No Work

“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands … is to succumb to violence.                                                                                                                                                                                        Thomas Merton


rosesFor most of my life, like so many of us, I succumbed to the kind of violence Merton so aptly describes, the violence of overwork. I was a striver, a careerist, raising the bar, never resting, always searching for the next big project.

Imagine my surprise when I came across a Dialogue with Works I wrote many years ago at an Ira Progoff Intensive Journaling Workshop that insists on NO WORK. The Progoff method by-passes the conscious mind in accessing inner wisdom. The voice that speaks inside this dialogue is erotic, the voice of a seducer. “We are your dark princes…” it tells me, “your jacks of secret bliss…we want the blinds to go down, the telephone off the hook…”

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