When you come into Jung’s second stage, the last half of life, the quest is for the import of the OM that you’ve heard in the heart chakra, so that it will become the forming and structuring energy of your life, without care for achievement, without care for prestige.
~ Joseph Campbell
She-who-scribbles found that the quest doesn’t end with the finding of – and understanding the significance of – the OM in the heart chakra, although it’s a very pleasant place to take a rest.
The inquiry moves on. It now asks, what ‘hears’ the OM in the heart chakra? What is this slippery subject that seems to be aware of all this questing and OM-ing? Why can’t it observe itself no matter how cunningly it’s stalked? Why, when it can’t ever be avoided or escaped, can it never be known?
Then one fine day you’re sitting with these questions alone refusing to accept the answers of another no matter how reputedly awake and the penny drops right through the works and takes the questions with it and you just crack up guffawing. OM-G.
Image: Sculpture by Ernst Barlach, 1937, bronze, 20.8 x 30.96 x 12.38, Los Angeles County Museum of Art