Marion Milner: Eternitys Sunrise

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Her the wholesale rejection of the body which had become so embedded in the way Christianity had developed since the days of Christ really was what Christ had meant Could it be showing the mosaic maker s own intuition that to be truly human did not mean denying the body but redeeming it rom the body mind split that practical life in the world so often seems to demand redeeming it by a recurrent resurr Despite the subtitle A Way of Keeping a Diary this is not a self help book nor even a creative writing guide Marion Milner examines beads in her diaries moments of intense personal experience which through introspection and self analysis offer her insights into her individuality When I began reading Eternity s Sunrise I was startled and delighted to Her Kind Of Cowboy find I shared some of these beads with her in her visits to Greece Yet when I read on I lost this sense of identification as her writing became increasingly self absorbed and distantrom my own experiences I shall hold onto her concept of beads as insights in my own diaries into my individuality and also to the book itself His Pregnant Christmas Princess for her vivid descriptions of the Greece I have myself known Yet somehow the book s early promiseailed to deliver and I have been left with a Through the Language Glass feeling of disappointment. Is her lifelong intention to live as completely as possible in the moment With a new introduction by Hugh Haughton Eternity’s Sunrise will be essential readingor all those interested in reflecting on the nature of their own happiness – whether readers rom a literary an artistic a historical an educational or a psychoanalyticpsychotherapeutic background.


Reasons This isn t what one expects rom a travelogue There isn t anything that a casual tourist looks or It will appeal only to the tourist of the psyche playing with the images that stand out or the author in her travels viewed as one might read the images in dreamsSome passages that I penciled stand outp 23 Now I knew what it was I had missed in the other two visits when there had been no time to climb the mountain knew that it had not been that I had wanted just to see what You Are Not A Gadget flowers and birds were there nor to get to the top nor toind the Bacchantes cave we really knew we d never reach it but rather to achieve something of what arriving at a holy place by mechanical transport deprives one of the sense of spending not one s money but one s self to get thereSee the Greek play Bacchantes by Euripides O hidden cave of the Curetes which the author had been reading while on an earlier trip to Greecep 33 I had certainly Sanctuary found that the whole idea of turning one s attention inwards was deeply threatening to some peoplep 39 Contemplating the Daphni monastery Christ Pantrocrator mosaic could this be a glimpse of a new vision that the artist who made the mosaic was speculating about perhaps not even knowing that he was a secret doubt whet. At has a warmth or glow which comes in response to asking the simple uestion What is the most important thing that happened yesterday From these beads – sacred horrific profaneunny – grows a sense of an ‘answering activity’ the result of turning one’s attention inwards to experience real joy What Marion Milner conveys so vividly and inspirationally.

This was a satisfying read in that the author was aging at this point and became if possible even introspective and it was Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, fascinating toollow the delight she took in seemingly simple things but on a much deeper level Internalizing experience can happen at a lot of levels and it seems to me that as one ages one seems to see eternity easily in the mundane I think that s what I m trying to get at as what I Friendfluence found in this bookMarion Milner also wasn t just any aging woman She was someone who d explored her inner workingsrom the time she was young had spent years helping others do so as a psychoanalyst and had never stopped growing and learning and considering that there was something deeper she needed to get at So many people seem to decide that they re One Part Woman finished at some point and become know it all than uesting Ieel that it s our uests that really define us and make us wise rather than just knowledgeableThe book is organized as a kind of internal travelogue It Stranger follows her onour different trips to Greece and a visit to Israel paying attention only to what stood out Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis for her observations if you will that she identifies as beads as if she were putting together a string of prayer beads each one specialor its own and her own internal. Following on rom A Life of One’s Own and An Experiment in Leisure Eternity’s Sunrise explores Marion Milner’s way of keeping a diary Recording small private moments she builds up a store of ‘bead memories’ A carved duck a sprig of asphodel moments captured in her travels in Greece Kashmir and Israel circus clowns a painting each makes up a 'bead' th.