Stepping across the Threshold -The Spirit within, without and all around us-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis
July 11, 2020
While the contents of a personal unconscious are felt as belonging to one’s own psyche, the contents of the collective unconscious seem alien, as if they came from outside.(Jung, 1960b, p. 312)
A threshold has significance. It is a place of division and union. I am inside protected from the elements and have only a partial view of the outside. I am limited by my position in relationship to the threshold. The door reminds me of the boundary between inside/outside worlds.
The photograph itself shows a visual range of light and shadow, texture, and dimension. As a photo, the major flaw is in the floor of the archway. It is so light you cannot see the bricks. As an image, it demonstrates the importance of threshold knowledge: what are you stepping on, or what are you stepping into? It is not clear what would happen if I took a right-hand turn at the doorway.
My personal space in the photo appears easy to navigate. I am unclear about the outside/collective. I have some ideas about what is outside from its limited view. I have choice about how much of the outside I want to see in this moment by my position in relationship to the threshold. provides a reminder of a mechanism to barrier when closed.
Today’s breaking news is filled with drama of a pandemic, social injustice, and governmental turmoil. The remote control, radio, and newspaper are thresholds of outside news. How much of it do I step into? How do I balance inside and outside influence? What does my threshold of outside news do? How informed am I of my inside world? What lets me know how I am? Certain complexes arise on account […]