"Tulum. I was sailing there in a boat. For the Mayas that river represents the presence. The riversides, right and left, represent the past and the future. That was a very special moment for me."
For some years now, Ana and me have a very warm-hearted email exchange. Although we have never met in person our souls must have encountered somehow. Ana is an architect and young mother in Guatemala. Some years ago she and my husband where involved in the same project. Together with her latest email she has sent this amazing photo to me, which touched me deeply at first glance. Asking her if I could publish it on my blog I found out that the picture is very important to her, too. She wrote to me:
BEING IN IT
I experienced Ana's photo as very mystical and felt myself somehow drawn into it. Like taking a look into another world, not seeing it yet, but having the opportunity. Like an open door or window. Having (an) insight. Somehow I even felt like already being in it. Timeless. Eternal. And that again is presence. Being in the flow of "it". Or like T.S. Eliot named it "the dance":
" At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. . . .
. . . Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where. And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time."
You can imagine how surprised I was, when Ana wrote a few lines about the meaning of that river, Tulum, to the Mayans and what it ment to her, when she was travelling there. Thanks Ana, my soulsister, for this wonderful experience and exchange!
read more about Tulum | Eric Voegelin on "the flow of presence" | more about Elliot's "dance" | more about the "in-between" in the oralab blog