Tisha B’Av: The Destruction of ‘The God Hole’ Between the Worlds

This is one of the deepest, most solar plexus hitting, truth invoking things I have read for a long time. It is as if many things that I have felt and thought and believed were swooped up and distilled and then released back to me to breathe in deeply and allow to permeate my being. It is a meditation of sorts on Tish B’Av. For me it is a timely message. Here are a few bits, but I would enjoin you to read – very slowly and thoughtfully- the entire essay.
By Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

I thought about how destruction of ‘The God Hole’ seems worthy of a 24/7 crawler running at the bottom of CNN or Fox. Yet we never hear of it. As journalists, we cover every aspect of destruction except this one to the human soul and heart; a destruction of self that often causes all kinds of other palpable destructions to be unleashed on this poor world. I often see that injury and devastation to animals, environment, other human hearts and lives is done by humans who are most injured themselves. Wherever and however human beings are shot through and unhealed, wherever they are deadened… if unstopped, they will attempt to wound and deaden others.

Thus, a person by person restoration of The God Hole, that opening between worlds where God meets humans, that place where a far deeper more far-seeing self is stablized and restored, is newsworthy. At the opening between worlds, the answer about how to live is seldom either/or. More often, it’s and/ and/ and.

…It’s true some pray loud but choose to live shallow. Not all take the summons to heart, and that’s what it takes: widening the heart. Change of heart.

… Tisha B’av is a time to remember original self before it was landlocked or deadlocked; before it became covered over by the sand drifts of parents, culture, by stilted adaptations, by one’s own commandante ego dressed in mismatched policeman’s uniform yipping orders from shore about how to be important instead of how to love helplessly, and how to explode into aliveness time and again.

Tisha B’av is about lamenting all of this closing off the opening to the deepest remembering… why you came to earth, no small thing… and who sent you….

…We’ll be away from the workaday, that ‘keeping busy to keep my mind off what really matters to my soul.’ We’ll sit there cheek on upper arm, eyes closed, listening to the poetry of the Lamentations and answering. We’ll sit low with only our miserable little thoughts about how we have over this past many months, dynamited shut ‘The God Hole.’

I have been thinking, myself, of the importance of l’chaim. The move toward life, away from death, and how that is a reaching toward God, do we want life, do we really really want life? Enough to sorrow over what is killing us and give rise to a lamentation from our own souls?

This is an interesting way to put it:”God Hole”. It speaks volumes to me.