“…My friend Mark Vernon came over for coffee yesterday. He is very much into his Freud and thus, unsurprisingly, into the idea that you have to face your demons. Slow time, for him, is the proper rhythm of healing time. It is not a coincidence, he points out, that hospitals were built around monastic institutions where slow time is staked out by the daily structure of regular prayer. He then gets all mystical on me, quoting William Blake on seeing "the world in a grain of sand … and eternity in an hour". I scoff a little at this – though I still have a gnawing sense that he is right…”
I happen to agree with Mark on this, on the importance of space, of time to sit with ones interior life, of time and stillness to discern the work of the Spirit within and without, and yes, with Freud, Jung, Rupp, Merton, Keating and others – including the Desert Fathers and Mothers – the importance of time to face ones ‘demons’ – ones own shadow, one’s darkness, and the time to bring to consciousness the realities and movements etc of the unconscious which ‘controls’ us to a far greater degree than we ever imagine – for both good and ill.
You can read Giles full column here.