no traps or snares

13 Apr

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Stephen Mitchell:

“…But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes 


nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation
to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively
from his own existence. For if we think of this existence of
the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident 
that most people learn to know only a corner of their room, a
place by the window, a strip of floor on which they walk up and 
down. Thus they have a certain security. And yet that dangerous
insecurity is so much more human which drives the prisoners in 
Poe’s stories to feel out the shapes of their horrible dungeons
and not be strangers to the unspeakable terror of their abode. 

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about
us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us.
We are set down in life as in the element to which we best 
correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of 
years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we 
hold still we are, through a happy mimicry,scarcely to be

distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason todragon_and_the_princess_by_cynnalia-d394vxw
mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, 
they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abuses belong to us; 
are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we 
arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us
that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now 
still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust
and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those
ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into 
princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps 
everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless 
that wants help from us.”

There is room for all range of peace and suffering.

But Unhappy is more interesting to the mind.

What did Tolstoy see:  Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.    How many expressions of Joy can the suffering mind endure when it wants to cling to its suffering?

I spent many years wearing a groove in familiar areas of comfort, but still could not reduce the suffering.  I remember well that strip of floor by the window of my being.  It is still here with me, still contained in me, just now it can be dwarfed now by the immensity.  The dragons  from the past few years seem to have been revealed and now the princesses are all dressed up for the ball.  My being fills first my body, then the room, then the whole building.  Before you know it, I’m ocean sized and more.Try it; close your eyes and expand yourself out to your real size.

9 Responses to “no traps or snares”

  1. jonathanhilton April 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    some people tell me
    home is in the sky
    in the sky lives a spy
    i want to be more like the ocean
    no talking
    all action…
    no talking
    all action…

    Thanks for sharing the song. Made me remember college for some reason.:-)

    • marga t. April 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      Jane’s Addiction is not everybody’s cup of tea – so glad to share the words and memories 🙂 with you today!

  2. Alison April 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Infinite. Eternal.

  3. seeingm April 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Detail not shared until now… when done at my stretching class, I have gifted myself membership at a spa that has a salt water pool. For the last 10 days EVERYDAY I have gone and floated in that water. I put on my goggles and I dead man float.

    With my awareness I start with the water that is in my body working at shaping and repairing and then slowly I expand to become the water that is right around my form feeling it outline my body outside…then I when the edges begin to dissolve, I become one with the movement of the whole pool !!! and am uncontained. There is weightlessness, expansion, deep relaxation and the charge of incredible connection.

    Should not be surprised by this post, but the edges truly are blurring. We are more and more demonstrating the potentials for etheric facebook :). So happy to be in sync with one such as you. Blessings on all our separate, but collective floating heads.

    • marga t. April 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      The thinness of the amoeba walls between all beings are being remembered – mas y mas as Rilke says: we are “scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us.” The increasing syncs are affirming for not second guessing flow and connection for me. Humbled to get to go on the wagon ride/tornado trip into OZ with the likes of M – and other kinsmen! The way each and every one of my new friends has entered in the past few years has been a sync explosion – trusting, enjoying! Dead man’s float – entwined sublime divine M!

  4. prewitt1970 April 14, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    I really just wanted to press like a whole bunch but sadly once was all.

    • marga t. April 14, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      Thanks so much B man! Felt like a kid in a fancy candy store with a penny in her palm looking at your prints…We will have a new living situation come summer, and hoping icarus may shine in our new digs 🙂


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