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 […]