This morning, I opened Orion Foxwood's book* and found yet again that it is so often language–or rather–my conceptual orientation around language that erects barriers in my mind. Paradoxically, it is also language that elucidates and catalyzes breakthroughs. Here, I am alluding to the terms “Upper” “Middle” and “Lower” as employed to designate the cosmology of a type of shamanic awareness, (the perspective that all phenomena are imbibed with luminosity, movement and intelligence). Upper, middle and lower are, in my experience, linear and remote, like heaven and the bearded man in the drab CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) workbooks of my childhood.
Finding the access points that open communication with non-ordinary reality is a subtle process; the obstacles are usually dogmas encoded in the substrate of my thought: in other words, the language that gives them form. Foxwood clarifies his image of the “interpenetrating strata” of sky, sea and land, with a description of the sea/underworld as the “within world”, the heavens/upper-world as the “around world” and the ‘land of stone and bone’ as the “surface world”. This language opens a door for me somehow, liberating me from some cartoonish construction that was impossible to give credence, and I peer through the jambs to a strange landscape beyond.
*Foxwood, Orion. The Faery Teachings. R.J. Stewart Books, 2007.