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    Reality and illusion – The process of discernment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Reality and illusion – The process of discernment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 8th, 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 for 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)

My first impression of the image leaves me wondering, what the heck? It is upside down. Then I think wait a minute, that is not right. I look at it closer and realize the image is water reflecting the trees at a street corner. I see something awfully familiar, but I must translate it to have it make sense to me. So, what is real is the grass, curb, pavement, and water. Yet what I see is more than three-dimensional reality. The trees are real, in the picture, and not really in the picture. I must reflect and interpret the image. I could have made it easier on the viewer if I took a picture of the trees or the water and not a photograph of the trees reflected in the water. Confused? Such is today’s world.

The image must be interpreted or reflected upon before it is clear. When I watch or listen to the news, I cannot take it straight in. There are filters of how life used to be and now what seems to be the new normal conflict with each other. There are many events disrupting current life; Covid-19, racial injustice protests, political disputes between parties, prolific misinformation, etc. Anticipation of what life will be in the United […]

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    Renewal – Melting and Recasting – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Renewal – Melting and Recasting – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 1, 2020

The conscious mind often knows little or nothing about its own transformation and does not want to know anything. The more autocratic it is and the more convinced of the eternal validity of its truths, the more it identifies with them.(Jung, 1970, pp. 358, para 503)

The eucalyptus routinely sheds its bark. It lets go of all the external layers until its smooth surface is fully exposed. I love the textures, colors, and shapes of the bark as it loses its weather shield. It The way it looks to the outside world always changes, and the core remains essentially the same. I value this example of dynamic living. It demonstrates internal and external cooperation for living fully into its nature

Our lives are more uncertain as we adjust to the current conditions and look to the future. The pandemic, social protests, and loss of employment for millions of people created a difficult climate to live in. It requires more protection (masks/social distancing) and engagement with our values regarding racism. The news gives us daily counts of Covid-19 cases and deaths. The choice to shield our core or have empathy for others feel at odds with each other. How many layers (like bark) do we place between our core and the outside world? When will it be safe to remove a layer we no longer need? Life now feels more organic, and less routine. Each moment requires assessment and awareness of it, so we choose a response congruent to our nature.

In every individual and society, a certain viewpoint is the dominant frame of reference. It guides the politics, commerce, education, wealth distribution, power gradient and leadership. However, over time, this view point becomes outdated and […]

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    A Hole in the Rock – One world, many realities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Hole in the Rock – One world, many realities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

July 25th, 2020

It is curious how often the medieval symbolists give diametrically opposed interpretations of the same symbol, apparently without becoming aware of the far-reaching and dangerous possibility that the unity of the symbol implies the identity of the opposites. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 129 para 196)

This piece of limestone offers contradictory characteristics. It is rock solid, and it has a hole in the middle created by water erosion. It is rock solid, and the roots of the plants are embedded into it as they grow. It is not alive and contains fossils of life lived long ago. It is a wall that disrupts the view, and a frame for what is behind it. It is in contrast and in harmony with its environment.

The challenge of our times with Covid-19 and the racial injustice protests is their interpretations hold the tension of opposites. The rules of engagement are followed and challenged. The dynamics protect and deconstruct. The value of each is open to interpretation of distinction and inclusion. The leadership wavers depending on where you live and is often drawn along political party lines. The position often depends on whether there is belief in the value of science. Our current events are contradictory and complex. They demand consideration, dialogue, and negotiation.

I know I like things to be simple; a rock is a rock, no wavering. The image gives the complexity beauty and illustration of the importance of flexible thinking. So, my challenge is to hold the image of contemporary living and include the opposites so I can find resolution rather than destruction. It is up to me to provide guidance to the separation and inclusion dynamics living in our society today.

Each one of […]

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    SSS – Password to login to the Spirit-Making Room for the Sacred dimension of life-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

SSS – Password to login to the Spirit-Making Room for the Sacred dimension of life-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

July 18, 2020

We seek the effective images, the thought-forms that satisfy the restlessness of heart and mind, and we find the treasures of the East. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 13)

I was walking through a small village when I encountered this woman sitting on the wall. When I gestured to her to gain permission to take her photo. She nodded. As I raised my camera, she raised her hands to the namaste position. I pressed the shutter and lowered my camera but continued to look at her looking at me. I felt blessed. Her grounded soulfulness welcomed the moment of encounter with another. I felt her hospitality; without a camera she captured me. There was need for a polite smile by either of us. The gratitude of being recognized at a deeper level eliminated the idea of surface pleasantries.

Life in the United States has very few moments of stillness unless we make them. The pandemic, social justice, political upheaval, concerns about schooling in the fall leave little space for a full acknowledgement. Yet, we all need to be seen, heard, understood, and loved. I would benefit from creating and partaking in more moments with the woman sitting on a wall.

Most of us engage a lifestyle of horizontal engagement with the mundane, survival dimension of our daily, routine and busy existence. This calls for a balance with attention to a vertical axis of interiority, spirituality and the sacred dimension of our lives. When the horizontal, survival axis of our daily life intersects with the vertical, archetypal axis of our inner life, it forms a symbol of the Cross – a symbol of Wholeness. This calls for a sacrifice in the material/horizontal life to make room for the […]

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    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

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 […]

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    Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

 
July 4, 2020
 
In addition, dreams can rely on subliminal memory traces that are no longer able to influence consciousness effectively. With regard to prognosis, therefore, dreams are often in a much more favorable position than consciousness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 256)
 

This wishing well was placed during the 1800’s. It sits off to the side of the property which allows privacy as I consider the wish I want to make. The scenery is tranquil. The air is fresh, My ears rest in silence. This opportunity feels like anything is possible. It feels like a dream. I am in the world of no restrictions, no movement, and yet in the world of potential.
The photo was taken in February 2020, when the world was so different. Sometimes it is hard to remember back then. It is like chasing a dream to journal before waking up too much. It feels elusive and remote. I am grateful to have the image to remind me of the gesture of the wishing well—the tossing of a coin into it. It is different than prayer that is tossed to the heavens. The coin is something of value I am willing to let go of to give me hope that my wish will come true. I have made an investment in my future.
In this resurge of the pandemic in the United States, the social unrest, etc., it would be valuable to find cherished moments of life to hold onto, and to still dream/wish for healing to happen and make needed changes in our democracy for social justice. The energy from those moments can be used to create action. The wishing well should say, “Make a wish. Now do the work to have it come […]

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    The Tree of Life – Time for Renewal -In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Tree of Life – Time for Renewal -In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 26, 2020

The tree appears frequently in the medieval chemical tests and in general represents the growth of the arcane substance and its transformation into the philosophical gold (or whatever the name of the goal may be). (Jung, 1967, p. 274)

When I see buds on a tree, I still have a childlike response, “How did you figure out when to show up?” (I do understand from the botanist point of view, there is a lot of plant physiology that makes it happen.) The leaf buds show up very dark, deep purple. As they grow, the shape is “pinched” in the middle, as though it is two leaves in one, then turn green. Next, the miracles of the tree trunks, branches, leaves, buds, and blossoms (and bees) are all cooperate to have the tree bear fruit. Once again, in my imagination, I wonder if the fruit appreciates the combined effort of its existence as the “gold” of the tree. It is the harvest.

In this time of the pandemic numbers climbing and the social justice movement, something will blossom and bear fruit. It will take time, effort, and societal chemistry to ensure a bountiful harvest. There is no guarantee what the outcome will be, especially since there are so many ingredients needed to bring about change. We also have working definitions of health, our constitution, moral and ethical guidelines to assist the process. We have a responsibility as citizens of this country to better/transform ourselves and nation. We will need to make harvest choices of what is the best outcome for all.

The night before I was planning to compose this Blog, I had the following dream. I offer it to my readers as a gift, […]

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    RECONCILIATION AND HEALING-The Path of Empathy & New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

RECONCILIATION AND HEALING-The Path of Empathy & New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 23, 2020

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Luckily for us, symbols mean very much more than can be known at first glance.(Jung, 1967, p. 302)

There are so many forces at work to create what is seen in the photo. It is true whether the surface is calm or full of surfing waves. The ocean temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, cycle of the moon, weather, ocean bottom landscape, etc., all play a part of what it looks like the moment the photograph is taken. Then there are all the selections made for the camera to create a desired effect. Yet, I can call it a photograph of the ocean. It can also be a symbol and be assigned various meaning by the viewer.

In these times of the pandemic and social justice protests we are subjected to verbal and visual snapshots, as well as video clips of today’s news. The images create conscious and unconscious responses. It is our responsibility to keep what we hear or see in perspective and use our power of discernment to assign value to them based on who we are individually as well as collectively. The challenge during these times is to know when to generalize and when to stay specific. The photo is a moment and not how the ocean looks all over the world.

This is OUR MOMENT in history. What we choose to see, how we perceive what we see, how we interpret what we see, feel, think, intuit are extremely subjective phenomenon. However, the moment is REAL; only the perception is Subjective. The reality is not objective but a function of our Subjectivity. However, the most significant criteria […]

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    Change of Guard -Letting Go and Stepping Up -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

Change of Guard -Letting Go and Stepping Up -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 22nd, 2020

As a rule, the life of a young person is characterized by a general expansion and a striving towards concrete ends; and his neurosis seems mainly to rest on his hesitation or shrinking back from this necessity. But the life of an older person is characterized by a contraction of forces, by the affirmation of what has been achieved, and by the curtailment of further growth. His neurosis comes mainly from his clinging to a youthful attitude which is now out of season. Just as the young neurotic is afraid of life, so the older one shrinks back from death. (Jung, 1954, p. 39)

The image shows vegetation in various stages of life. The desert is an environment of extremes. You can see young plants beginning and the old drying up. It is a reminder of desert life. Environmentalists say let nature do its thing. A desert landscaper would want the dead plant removed. The action will be determined by the rules of the land.

The pandemic and justice protests provide opportunities for the competing agendas (Jung wrote in the above quote) to join forces to make life better in the moment as well as the future. There are old ideas and structures that require revision or repair. Some may even need to be removed to give space for new ideas or structures.

The protestors are of all ages that want the United States to address social justice in policing matters, health care, employment, etc. It is a unifying activity that demands the ideals of the constitution be brought forward for all. The dynamics of recent events have caused a lot of people to move out of their usual coroners of life and into the […]

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    Standing Alone – Courage in Crisis -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

Standing Alone – Courage in Crisis -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 21st, 2020

If we realize that the child gradually develops out of the unconscious state into a conscious one, we can understand why practically all environmental influences, or at any rate the most elementary and most lasting of the are unconscious. The first impressions of life are the strongest and most profound, even though they are unconscious—perhaps indeed for that very reason, for so long as they are unconscious, they are not subject to change. We can only correct what is in our consciousness; what is unconscious remains unchanged. Consequently, if we wish to produce a change, we must first raise these unconscious contents to consciousness, so as to submit them to correction. (Jung, Read, Fordham, & Adler, 1953, p. 153)

Stories from long ago live in our unconscious much like living in the dark cave the tortoise is coming out of. It is with the light of consciousness that change happens according to Jung in the quote. So perhaps it is seeing news of a virus and the video tape evidence of racial bias police tactics that changes the old story that facilitates our unconscious to conscious. Minimizing or denial no longer work when visual evidence shows us the contemporary world. Those latent and subtle messages of early life may be carried with us like a protective shell, but once we poke our head out into the moments of reality, things change.

So how are early experiences stored in our unconscious and what can we do to transform these early impressions that form the unconscious foundation of our present worldview and actions in response to crisis like the Pandemic and the Racial Injustice? Let us explore some of these unconscious predispositions and their transformation through […]

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