Joseph Campbell emphasizes the importance of creating a sacred space as a place to retreat from the world of normal, apparent, reality-- in order to return to the center, amid the things that are central to "the harmonization of your own life." A sacred space is a decompression zone, where we return to ourselves and know the joy and peace of being sealed off and at one with meaningful items that help us find our way. Campbell says, "You must have a sealing-off place for yourself whenever you need it-- it is an absolute necessity if you are going to have an inner life." We need a play room where what we do does not have to have any significance beyond doing it. Where we can play a drum, or read a book that goes nowhere, or listen to music that we love, or sit looking out a window. We need a place where our heart and soul can come alive, and we can come alive to them, and join together in the joy and wonder of being alive.
Ours is the most neurotic generation in history. I say that based on the central place of money and addiction worldwide. Money and addiction are substitutes for a viable, vital, vibrant and alive center. We have no center, no core, no adamantine rock-solid foundation upon which to stand, immovable, confident, secure, stable, balanced and harmonious in the face of the clashing rocks and heaving waves of the wine-dark sea that constitutes our life. And so, the attraction of certitude of any kind. We will follow anyone who knows what they are talking about. And so, Qanon and Donald Trump. The theme song of our age is "The Paradox of Needy": I'm so needy! I HATE being needy! And I need to be needed by someone who needs me to need them too! But I'll hate them if they do! All neurosis is a box with no center and no door, and no floor. A square black hole. A womb with no due date. With money and addiction, lights and action to take our mind off free-falling through endless neediness and a life that has no meaning. What's the solution? Waking up. Bearing the pain, laughing. Knowing there is no fixing any of it only dancing with all of it, for what? We do not know! Shoulder uncertainty! Tolerate anxiety! Trust the unknown and unknowable! Dance with the darkness! Play with terror and with fear! Native Americans would tell their children as they left home to find their way in the world, "When you get out of sight of this place, you will enter the land of darkness and doubt, and you will come to a chasm. When you do, JUMP! It is not as far as it seems." Neurosis is refusing to jump. And takes everything more seriously that it deserves.