Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.--Erich Fromm
Today, most of us think that these words came from Phantom of the Opera. We were first challenged in the words of Erich Fromm. In “Music of the Night” composer Weber adds a phrase that seems to stretch our thoughts and feelings beyond where they want to go. “Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams, leave all thoughts of the world you knew before.” Then, “close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar and you'll live as you've never lived before.” This strange new world becomes, for Weber, your darkest dreams—those dreams where we find not only the places we do not want to be; but we also find that it is out of those very dreams that our spirits are able to soar. We find ourselves asking, “is it possible for our spirits to soar to heights beyond our wildest dreams without first walking through the darkness”? Perhaps, but those darkest places themselves generate the ability to soar; and, embracing these dark moments propels us into a journey beyond all that we knew before. We have hope, courage, and grace to reach into the stars, the Universe, the Holy itself. May today be the day that you allow your spirit to soar. Namaste
Gentle Thoughts: Does your Spirit want to soar today? Will you let it?