On seeing each other “whole and against a wide sky?”

Re: Rilke quotes on Love and Other Difficulties, ( recently liked!) I appreciate Rilke’s observations on just why we might choose to become known to each other; this active process in contrast to thinking we can assume any thing about another’s experience.

And how about the idea of the preciousness of recognizing those relationships where in one is willing to stand guard over the other’s solitude? It seems Rilke is orienting us to the positive aspects of being with one’s self deeply. And perhaps, allowing another to be present with us in this conscious experience. As if we could be, and remain centered in our being, in the presence of another. Quite an achievement.

He then suggests that out of this conscious recognition of being with another, in solitude, we are in the position to learn “only through that which steps, festively clothed, out of the great darkness.”

In short, when in the presence of emotion, suggesting an activation/constellation of complexes, if only we could breathe, get deeply centered, and wait, present in the moment, for that which steps, festively clothed, out of the great darkness.

Stories about encounters with the Festively Clothed?

“A togetherness between two people is an impossibility, and where it seems, nevertheless, to exist, it is a narrowing, a reciprocal agreement which robs either one party or both of his fullest freedom and development. But, once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky!

Therefore this too must be the standard for rejection or choice: whether one is willing to stand guard over the solitude of a person and whether one is inclined to set this same person at the gate of one’s own solitude, of which he learns only through that which steps, festively clothed, out of the great darkness.”

See page Source: Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties






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