Witnessing is an archetypal and deeply human behavior, recognized to be of supreme value since the earliest experiences of our human ancestors.
The moment of the birth of a child is the moment when we get to witness the birth of Psyche into the body. Right then, Psyche herself sings her song of absolute joy at being born on earth. All who she touches laugh and play at the sight and sound of a newborns laughter. The young one explores and finds joy in so many things. But then after a year or two, the child grows, the demands of society creep in, and begin to box in the Psyche of the little one. School, social norms, and eventually work and family…the various demands of daily living call upon each of us to pay attention. Eventually, though as we move closer to the end of our life span one passes through the mythic threshold from healthy and ill into the landscape of dying. A place where many of the demands of daily living fall away and much like at the beginning of life, Psyche is again free of many concerns.
And it is at this time that we are able to bear witness to something absolutely exquisite: Psyche’s long lament of love that she sings as she prepares to separate from the body that she has shared for a lifetime. …psyche’s final farewell. It is here, in this unique landscape, defined by the time of dying, that we and our human ancestors