A Contemplative Faith
Let the Earth Keep Silence
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“You can’t know,” said the girl. “You can only believe — or not.”
— C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I am reminded that I have read that Carl Jung said, “I don’t believe, but I KNOW.”
Yes, and Richard Rohr often speaks about moving from believing to knowing. I think there is plenty to ponder here as we hold Lewis, Rohr, Jung, and perhaps The Cloud of Unknowing together in our hearts…
From my favorite book in the series.
It’s my feeling that Lewis delves more deeply into mysticism in this one than he does in the others. The whole dreamscape, journey-to-the-end-of-the-earth theme is very powerful, plumbing the unconscious and stirring up longing. I would’ve liked to have this part of the story come at the end, leaving the reader hanging a little bit as all good mystic epics (LOTR, Arthur) do.
And I tend to hold Jung in my heart a lot.
Oh, VDT is definitely my favorite Narnia book as well! Immram meets the mystical life. Gotta love it.
vdt i will read again my little girl just started magicians nephew tonight my older kids followed c.s.lewis with the visual…………..the matrix,star wars,avataretc
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