The goddess Sophrosyne (part 2)

Soprosyne

Part 2 of an article in two parts ‘Sophrosyne is the greatest virtue, and wisdom is speaking and acting the truth, paying heed to the nature of things.’ – Heraclitus, fragment 112 In the first part of this article, we explored the many-sidedness of sophrosyne and the necessity to honour this many-sidedness if we are to utilise its power for personal transformation. We looked at how our culture has a tendency to violate such archetypal complexities through its insistence on one-sided rational concepts. We also saw how an essential part of this practice involves opening ourselves to more deeply experience the natural tensions inherent to […]

The goddess Sophrosyne (part 1)

sophrosyne

Part 1 of an article in two parts ‘Sophrosyne is the greatest virtue, and wisdom is speaking and acting the truth, paying heed to the nature of things.’ – Heraclitus, fragment 112 It’s all about balance It happens fairly often. Inside ourselves or in others while in conversation with them, or when we’re alone. Suddenly a light goes on, a flash of insight hits home. With relief and perhaps a satisfied smile, we feel and we say, ‘ah, so it’s all a matter of balance then.’ As if we have found the one key that is so essential. As if in the end, the freedom […]

Drala

drala

In his book Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa uses the Tibetan word drala, which he says, is a magical quality we start to experience when we have come to live on the edge of the vastness of existence. About this, he says: ‘By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is. … In Tibetan, this magical quality of existence, or natural wisdom, is called drala.’ He goes on to explain that the literal meaning of the word means, ‘above the enemy’ or […]