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    A Hole in the Rock – One world, many realities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Hole in the Rock – One world, many realities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

July 25th, 2020

It is curious how often the medieval symbolists give diametrically opposed interpretations of the same symbol, apparently without becoming aware of the far-reaching and dangerous possibility that the unity of the symbol implies the identity of the opposites. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 129 para 196)

This piece of limestone offers contradictory characteristics. It is rock solid, and it has a hole in the middle created by water erosion. It is rock solid, and the roots of the plants are embedded into it as they grow. It is not alive and contains fossils of life lived long ago. It is a wall that disrupts the view, and a frame for what is behind it. It is in contrast and in harmony with its environment.

The challenge of our times with Covid-19 and the racial injustice protests is their interpretations hold the tension of opposites. The rules of engagement are followed and challenged. The dynamics protect and deconstruct. The value of each is open to interpretation of distinction and inclusion. The leadership wavers depending on where you live and is often drawn along political party lines. The position often depends on whether there is belief in the value of science. Our current events are contradictory and complex. They demand consideration, dialogue, and negotiation.

I know I like things to be simple; a rock is a rock, no wavering. The image gives the complexity beauty and illustration of the importance of flexible thinking. So, my challenge is to hold the image of contemporary living and include the opposites so I can find resolution rather than destruction. It is up to me to provide guidance to the separation and inclusion dynamics living in our society today.

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    SSS – Password to login to the Spirit-Making Room for the Sacred dimension of life-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

SSS – Password to login to the Spirit-Making Room for the Sacred dimension of life-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

July 18, 2020

We seek the effective images, the thought-forms that satisfy the restlessness of heart and mind, and we find the treasures of the East. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 13)

I was walking through a small village when I encountered this woman sitting on the wall. When I gestured to her to gain permission to take her photo. She nodded. As I raised my camera, she raised her hands to the namaste position. I pressed the shutter and lowered my camera but continued to look at her looking at me. I felt blessed. Her grounded soulfulness welcomed the moment of encounter with another. I felt her hospitality; without a camera she captured me. There was need for a polite smile by either of us. The gratitude of being recognized at a deeper level eliminated the idea of surface pleasantries.

Life in the United States has very few moments of stillness unless we make them. The pandemic, social justice, political upheaval, concerns about schooling in the fall leave little space for a full acknowledgement. Yet, we all need to be seen, heard, understood, and loved. I would benefit from creating and partaking in more moments with the woman sitting on a wall.

Most of us engage a lifestyle of horizontal engagement with the mundane, survival dimension of our daily, routine and busy existence. This calls for a balance with attention to a vertical axis of interiority, spirituality and the sacred dimension of our lives. When the horizontal, survival axis of our daily life intersects with the vertical, archetypal axis of our inner life, it forms a symbol of the Cross – a symbol of Wholeness. This calls for a sacrifice in the material/horizontal life to make room for the […]

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    Stepping across the Threshold -The Spirit within, without and all around us-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

Stepping across the Threshold -The Spirit within, without and all around us-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

July 11, 2020

While the contents of a personal unconscious are felt as belonging to one’s own psyche, the contents of the collective unconscious seem alien, as if they came from outside.(Jung, 1960b, p. 312)

A threshold has significance. It is a place of division and union. I am inside protected from the elements and have only a partial view of the outside. I am limited by my position in relationship to the threshold. The door reminds me of the boundary between inside/outside worlds.

The photograph itself shows a visual range of light and shadow, texture, and dimension. As a photo, the major flaw is in the floor of the archway. It is so light you cannot see the bricks. As an image, it demonstrates the importance of threshold knowledge: what are you stepping on, or what are you stepping into? It is not clear what would happen if I took a right-hand turn at the doorway.

My personal space in the photo appears easy to navigate. I am unclear about the outside/collective. I have some ideas about what is outside from its limited view. I have choice about how much of the outside I want to see in this moment by my position in relationship to the threshold. provides a reminder of a mechanism to barrier when closed.

Today’s breaking news is filled with drama of a pandemic, social injustice, and governmental turmoil. The remote control, radio, and newspaper are thresholds of outside news. How much of it do I step into? How do I balance inside and outside influence? What does my threshold of outside news do? How informed am I of my inside world? What lets me know how I am? Certain complexes arise on account […]

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    Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

 
July 4, 2020
 
In addition, dreams can rely on subliminal memory traces that are no longer able to influence consciousness effectively. With regard to prognosis, therefore, dreams are often in a much more favorable position than consciousness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 256)
 

This wishing well was placed during the 1800’s. It sits off to the side of the property which allows privacy as I consider the wish I want to make. The scenery is tranquil. The air is fresh, My ears rest in silence. This opportunity feels like anything is possible. It feels like a dream. I am in the world of no restrictions, no movement, and yet in the world of potential.
The photo was taken in February 2020, when the world was so different. Sometimes it is hard to remember back then. It is like chasing a dream to journal before waking up too much. It feels elusive and remote. I am grateful to have the image to remind me of the gesture of the wishing well—the tossing of a coin into it. It is different than prayer that is tossed to the heavens. The coin is something of value I am willing to let go of to give me hope that my wish will come true. I have made an investment in my future.
In this resurge of the pandemic in the United States, the social unrest, etc., it would be valuable to find cherished moments of life to hold onto, and to still dream/wish for healing to happen and make needed changes in our democracy for social justice. The energy from those moments can be used to create action. The wishing well should say, “Make a wish. Now do the work to have it come […]

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