The Thousand Masks of Our Soul – The Journey from Me to I -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.
October 22, 2021
It is only because the persona represents a more or less arbitrary and fortuitous segment of the collective segment of the collective psyche that we can make the mistake of regarding it in toto as something individual. It is, as its name implies, only a mask of the collective psyche, a mask that feigns individuality, making others and oneself believe that one is individual, whereas one is simply acting a role through which the collective psyche speaks.(Jung, Hull, & Jung, 1966), para 245
What a surprise to discover a 5-foot snakeskin in the bushes. I do not know what kind of snake shed its skin. (It may be a black snake which is common in the area.) I do know that is has outgrown this shell of its existence.
I begin to wonder what it means to I find this symbol of transformation. There are two ideas that come to mind. First, the snake has a new skin and subjectively it feels freedom from what no longer suits it. Second, I think about what skin I would like to shed to feel the freedom of a contemporary me.
The image is a bit scary as well as beautiful. There is a blend of terror and hope. It certainly is spooky yet reminds me how it feels to let go of something that no longer suits me. I feel clean and refreshed. I imagine myself stepping out of the “shell” I have been in, and how the dynamics of the world and me would shift. My potential would feel closer to realization. I would be more of who I am without the burden of what no longer fits.
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