my opinion our life consists of three important sectors, which
we evaluate quite differently.
LAND (ego, body)
is, most familiar to all of us, reality. It is determined by a
mass of fixed, unalterable regularities which we can hardly
influence. It has become very complicated because even in the
moment we think to understand something of the confusion in the
world we fail in other parts trying to use our experiences and
rules. Therefore many of us see our lives as a permanent change
of ups and downs. However, in the spoilt society of western
shape nobody needs to fight for his physical existence. (Such a
fight was a life's work over centuries). So some of us try to
make their lives attractive
and worth living by looking for
special thrills. Others try to achieve this by looking for all
kinds of relationships which is, unfortunately, often doomed to
failure. Looking at drug consumption or sexuality or even at
hoarding property and turning to continually new esoteric
experiences we see which strange fancies such a search for the
meaning of life can produce. In case our attempts to calm down
our restless soul fail we get neurotic, depressive and our life
does not seem to be worth living anymore. This situation is
getting even worse by
comparing ourselves with others who
seem to be better off. We do not notice that human existence,
our ego, is also fed by two other (mostly forgotten) sources:
fairy land and God's land.
LAND (it, soul) is
the "inner reality", the world of our fantasy and
feelings. Today, this world from which our instincts derive
(it) is often hopelessly mixed up and damaged so that we rather
transport our needs into the PEOPLE´S LAND to go off
outside ourselves (we "let live"). Many people even
project these longings into GOD´S LAND which has fatal
consequences because by that they want to give their image of a
world which is working according to the rules of someone else.
As a result they will fail and finally remain unfulfilled.
Often our feelings are fickle and very vulnerable, that is why
I have chosen "fairies" as an image, but they still
fulfil a certain regularity which is understandable and
comprehensible. This "inner reality" can be designed
and dominated by us in such a wonderful way that is represents
freedom and security we unfortunately often forget for certain
unfulfilled hopes, longings and unrealised dreams. Important,
however, is not to get lost in FAIRY LAND.
This would be as
fatal as only to live in PEOPLE´S LAND. These facts were
already known in medieval times.
LAND (super-ego, spirit) is the third
component of our human life: the "religious reality",
a world often neglected in the so-called enlightened Europe.
There are six billion human beings in the world and from time
immemorial and with each discovery of strange races we found
out that they have some form of religion but we, as Central
Europeans of our days, claim to know that the world was wrong.
How stupid! The "religious reality" does not obey our
ideas and wishes so that the sentence: "I have my own
faith" is senseless. The rules of GOD´S LAND were
made by someone else and we can either fight against it or
accept it, we do not have another choice. Only the access to
this world is
different to everyone. We do not form GOD´S
LAND we only enter it or stay outside. This may sound very
depressing for men of action but generously there are some
things which were not put into human hands because the human
being is fortunately not the measure of all things. Ernesto
Cardenal, award-winner of the
peace prize of German book
trade, says in his book about God's love: "God lives on
the ground of the soul of everyone, hidden under the burden and
dirt of our lives". But what are we looking for? This
question is answered by all psychologists unanimously: the
value which more or less fills all of the three worlds is
called: love. The Christian God describes himself to be
Does our restlessness and dissatisfaction of our days
result from that we cannot find love because we are not
searching for God?
me it seems as if those three worlds can be compared to three
cogwheels: only the upper one (God's land) turns the other ones
in perfect harmony. If one tries to turn them in one's own
rhythm or even the other way round the teeth break out which is
And now, wanderer, look into each
land and find out what you can use for your own!