: very old : having lived or existed for very long time
: of, coming from, or belonging to a time that was long ago in the past
Ancient (adj.): mid-14th century, auncyen, from Old French ancien “old, long-standing,” from Vulgar Latin anteanus, literally “from before,” adjectivization of Latin ante “before, in front of, against” (from Proto-Indo-European anti “against,” locative singular of ant- “front, forehead;” related to ante).
Specifically, in history, “belonging to the period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire” (and contrasted with medieval and modern). In English law, “from before the Norman Conquest.”
“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”
Confucius (551 BCE – 479 BCE, Chinese thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought; his influence in Chinese history compares with that of Socrates in the West.)
“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
Lao Tzu (Also known as Laozi, according to Chinese tradition, philosophical Daoism (one of the three main pillars of Chinese thought along with Confucianism and Buddism) traces its origins to Laozi, an extraordinary thinker who flourished during the sixth century B.C.E.)
“One should learn even from one's enemies.”
Ovid (43 BCE – 17 CE, born Publius Ovidius Naso, Roman poet noted especially for writing “Ars amatoria” and “Metamorphoses.” According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “His verse had immense influence both by its imaginative interpretations of classical myth and as an example of supreme technical accomplishment.”)
“I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
Langston Hughes (1902-1967, American poet, novelist, and playwright who was major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.)
“Does progress mean that we dissolve our ancient myths? If we forget our legends, I fear that we shall close an important door to the imagination”
James Christensen (b. 1942, American artist who is inspired by myths, fables, fantasies, and tales of imagination)
“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One... I am become Death, the Shatterer of Worlds.”
The Bhagavad Gita (700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata)
“Man was so created by the Lord as to be able while living in the body to speak with spirits and angels, as in fact was done in the most ancient times; for, being a spirit clothed with a body, he is one of them.”
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772, Swedish scientist, inventor, philosopher, theologian and mystic; best known for his book on the afterlife, “Heaven and Hell.”)
“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” — Langston Hughes
There are many modes to connect us back to the ancient stirrings of our souls. Much depends on our preferences to explore such undiscovered lands.
Some of us commune with the ancient elements of our world by hiking, camping, and telling stories by a fire. Mystically, fire as an ancient entity, has a great deal to share and to remind us.
So many of us peer back to ancient times through our imaginations while reading mythologies and watching fantasy films or fairy tales. No wonder such tales like “Game of Thrones” and the “Lord of Rings” trilogies are such a pop phenomenon. Such epic stories prime our passions. Maybe, that’s our resistance in giving up war. The dance with death, unfortunately, still makes us feel alive.
Dreams can also send us on vivid and mysterious journeys, not only to ancient times, but to futuristic worlds as well. While participating in ritual, dance, or while chanting ancient mantras can also transport us back to original and familiar worlds.
It’s going to be amazing, as we evolve, to contemplate and understand our deep, expansive, and immense origins, and how it All connects. Let us imagine the possibilities and our potentials.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya