On this date in 1994, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” one of the world’s best-known paintings, was stolen from a gallery in Oslo. The daunting depiction of a skull-like face wide-mouthed in agony and despair has become an icon of human anguish across the world.
The form, frozen in a soundless wail of powerlessness, so exemplifies the colossal sense of anxiety and uncertainty prevalent today – each day.
I have spent hours simply being with this iconic representation; praying into the power of its message. Accepting its message of dramatic proclamation of a nation, nay a global community, in devastating fear and chaos. Consciously, I cannot respond to the turbulation and anxiety of our time. Nor can I allow a sense of despair to draw me into an abyss of desperation.
In silence I seek and find release from the “clamoring of egoic inferiors,” those aspects of myself that block me from the expansiveness of collective source consciousness. Once open, clarified, my sense of inner truth merges into the velvet void of our collective source consciousness, where we find the strength and clarity to continue functioning and being of service in the external realm with its chaotic consuming turbulence.
Mohandas Gandhi, with such utter simplicity spoke these words: “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstance.” A commitment to time alone in silence clarifies, grows renewed compassion and patience – allows me to stand bravely and live truth in all my daily actions and attitudes. From our collective centered inner space can we grow all that we need to transcend the pragmatic challenges, creatively problem-solve and genuinely be grounded in the wisdom of achieving a greater good for all. For a cost of zero dollars, each of us can make a simple daily commitment to a time of silent meditation wherein the wisdom and peace requisite for our survival can be found. Collectively we do have a way beyond the powerless, soundless wail of Munch’s painting. Let’s follow it faithfully and lovingly.
Please. We lack the time to procrastinate.
Blessed be. May it be.
Selena Kilmoyer, coordinator Out of the Woods Family Shelter.
Perspective is coordinated by Interfaith Works in cooperation with The Olympian. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Interfaith Works or The Olympian.