James Hillman writes in Insearch: psychology and religion, “The ego, with its light attempts to ferret out causes in hidden recesses of the personality, searches for detailed childhood memories, promotes sweet sessions of silent introspection.

We are curious to know who we are and how we got this way, whereas the religious attitude would recognize from the first that we are God’s creatures and we are what we are owing to his purpose working in the soul rather than to accidents of upbringing and circumstances.”

As I write a memoir, I have striven to be curious about times of my life long forgotten. Sometimes I attempt it through a child’s eyes and at other times the eyes of an adult, both my own.  Contrary to how I read this sentence, I call my visits to the past soul work. Work that promotes my spirituality, my faith and my circumstance, landing on all in an attempt for balance, rather than either or.  I see this as a part of God’s purpose not at the exclusion of it.

I say what I say in respect of Mr. Hillman, but perhaps in disagreement or some form of apoplexy.

5 thoughts on “Curiosity

    • fictionfitz June 21, 2014 / 6:12 am

      Do you see Hillman’s statement discouraging or encouraging exploring our past?

      • New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 21, 2014 / 7:57 am

        I think he encourages it but I can’t imagine anyone not doing it, “religious attitude” or no.

  1. Carole Webber June 21, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Not everyone is that introspective. As I am writing a family history I may look back at events but I do not always get into the why of things. That is probably why it will be a dry read.

    • fictionfitz June 21, 2014 / 10:05 am

      Suggestions for wetting it up. Design some scenes, include dialogue. Muse about it. You are a character observing.

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