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    Stumped! – Our Brokenness is the Key to our Wholeness. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

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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    Balance – The Right Attitude for the Present Moment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Balance – The Right Attitude for the Present Moment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 13th, 2021

There is no position without its negation. In spite or just because of their extreme opposition, neither can exist without the other. It is exactly as formulated in classical Chinese philosophy: yang (the light, warm, dry, masculine principle) contains within it the seed of yin (the dark, cold, moist, feminine principle) and vice versa. Matter therefore would contain the seed of spirit and spirit the seed of matter. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 109 para 197)

This image is from a Chinese garden which displays the interplay of opposing forces—a doctrine of harmony and balance. As I celebrate the Chinese New Year, my contemporary self feels in touch with their ancient wisdom.

As I look at the image, I find many opposing forces, still, flowing, hard, soft, straight, curved, liquid, solid, light, dark, constructed, natural, air, earth, etc. Internally, I experience beauty and serenity as I resonate with the balance in the photo. Everything seems to be in peaceful harmony. I am grateful to a culture that promotes true wholeness.

My challenge is to allow opposing forces within myself to exist in balance. There are times that I identify with one side and engage resistance against the other, even making the other an enemy to eliminate it. I get caught up trying to have one aspect “win” over the other. Then, in that victory, want that other to no longer exist. This dynamic does not allow inner diversity nor is it real. When I see my inner life like a photograph, I see foreground and background. I can ask myself what is in focus, and what needs be in focus without losing the benefit of the whole picture. I also can ask what is out of focus […]

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    The Divine Light -May our life reflect the will of the Universe – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Divine Light -May our life reflect the will of the Universe – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 5th, 2021

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. (Jung, 1969, p. 117 para 242)

The light in this image is all reflection. The moon reflects sunlight. The clouds and water all reflect moonlight. The ultimate source of illumination, the sun, is not seen but its effect is dramatic.

There are times in my life when I feel enlivened or enthusiastic about an issue and want to take full credit for the energy of it. I value my experience and with more careful exploration, I realize that I am not the source, but rather a conduit for the source(s).

As I engage this scene, the beauty resonates. There is quiet and calm in the clouds and the surface of the ocean. Beauty is not only this moment, but it is like many moments throughout history. The capacity to appreciate beauty is deep within. I am not its source but rather a receptacle to reflect it. Like the moon is to sunlight, I need to be in the right position to reflect beauty. It is often a matter of my ability to align myself with what occurs naturally. I must remove all the mind chatter and any preoccupation to be in the moment of reflection. It is then, that I embrace how I too am illuminated by moonlight. It touches me on the surface and if I open my heart, it gently lights the corridor to the feeling of eternity.

The most profound Mantra or prayer in the Hindu Veda scriptures is the Gayatri mantra. Here it is,

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ

Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

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