Archetype, myth and symbol are the alchemic bridge to my soul. They help me create meaning.
Story is their playground. Author Graham Moore says of story, "It is the comforting tool we use to organize the chaotic world around us into something comprehensible."
Every time I read a book it is as if I have been invited, by the author, to a dance. While I read I am also engaged with a deeper meaning where the author speaks to me, knowingly or not, in a language beyond words. That aha moment, when our steps are so beautifully aligned that the author's story connects with my experience, is pure delight. I can't wait to write it in my journal. I want to share it with people. I see the literary space as the best representation we can get to of our collective unconscious in the material world. Heady, I know.
Unfortunately, we have given the word "literature" a highbrow context in our culture. Many relegate it to the cliff notes of Shakespearian plays that we read in high school or our vague familiarity with names such as Dickens or Austen. It's inaccessible.
We do not very much believe that we engage with literature on a daily basis, let alone "play" with it. But I think play, in fact, is what I do every time I hear a story, whether it come from a book, a television show, a movie, a poem, music lyrics and....I know, careful here...modern consumer media such as advertising messages.
For aren't they really all mythology of some sort?
As Virginia Woolf says, if I arrange the pieces that come my way, perhaps somehow the sum of those parts creates meaning that eludes me when I am, in fact, trying to create it. That's what I'm doing here. Arranging the pieces that come my way. Looking for some meaning. Playing with it all. If you want to send some pieces my way, I'd welcome and enjoy your participation.