Stumped! – Our Brokenness is the Key to our Wholeness. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
February 20, 2021
At present the only thing we know about the contents of the unconscious, apart from the fact that they are subliminal, is that they stand in a compensatory relationship to consciousness and are therefore essentially relative. It is for this reason that knowledge of the conscious situation is necessary if we want to understand dreams. (Jung, 1960b, p. 260 para 498)
The focus of the image is the remnant structure of a tree. I can spend time exploring its textures, shapes, and colors. It seems both haunting and beautiful. The life is had above ground is missing. The life underground, if any, is unknown for it is still attached to the base of life to its left.
I can treat this photo as a dream image. In my conscious life, I was captivated by the image—much like the memory of a dream that my ego can hold. I took this photo for conscious reasons, as well as unconscious reasons yet to be explored.
The challenge of such an image is its context. What happened to it and what purpose does it serve to my imagination and creative self? What story of its life do I imagine and how does that story relate to the story of my life? What feelings emerge in its remains and what feelings are felt for what was lost?
Jung’s writings give explorative permission to my imagination, rather than a solution-oriented method which leads to a conclusion. His work promotes a living dialogue between conscious and unconscious. I am not “stumped” but rather encouraged to engage the image. I inform it with a story, and it informs me to what subtle aspects of my life I can pay attention.
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