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So Much the Silence Brings

Silence
is to the soul
as
cool wind
is to warm skin. 

Sun, Oct 13, 2019 | Model info | Footnotes

Do you know what a psychonaut is? It’s a person who travels into the deep space of the mind, who is always searching for a more profound understanding of the universe. This year I have met many fellow psychonauts, including UV, today’s canvas. One of the greatest things when psychonauts come together is that they enter into conversations without inhibitions, without ego, and more often than not, a beautiful exchange of wisdom occurs. All that each has learned begins to seep into the other.

So many times, people begin conversing with another person with walls up. The ego is the biggest one, creating a space of competitiveness, and it blocks channels of learning. You know you’re engaging in part with your ego when you constantly feel the need to defend yourself, particularly when you’re not being attacked, when other’s people’s knowledge intimidates you and your response is to get into an information battle. Do you see how this is not conducive to learning? Psychonauts tend to value learning in a way where their ego fades away naturally, leaving room for growth, for expansion.

I want to share something awesome that happened during my time with UV in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. Sometimes, especially as we get older, we have a tendency to feel intellectually superior to people that are younger than us. While it is true that the older you get, the more wisdom you have the change to attain, what isn’t true is that age necessarily equates to wisdom. Wisdom is the result of experience and reflection. UV has a ton of both of those things in such a unique way. Her world is much different from the worlds of others from a societal perspective. You’d never know it until you talk to her though. Sharing space and ideas with her last week as we moved around New Mexico opened up new rooms inside of me. And on top of it all, it was a reminder that being in my 30s does not make me smarter nor wiser than people in their 20s. Approach each interpersonal experience without that prejudice, that someone younger than you is intellectually inferior, and you’ll turn on a new light in your soul.

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