Recognizing, not pursuing

In my life-long impatience, how much I have missed. Last night, washing the dishes, I really looked at my iron frying pan in the dishwater. The light made visible for a moment a tiny rainbow — a light through water revealing all the colors of life. It is so easy to miss the tiny symbols. Finding them is quite different from the business of trying to hatch up big symbolic experiences. It is recognition, not pursuit, of meaning — recognition of the sacramental, of the intersection of the two worlds, breaking through unsought because one is attending.

Helen Luke, 1904 – 1995, Jungian Analyst and writer

One thought on “Recognizing, not pursuing

  1. How wonderfully true. Recognition and awareness brings untold joys and truths.
    I smiled as I have an old inherited iron pan and have seen the same whilst washing it.

    Miriam

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