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    The Tree of our Life -Our Karmic Footprint – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

The Tree of our Life -Our Karmic Footprint – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

June 12, 2021

Those who know my work may possibly profit by it; others perhaps will be impelled to look into my ideas. My life is what I have done, my scientific work: the one is inseparable from the other. The work is the expression of my inner development; for commitment to the contents of the unconscious forms the man and produces his transformations. (Jung, 1961, p. 222)

The California Live Oak Tree in Highland Springs, California, is over one thousand years old. As I stand before it, I feel still while feeling very much alive. I have a sense of insignificance as it towers in all directions. Life etched its way into the bark. Life left the impact of creation and destruction on the surface of this great tree. There are so many patterns, textures, and shades of gray that display the tree’s life work and what is has done. The tree stands as example of what the world above ground does. It is a harbor for some and a home for others, just like Jung’s writings.

Much like the work of Jung, the tree has life that is not seen, yet vital to its survival and growth, the work underground. It is the root system and its interaction with the soil and moisture that provides access to the nutrients the leaves need for photosynthesis. Each of us have an internal life, physical, mental, and spiritual, that informs us to be creative in our growth and healing.

The environment of this past year feels different than most. The impact of the pandemic, social injustice, and political changes has left their mark on our country as well as each of us personally. The challenge concerns how each of […]

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    The Dance of Creation-The Mystery of Relationships – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

The Dance of Creation-The Mystery of Relationships – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

June 5, 2021

Out of the tension of duality life always produces a “third” that seems somehow incommensurable or paradoxical. (Jung, 1969, p. 159 para 236)

The result of a gardener creating this Japanese garden brings me peace, quiet, serenity, and a natural flow into meditation. I stand as still as a mirror and feel what I see. I resonate with patterns of sand, shadow, and light. I notice the contrast between what is green and what is not. There is distinction and continuity. There is what grows and what is still. There is contrast and sameness. Sunlight touches everything but the effect is different for plants than it is for sand.

There is a paradox between what appears to be natural and yet is clearly made by the attendant of the garden. How do I reconcile the tension of those opposites? How do I think about how a human life has made this setting and contrast it with how human life is using up the resources on our planet?

When the two do their dance, the third appears. Let us explore the mystery of this creation. What are the ingredients of this creative process? What are the psychic forces that come to bear on this creation? This is little more than mere intellectual curiosity since the creation of this third is crucial in the dynamics of human encounters; friends or foes, lovers or enemies, gods and humans, nature and dwellers in it. While the subject matter is immense, let us make a humble beginning to tip our toes into its’ immensity.

It is said in the ancient scriptures (Kapila, 2016 (1850)) that the original being was omniscient but lonely. So, it split itself into two to have some […]

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