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    The Inner Witness – The transient and the timeless reality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Inner Witness – The transient and the timeless reality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

  
  
 October 25, 2020

 A definite location in place and time is part of man’s reality. (Jung, 1968, p. 191 para 283)

 
The trees and flowers in the garden show me how life changes at this time of year. The leaves appear painted with yellows, oranges, and reds. There is a different kind of visual vibrancy and a touch of cool that has not been available all summer. For the past few months, the foliage has been consistent. One day looked much like the others. Nothing in the garden indicated change. Then suddenly, or so it seems, things have changed. Spirit of fall is painting the deciduous tree leaves to alert me to the last quarter of the year. Nature’s canvas has shown the passing and passage of time.
The external world beyond the garden is entering another season as well. It is the time of debates, campaigns, and the casting of ballots. It is a time of challenge to the current state of the country’s democratic process and a chance to promote a better future. It seems like a season of uncertainty where both darkness and light show themselves. This time of a normal life in the United States includes acknowledging all the struggles toward a better life for all, for some have not been equally included.
The metaphor of the seasons helps me remember life changes. Leaves start as buds in the spring, spend the summer in the sun, then fall in the third quarter before they leave bare branches for the winter’s rest.
While we exist in a certain time, place, and space, it is only when we move from the experiencing consciousness to observing consciousness that we get our true coordinates of our […]

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    Tears – The healing elixir of the soul- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Tears – The healing elixir of the soul- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

October 17, 2020 

The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center. Through this dream I understood that the self is the principle and archetype of orientation and meaning. Therein lies its healing function. (Jung, 1961, pp. 198-199)

The pandemic continues to spread. The number of cases and deaths increase every day here in the United States. Sadness and grief can be overwhelming at times. Sadness stems from the fact that some of the numbers would be reduced if more people followed CDC guidelines. Grief comes from the loss of connection to normal life and the changed families/friends of lives that ended.

One morning as I wiped away the tears, I noticed how casually I used the tissues and discarded them. I treated them as an inconvenience or annoyance. I stopped to notice the subtleties of what I was doing. I remembered stories I heard as a young adult about how upon the pharaoh’s death, criers were hired to fill little glass vials with tears and buried with them. The practice was done so the gods on the other side would know how much the pharaoh was missed. The morning of that image, I changed discarding my tears (my connection to humanity) as if they had no value.

Each time I become aware of sadness and/or grief I acknowledge my humanity with gratitude. I look towards my center that gives meaning to my values of human life. I add perspective to my experience and look to what I can do to make the situation better: I cherish my tears; I practice CDC guidelines and encourage others to do the same; I protect myself and others from becoming another statistic of this pandemic. I will vote […]

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    A fool’s mirror – A source of the wisdom of the depths – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

A fool’s mirror – A source of the wisdom of the depths – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

 October 10, 2020 

If the world of the senses and all thought of it are completely extinguished, then the inner world springs into relief more distinctly. (Jung, 1969, pp. 571, para 938)

The window acts as a mirror to the external when there is no light inside. The glass is not treated. It is a plain and simple window. The external conditions, time of day, position of the sun, and amount of light do not allow the camera to photograph what is inside. The visual sense is dominant, yet my knowledge of this house informs me there is more in this scene than meets the eye. There is an internal world not revealed in this image.

The photograph exemplifies a moment of life when the only view is external. In these changing times, it is vital for me to remember to turn the light on inside. I must not let the external be the only view I have. I need to activate my internal sense abilities and resources to keep balance. As Jung suggests the inner world can provide a place of relief. It is more effective what I turn off the senses to the outside world.

There are individuals who do not turn on the inner light to harvest the mystery of their personal unconscious as a guide. While there are others who by design turn off the inner light or have worked through their personal issues – they become light. Such individuals who do not turn on their inner light or have no more need to turn on the lights are the most precious resource for the community. They become a mirror that reflects the collective. These are the old souls that become a reflective mirror […]

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    Reality and reflection -The surface ripples and the pond of eternity-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Reality and reflection -The surface ripples and the pond of eternity-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

October 3, 2020

Reflection re-enacts the process of excitation and carries the stimulus over into a series of images which, if the impetus is strong enough, are reproduced in some form of expression. This may take place directly, for instance in speech, or may appear in the form of abstract thought, dramatic representation, or ethical conduct; or again, in a scientific achievement or a work of art. (Jung, 1969, pp. 117, para 242)

This environment creates an imposing/darker mood. The stained-glass house looks better as it is reflected in the water. Its colors have better tones. I would describe the upper image as warm or pastel coloration. The image in the water looks more rich or deep. The night ambiance on the tree leaves certainly are autumn and its reflection transform them to a deeper time in the season.

The image exemplifies the importance of presentation. When I impose an environment of friendliness on an interaction, the situation looks quite different than if I create a hostile or unfriendly atmosphere. The “how” I reflect and “what” I reflect are not the entire picture, but only a moment in time.

In today’s world, the extremes are more present as they provide sensational “breaking news”. Both sides of the spectrum create drama as well as conspiracy theories to bring in more possibilities. Our power of discernment is essential to a healthy life. How much to listen to and how much to believe are just as important as what can I do to help the situation.

The news of President Trump testing positive for Covid-19 is ripe for a myriad of reflection. So much of what is said is dependent on what ‘they” want people to believe—which might be the truth or […]

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