From Mundane to the Sacred Dimension – The Power of Stillness -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.
April 10, 2021 I therefore think of ego-consciousness as a synthesis of various “sense-consciousness, ” in which the independence of each separate consciousness is submerged in the unit of the overruling ego. (Jung, 1960b, p. 324 para 614) The image captures a moment of movement and stillness. The water cascades over the rocks and falls into the small pool of bubbles beneath. Some leaves are carried downstream while others rest. There are rocks with algae life on them while others are dry. Moss and small plant life grow in place along the side of the stream. The context of the photo is absent. There are no sounds, smells, weather conditions, or geography to inform the viewer of the bigger picture. It is just a moment. There are times when my ego is so sure of itself. I forget that my sense of who I am is limited much like the photograph. I can capture a moment and miss not only the context but also the influences and distractions of unknow parts. In our current circumstances, there are so many external influences that pull me as well as the internal dynamics of how I see myself. I am more than the “snapshot” I see of myself. I live in a context and under the influence of so many forces. We are never alone. We live in a community. Even when we seek solitude in the forest at the anchorite stage of life – the Sanyasi, we are in the presence of the sacred – the Brahman. In the sacred scriptures of the East,(Patañjali & Hartranft, 2003) seeking such solitude to establish a union – a state of Samadhi with the Spirit is the ultimate goal of […]