The Playground of Life – Living a Symbolic Life- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.
September 18, 2021
The man, therefore, who, driven by his daimon, steps beyond the limits of the intermediary stage, truly enters the “untrodden, untreadable regions, where there are no charted ways, and no shelter spreads a protecting roof over his head. There are no precepts to guide him when he encounters an unforeseen situation—for example, a conflict of duties. (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 344)
I remember how excited I was to go to the playgrounds as a child. They were an exciting place with various structures to engage a blend of physical strength, imagination, and gravity. For the most part, it was about my ability on the piece of equipment rather than a competition against anyone else. It was a challenge, especially when it was something I had not tried before. Then of course, once I was familiar, it was about climbing faster, jumping higher, etc. It was practice of making choices, gaining new skills, as well as natural growth and development as it occurs in childhood.
Today, my “playground” is so different in a structural way. It requires making choices, but they are from a variety of ideas, responsibilities, dreams, personal and spiritual growth endeavors. When I let my dreams lead me, I always seem to be invited to be more than my ego recognizes or identifies with. There is often much more experience to engage in, more horizontal as well as vertical.
When presented with a challenge, I do better when I take an optimistic view with curiosity and action. I must ask myself what success looks like and how will I know I’m successful? I ground myself in trust that more will be revealed as the journey proceeds, rather than thinking I must know […]