Suzi Gablik, in Conversations Before the End of Time

The soul loves the labyrinth rather than the ladder, and it prefers relatedness to distancing.  Paradox, mystery, being sick, failures, foolishness, blank spaces, not knowing where one is going, are all good for the soul, which is ripened by making mistakes.  Magic, not reason and will, accomplishes what the soul needs, allowing its eccentricity to emerge.  The soul does not have an urgent need for understanding or achievement; rather, it loves intimacy.  According to Thomas Moore, conversation is one of the ‘technologies of intimacy,’ an inherently soulful activity that gives us an appreciation for unresolved complexity.