Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Hiding ...

By David Whyte:

HIDING is a way of staying alive. Hiding is a way of holding ourselves until 
we are ready to come into the light. Even hiding the truth from ourselves 
can be a way to come to what we need in our own necessary time. Hiding 
is one of the brilliant and virtuoso practices of almost every part of the 
natural world: the protective quiet of an icy northern landscape, the held 
bud of a future summer rose, the snow bound internal pulse of the 
hibernating bear.

Hiding is underestimated. We are hidden by life in our mother's womb 
until we grow and ready ourselves for our first appearance in the lighted 
world; to appear too early in that world is to find ourselves with the 
immediate necessity for outside intensive care.

Hiding done properly is the internal faithful promise for a proper future 
emergence, as embryos, as children or even as emerging adults in retreat 
from the names that have caught us and imprisoned us, often in ways 
where we have been too easily seen and too easily named.

We live in a time of the dissected soul, the immediate disclosure; our 
thoughts, imaginings and longings exposed to the light too much, too 
early and too often, our best qualities squeezed too soon into a world 
already awash with too easily articulated ideas that oppress our sense of 
self and our sense of others. 

What is real is almost always to begin with, hidden, and does not want to 
be understood by the part of our mind that mistakenly thinks it knows 
what is happening. What is precious inside us does not care to be known 
by the mind in ways that diminish its presence.

Hiding is an act of freedom from the misunderstanding of others, 
especially in the enclosing world of oppressive secret government and 
private entities, attempting to name us, to anticipate us, to leave us with 
no place to hide and grow in ways unmanaged by a creeping necessity for 
absolute naming, absolute tracking and absolute control. 

Hiding is a bid for independence, from others, from mistaken ideas we 
have about our selves, from an oppressive and mistaken wish to keep us 
completely safe, completely ministered to, and therefore completely 

Hiding is creative, necessary and beautifully subversive of outside 
interference and control. Hiding leaves life to itself, to become more of 
itself. Hiding is the radical independence necessary for our emergence into 
the light of a proper human future.

Excerpted from 'HIDING' in "CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and 
Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words"
- 2015 © David Whyte: