De Profundis

So, anybody out there up on their Latin? Or their Psalms? Or their movie dialogue?

This post’s title comes from a famous Latin phrase. The full verse is: De profundis clamo ad te, Domine. (Of course, it wasn’t written in Latin originally, but it’s a cool thing to say; just rolls off the tongue.)

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Translation: Out of the depths I cry unto you, O Lord. It’s from Psalm 130.

Or, from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie The Sixth Sense.

[When I heard the line in the flick, I knew what it meant before they translated it. Thank you, Father Pius — one of my high school Latin teachers]

At any rate, the quote suddenly occurred to me the other day. When I Googled it, it turned up being used in several blogs recently. Synchronicity at work.

According to Biblical lore, King David (in the picture) wrote this when he was feeling pretty low, which seems to have been fairly often if you’ve ever given Psalms a look. This was evidently David’s scene: feel bad, pluck the lyre, make up a psalm. Probably worked as well as any anti-depressant. He was one of the world’s premier music therapists, I suppose.

Back to synchronicity. I mean, I wasn’t feeling down when the quote came to me. It must have just been floating about in the collective unconscious and bobbed to the surface. For several people, by the looks of it.

Why is that floating around now? People worried about the economy? Expecting God to give them some hot stocks for their IRAs? Well here’s a news flash: Don’t go to God for stock tips, because as Einstein supposedly said, “God does not play dice with the Universe.”

[BTW, if you think the stock market is anything other than a sophisticated casino, think again. Anymore, it doesn’t have anything to do with how a company is doing, or the quality of its product. It’s about what the computer programs say, and about “the house” (the large investor) taking “the suckers” (you and me) for a ride.]

Oh, yeah — synchronicity. It may be the mind’s fervent need to make sense of the random (I doubt that), but it seems like certain themes, events, etc. associate themselves with each other to give us messages or lessons. That’s one way to think about synchronicity.

So, what am I supposed to get from Psalms 130:1? I think it has to do with remembering that the Higher Self is always there, even when one is not in the depths. After all, as I said before, I wasn’t there when the quote hit me. Also, I think it’s about not waiting until one is in the depths to check out whatever guidance there is to be had. In other words, it’s always good to see what can be gleaned from powers that have a greater perspective.

How to go about this checking is one’s personal choice. From prayer and meditation to Tarot cards and bird entrails, various methods have been tried. I know some prefer looking at guts, but as for myself, I think I’ll pass on the entrails.

However you choose to do it, pick your method and don’t be concerned about how others go about it. As they say in Latin: De gustibus non est disputandum (There ain’t no accounting for taste).

4 thoughts on “De Profundis”

  1. Ahhhh… two of my favorite things! Synchronicity and the collective unconscious!

    For me, it seems synchronicities show up when I’m either on the right track or I need to investigate something further. They never, ever cease to create of sense of wonder.

    The collective unconscious is truly a magnificent thing! I’ve discovered that putting a lot of focus and energy on a particular idea/subject seems to tap into the ideas “floating around” out there from the thoughts and studies of others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pondered something, come to some “unheard of” conclusions regarding it, then opened a book, turned on the television, or browsed a website and found my very observations presented by another. Well, I could tell you but then I’d have to… =)

    I’ve also discovered that when one is in a certain state of mind or spirit, they tend to align with the thoughts and feelings of others who are resonating at the same frequency. I’m sure you’ve experienced and have knowledge of all these things I’ve mentioned. This experience… isn’t it grand?

  2. What is the one thing (trick) that you do to get people to believe this stuff? Do you find a faerie circle and show the skeptic a real fairy? I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 100… if you can tell me what that number is… then I would have to wonder. Do you use tarot to determine the sex of unborn babies accurately (say, above 80%)?

    There are things we don’t understand — but I don’t see why you need all the baggage and myth around everything.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Larry. The things I write about are based on the study of the human psyche. These methods and symbols are reliable in their ability to produce certain states of mind. They obviously resonate with something deep within us. I present the information as I have studied it and have come to know it. I don’t see it as my function to convince anyone of anything. I offer it, and others sift it for personal fit. There certainly are things that we don’t understand. What I write about is one way of attempting to help people come to grips with those things and try to understand them as well as they can. Over time, these methods (and others) have shown themselves to be useful for this purpose.

      Using Tarot cards for things like predicting the sex of a baby is a trivialization of the power of this system or psychic map. I don’t use the cards for trivial things. When I read for people, it is in the interest of allowing them to contact their own inner wisdom, not for parlor tricks.

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