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Orientation – Blog No. 14

Orientation

It has been suggested that I could get lost in a cardboard box.  I suppose I could.  It would depend, however, on whose box it was and how much space it held.  I wouldn’t want to lose myself in a shoebox, for instance.  Unless it held a pair of Ziggy Stardust’s boots, in which case I would not mind.  In other words:  choose carefully whose shoes you chuck out of the box before you get lost in it.

Orientating yourself when you know from which direction you are coming is one thing, it is quite another being equipped to orientate yourself without it mattering.  It is helpful in either instance to have at least one reference point upon which you can rely without hesitation, should such become necessary.  It is important to remember that reference points are not necessarily always fixed.  They are on occasion in flux.  And that is the crux.

It would seem to me that best orientation for each of us stems from where we truly originate, i.e. where we come from.  Where our home is.  Wherever we find ourselves in the world, there is that unfailing lifeline that will orientate a lost heart and guide it back to where it belongs.  The journey home is one that a true heart will not hesitate to take should the need arise for its repatriation.  A true heart trusts the call of community.

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The Crux – Blog No. 22

Crux

The Crux of the matter refers usually to the heart of the matter, its core. The basis of anything. When you head to the crux of anything, you are very likely to find a positive outcome, i.e. a solution. That is because you choose to begin in the right place, which is at the beginning. It can be productive to start elsewhere – like half-way between the problem and the solution – but a solution does not usually present itself to those who use short-cuts.

The Crux is also the other name for The Southern Cross, visible with the naked eye on clear nights in southern skies. It has been guiding sailors – and natives – for just about ever. It is important that you have The actual Crux when you start your search, or when you look to the sky for guidance. There is another cross – The False Cross – in the universal soup. You do not want to be reading directions from that.

It would seem that although ‘crux’ stems from Latin, it has travelled, too, via the Scandinavians and other interpreters of the time. Therefore it has different meanings, depending on why it is used, and by whom. In a literal sense for Christians, a ‘crux’, or ‘cross’, is a stark reminder of where Jesus ended his days. To someone other than that, it is not. It is reminiscent of a kiss in the night sky.

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