How can one possibly control one’s life when besieged with so many external controlling forces? One has to conform to bosses, neighbors, family as well as all of the body’s demands such as hormones and other inner chemical and neural forces which certainly attempt to dominate. The largest controlling force is when aging of the body and mind start to take over and not only limits activities but also raises strong doubts about what one can do in life.
Robert Peck writes how the power of the god Dionysus is symbolized by the power of wine or that power which can overpower the socially conditioned brain. The intoxicating power of wine was an excellent model for the universally described inner transformational fluid or elixir called by such names as ambrosia, amrita, soma or hormones.
Modern Science is little by little providing solid evidence that the ancient concept of an inner controlling Soul is quite supportable with recent discoveries in endocrinology.