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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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    Fantasy – A portal to your unique personality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Fantasy – A portal to your unique personality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

 
   
 October 30, 2020 

 
 There I was concerned with the interplay between conscious and unconscious, with the development of consciousness from the unconscious, and with the impact of the greater personality, the inner man, upon the life of every individual. (Jung, 1961, p. 221)

The work of spring planting and summer tending is done. The results are in. It is harvest time. This pumpkin has been harvested from the field by a person and then by an animal. When I saw it, my imagination began a journey of practical curiosity: What happened? How did that hole get there? What would chew through it? Why are there seeds outside it? Is there some creature still inside? Then I started meandering from a more intellectual perspective. What does it symbolize? What does the discovery of this pumpkin mean to mean right now?
I encourage you, as a reader, to be active with this image. Develop your own story and questions about it before reading further. Explore the journey of your thoughts and feelings. Bring them to harvest.
Jung’s quote at the opening of the blog applies very well to the scene. When the shell has an opening, the seeds from the darkness within are brought out into the light of the world. Something in life chewed a hole in the pumpkin. The wound provides a way for the golden seeds inside to come out. What is inside provides more life.
One of the highest attributes of the human psyche is the capacity to fantasize. The process of imagination helps us fantasize and create an image or project the contents of our unconscious onto an available image. This makes what is latent manifest. This permits the wisdom of the unconscious a vote […]

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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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    Prima Materia – Projections from the soul-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Prima Materia – Projections from the soul-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

September 25, 2020

The basis of the opus, the prima materia, is one of the most famous secrets of alchemy. This is hardly surprising, since it represents the unknown substance that carries the projection of the autonomous psychic content. (Jung, 1968, pp. 317, para 425)

When I was a child, my friends and I would go outside on a partly cloudy day, lie down, and see what shapes were in the clouds. There were things all of us could see, but every now and again, someone would see something no one else could see. They would not point it out, but the rest of us had to find it and call out, “got it” or if we couldn’t find it, we would say “ok you win. Where is it?” It was a fun game to play. It was completely organic, and the time limited shapes captured our imaginations.

How we interact with things we see in the outside world depends on perception (perhaps facts that lead to a conclusion) and/or imagination. Ordinary life is quite different than nine months ago. The familiar is shifted, disrupted, or even destroyed. So now our task is to evaluate what has been given, recognize what we now face, and choose the best response to it. Life changes much like the clouds. However, we are not powerless or helpless in life unless we just watch life as it goes by. The current state of the world is often a result of human action. The challenge is to cherish, invigorate or stand up for what you value. The world needs our participation to make it a better place.

Each one of us deals with the crisis and trauma in a unique way. It is […]

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