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Rilke, Rainer Maria - 14 Third Elegy

Identifier

001985

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov - The Birds of Joy and Sorrow

 

A description of the experience

Duino Elegies – Rainer Maria Rilke [The Third Elegy]

And he himself, as he lay there, relieved,
dissolving a sweetness, of your gentle creation,
under his sleepy eyelids, into the sleep he had tasted - :
seemed protected.....But inside: who could hinder,
prevent, the primal flood inside him?

Ah, there was little caution in the sleeper:
sleeping, but dreaming, but fevered: what began there!
How, new, fearful, he was tangled in ever-spreading tendrils of inner event:
already twisted in patterns, in strangling growths, among prowling bestial forms.
How he gave himself to it -. 
Loved.
Loved his inward world, his inner wilderness, that first world within, on whose mute overthrow his heart stood, newly green.
Loved.
Relinquished it, went on, through his own roots, to the vast fountain where his little birth was already outlived.
Lovingly went down into more ancient bloodstreams, into ravines where Horror lay, still gorged on his forefathers.
And every Terror knew him, winked, like an informant.
Yes, Dread smiled.........
Seldom have you smiled so tenderly, mothers.
How could he help loving what smiled at him.
Before you he loved it, since, while you carried him, it was dissolved in the waters, that render the embryo light.

The source of the experience

Rilke, Rainer Maria

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Egg
Water

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Leukemia

Suppressions

Dreaming and lucid dreaming
Night terrors

Commonsteps

References