Station 3 – Search for the New Global Metaphor

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. Images, pictures, sounds, or phrases from The Search for the New Global Metaphor that captured my attention include:

  2. Encountering this material, I sense that a “state of being” is:

  3. I grasp The Other World to be:

  4. One Great Think that has influenced my life is:

  5. One Great Feel that has oriented my life is:

  6. One Great Resolve that has directed my life is:

  7. When listening to the poetic description or The Land of Mystery, or The River of Consciousness, or The Mountain of Care, or The Sea of Tranquility the following scenes from my own life flashed before me:

  8. The myth existing at the center of my life and orienting me into life is best summarized as:

  9. Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What images, pictures, lines, or phrases linger in your memory from the module Search for the New Global Metaphor?

  2. What is your understanding of the nature of a “state of being”?

  3. How do you talk about the nature of The Other World? What is this?

  4. Talk about a Great Think, a Great Feel, or a Great Resolve that has connected you with a state of something bigger or awe.

  5. Where did you experience an element of your own life journey in listening to the poetic descriptions of The Land of Mystery, The River of Consciousness, The Mountain of Care, or The Sea of Tranquility?
    What flashed into your awareness and how would you describe the state of being elicited?

  6. Talk about the myth that currently resides at the center of your life and provides you orientation.

  7. What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss?

One thought on “Station 3 – Search for the New Global Metaphor”

  1. Terry Bergdall says:

    Bored on a Sunday afternoon when I was 14 (maybe 15), I went by myself to my hometown movie house to see whatever was playing. My plan was to walk afterwards to an early evening gathering of our church youth group. Having no idea what it was about, I bought a ticket to see “Zorba the Greek.” When it was over, I left the theater in a trance-like state. I reviewed and replayed the film over and over again in my head as I walked to church. I remember thinking that I didn’t know exactly what it meant but I knew it was very important! That afternoon is when I began to awaken to a world, and life, beyond the Oklahoma comforts in which I had thus far been raised.
    Later, I discovered the author was Nikos Kazantzakis and, bit by bit, learned more about him. When it came time in 1968 for me to do my high school senior thesis, I choose to focus on Kaz …. and then wrestled mightily with how to describe his lifetime passion to “transform matter into spirit.” While I was convinced that Zorba was a manifestation of this, I completely failed to explain the meaning of “matter into spirit.”
    Frankly, it took years for me to finally realize that the work of the Ecumenical Institute on “the Other World in the midst of This World” was an updated elaboration on Kaz’s passion.

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