How do we keep our spirit (strength, courage, character, guts, fortitude, determination, heart) in a society that requires domestication (to become tame, broken, disciplined, trained)? Another way to put this is, “how can we be in the world but not of the world”? Can we be free in spirit and domesticated? Can we be wild and tame? Is it either or? Do we have to choose one or the other? Of course these questions are rhetorical and given as something to ponder on.
The opposite of tame is wild and wildness seems to scare the heaven (bliss, rapture, ecstasy) out of most of us….which would land us in hell (torture, misery, torment, agony, nightmare)? I am guided this morning to look wildness in the face and make friends with it. It is fortunate and unfortunate that I have not lost complete contact with the part of my spirit that is ……shall I say untameable: (of an animal or person) not capable of being tamed, subdued, or made obedient.
Fortunate for me and sometimes unfortunate for those who attempt to dampen, squash, control what is untameable in me. I am still learning not to buck too hard as to scare anyone but instead I am learning to gallop away and take my wildness out for a ride, then I can return (still with my wildness in me but kept somewhat self contained).
I said somewhat….not completely!!!!!
Another way to look at this is through the concepts of conditioned and unconditioned, the conditioned self (broken in, habituated, hardened, accustomed) versus the authentic self (genuine, real, valid). If we do not honor the authentic in ourselves can we honor it in another? ….again rhetorical… Can we learn to love the wildness in each other? Can we learn to honor each other’s freedom?
It seems to me that wild horses are able to do what we as humans seem to find impossible. They can run together, in harmony, in wildness, in freedom, not one leaning on another but each in their wholeness. What beauty!