IF I step back and try to describe the synthesis of what Thomas Moore (modern), Csikszentmihalyi, Alan Watts, and other authors have taught me, the words which come to mind are “enchantment”, “attention” and “meaning”.
What is “enchantment? Moore refers to it as a feeling that comes over us which affects our hearts and perceptions. It is something which controls and, perhaps even guides, affects and “pushes” our lives in a particular direction. It could be thought of as a “magic spell” right out of a fairy tale in some sense. Rubber fetish is an extremely strong example of an enchantment.
Attention is really nothing more than focus, the deliberate concentration of your consciousness on some thing, idea, etc.
Meaning is what gives value to our lives. This refers to the quest for self-actualization; to become who we really are rather than what others want us to be; to climb to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; to become all we can be. The Greeks referred to this as “Entelechia” which means, roughly, the drive from within to fulfill Purpose.
This pursuit of meaning IS our enchantment. It engages us…it is Flow.
For “deep” Rubberists, RubberNauting is a process in which we deliberately engage and explore this weird enchantment to its fullest because that is who we are. Becoming authentic to that is our “Great Work”. It is our Magnum Opus.
“This, above all.
To Thine Own Self Be True. (TTOSBT)
Then, as the day follows the night,
Thou canst not be false to any man.”