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    The Power of Now – Living the sacred dimension of life -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Power of Now – Living the sacred dimension of life -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

    November 28th, 2020   …wings show movement of the unconscious towards the conscious…(Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 378 para 693)   The mist above the lake shows the water temperature is warmer than the air. The early morning sunlight against the foliage of the trees set the ambiance as fall. The bird’s wings are stretched open to lift it out of the water and onto the pole. It is a scene of changes from dark to light, from water to steam, from summer to fall, and from swimming to standing. The image shows a variety of activity. The quote from Jung reminded me of how some things from the unconscious are naturally brought into consciousness, then integrated into waking life. It is much like the moment just after the photo when the bird stood on the pole. It is still wet yet clearly above the water. The “stuff” from below is brought up into the world. It is Thanksgiving weekend. It is a time of reflection and gratitude before the traditional meal celebration. This year has been filled with events like no other, or so it seems. For some will remember this year as a year when so many things are different all at once. Everyone is perched on a pole of consciousness. We have regular contact with the unconscious – the water that informs us of our depths as we perch ourselves on our little pole of adaptation; be it as a parent or child, friend or foe, great or humble, in the light or the shadow. But both these coordinates of the unconscious and the present perch of consciousness are a preparation for our flight into higher consciousness. Unfortunately, some individuals never take […]

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    Stick with the winners -The jewels in our crown -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Stick with the winners -The jewels in our crown -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

November 22, 2020

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness. (Satchidananda, 1978, p. 51 sutra 33)

When I walk in the woods at this time of year, there are moments when I seem to hear plants whisper, “Hey, look over here. Take my picture.” The beauty I encounter is vibrant as it announces the seasonal changes.

I look at the various stages of life in this one branch. I smile at its variety of leaf color and notice the berries that remain while I wonder where the others have gone. The branch displays stillness/calmness, holds its position as the cooler weather of autumn strikes it.

We are in the beginning of changes in government since the election. Patanjali gives us good instruction to help us during these stages of transition. Perhaps if we blend the sutra with an image of changing steadiness, we may retain undisturbed calmness.

The current global turmoil, magnified in the United States, generated by the pandemic, civic unrest, political crisis, and a divided nation calls for a response from our depths rather than react from the surface of our consciousness. The timeless wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra gives us a paradigm from the deeper currents of consciousness. We must be friendly towards those who celebrate the present dynamic for whatever their reasons may be. We must offer compassion for those you have endured loss and suffering. We must stay clear from the wicked who would subvert justice and humanity. Most significantly, we must align ourselves with the virtuous who follow the path of fairness, humanity, and spiritual alignment with our higher angels. Our survival depends […]

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    Ocean in a drop -Every drop defines the ocean – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Ocean in a drop -Every drop defines the ocean – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

 November 13, 2020

Heaven and earth belong together, yang and yin give birth to one another and devour one another in a way that accords with the heavenly order of things. (Jung, 1964, p. 498 para 939)

There are invisible forces working the droplet of water: molecular attraction (H2O), gravity, and evaporation. Some water molecules hold together, the force of gravity pulls them down under the branch, while other molecules evaporate. The bead reflects the earth below the branch as well as the light from above. It contains both earth and sky, yet it is neither. It is only H2O and shows me a world much more than it is. It is also a world more than I can see.

This past week, after this election, has been a yang and yin of politics. There are results favorable to some and unfavorable to others. There are forces at work that are apparent and others that are invisible to us.

Just like the droplet there are things weighing me down and holding me up. I reflect the world and am so much more than the eye can see. I pay attention to my attention in these chaotic times. I, like the camera, need to focus and hold the images I want to keep and/or grow into.

The droplet has several options; it may succumb to the forces of gravity and be absorbed in the soil, it may evaporate and become a cloud in the sky, or it may be absorbed by the plant to nurture it. These possibilities are held in the nature of the water as it holds the image of sublimation to the skies, annihilation into the earth or nurture its host. Until one of these teleological trajectories […]

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    Carpe Diem -Eyes Wide Shut – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Carpe Diem -Eyes Wide Shut – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

November 7, 2020
The integration of unconscious contents into consciousness, which is the main endeavor of analytical psychology, is just such an alteration of principle, is of the utmost significance as regards our knowledge of the world and the picture we make of it. (Jung, 1969, p. 217 para 423)

The seal looks as though the eyes are open, but upon closer examination, they are not.
I identify with the position of the seal. I barely have my head above water. I want to close my eyes to get through these moments of the election. I want to avoid waiting and want someone to wake me when it is decided. This week has the potential of political change, depending on the results, but that decision is taking days. I relax, as best as I can in the moment, keep my head afloat, and hope for the best.
I identify with the position of the seal that lives in two worlds, as Jung describes in the quote, conscious and unconscious. There is the immediate subjective moment and a much larger collective one. There is a part of me I let the world see and another part under the surface. The unseen animates and mobilizes me as I navigate the upper world.
There are times I close my eyes to use my imagination or dream. There are times I close my eyes to shut the world out. At some point, I will open my eyes, evaluate the moment as best as I can, then use that information to decide if any action is needed.
The seal is at the threshold of underwater and surface. It is in the liminal space between the unconscious and awareness. The unconscious is a source of treasures […]

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