Paper and Pencil in a Monastery

I imagine myself seated at a table in a small room with no other furniture. The word monastery comes to mind to describe where I am in my imagination. Paper and pencil appear on the table. I pick up the pencil and write: I can’t change anything from inside these stone walls. I stand up, as if I know of no other way to protest my own written words. I have chosen solitude, haven’t I? There is no car for me to drive. The sea is far away, and I am without a boat. I glance around the bare room. Where is a bicycle when I need one? These sentences aren’t enough. I picture a stack of books by my new favorite psychological thinker, James Hillman. Reality doesn’t allow me to create books with my imagination. I picture a door appearing in one of the stone walls, and I know where it leads: to a bookstore where I can find all of Hillman’s books in one row. Without warning, my hand holding the pencil stops moving across the page, and I realize that I have created something: all of these words on the piece of paper that I have been reading and rereading in the form of sentences. Silence has helped create this paragraph. I am in a monastery in my mind.


5 thoughts on “Paper and Pencil in a Monastery

  1. Thank you for your comment. I have been rediscovering James Hillman. I read The Soul’s Code in the late 1990s, when I was doing my master’s in psychology, and like you, I enjoyed it, but then for reasons that remain a mystery to me, I stopped reading him, although I did buy a couple of his books (but not The Lament of the Dead) in Spanish translation while I lived in Madrid. His writings are providing me with another approach to what I am learning and discovering about myself in my psychoanalysis. I have discovered that there is a Uniform Edition of the Writings of James Hillman, which I think consists of 9 volumes (and as far as I know, his books such as The Soul’s Code are not included in these volumes), and I have ordered two of them so far. I will let you know how the reading goes.

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  2. Wow yes, I have admittedly wondered how it would be like if we could create books with our imaginations. Or if we had the technology to turn our imaginations into books! That would help those who have good stories, but don’t have the skills or patience to write them (for example, if they dislike writing, but have good stories to tell.)

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