I went to see temptation yesterday
In a fourplex out on the old high drive
Cause something in my life was runaway
Or maybe to prove that I am still alive... --Semisonic
The general panic which sets in when a person loses their car or house or office keys hints at how deeply affected we are when we lose something important to us. In dreams loss motifs suggest the endless stream of changes with which the controlling ego must make peace. We are losing our life everyday. Is that a problem?
So there is something in adulthood that has to do with accepting the half of things, allowing a renunciation of the other half, accepting half a basket instead of a full basket.
--Robert Bly, Sibling Society
The first basic bardo experience is the experience of uncertainty about whether one is actually going to die, in the sense of losing contact with the solid world, or whether one could continue to go on living. This uncertainty is not seen in terms of leaving the body, but purely in terms of losing one's ground; the possibility of stepping out from the real world into an unreal world.
--Chogyam Trungpa, The Tibetan Book of the Dead
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And Brahma answered, ``You must let your pain go. You must let your anguish go. It is only Maya. Return to your True Being. In the eternal dance of the universe you will find Sati again." And Shiva said, ``Brahma, I can do nothing. Brahma, stay with me until the pain passes, until I come up from the ocean of my loss. Do not leave me, Brahma, Stay with me and give me comfort." And Brahma said, ``So be it."
--"Shiva and Sati" in Diane Wolkstein, The First Love Stories
He who acts defeats his own purpose;
He who grasps loses.
The sage does not act, and so is not defeated.
He does not grasp and therefore does not lose.
--Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching