omens teach prudence.

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