“Almost all primal and traditional societies, which is most of humanity since the beginning of time, have believed that meaning is not created or manufactured by the individual; meaning is discovered, and because it is universal, it will be discovered by many others too. That is the basis for community and the good meaning of Tradition. It’s already there. All you have to do is recognize it and surrender to it. This essentially describes the contemplative worldview. The contemplative mind knows that I don’t create the patterns, nor do I have to understand them. I simply must be willing to stand in awe, readiness, and humility before the patterns of reality until they reveal themselves—because they’re already there, shared by other true seers or contemplatives. It is an enchanted universe fraught with meaning. This relieves the psyche of a great deal of anxiety and gives the soul hope.”
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