It helped me to better understand that the fate of the alchemist is to learn how to ‘hold the tension of the opposites’ to hold both positive and negative influences. Jung believed that anyone who attempted to do this significantly added to world peace.
In the schema of Jean Gebser, the mythical structure is the mode of awareness that appears prior to the mental-rational structure of consciousness. It is characterized by a two-dimensional, unperspectival level of awareness. There is no real awareness of space, and only a natural awareness of time. This means an awareness of the movements of time through natural events, such as the changing of seasons, the moon cycles, the movement of planets, etc. This all occurs in a world without spatial awareness. The cyclical movement of nature is the predominant human point of view at this time. It is cyclical, so there is no movement forward in space. It is only circular movement from pole to pole; it doesn’t go anywhere. It is an endless circularity. The shifting between poles seems to create a unique energy that initiates the emergence of a new consciousness. Thus, from this experience mankind creates symbols and myths. The emerging of imaginative thinking signals the emergence of the individual soul.
Interesting article - awareness of time in 2-dimensionality as a movement back and forth between poles. The new consciousness must arise in a third level inclusive of an intersection of time and space. Imagination transforms.
“Incubate a dream about your intention for this workshop,” Marion suggested at our first session. That night, I had this dream:
…a hummingbird is in a cage with no bottom. It hasn’t figured out that it can drop down and escape. A young red-haired farmer tells me he’ll release the hummer in his garden where she’ll be safe. I know the bird will be OK.
Thank you for this beautiful post, Skip from Elaine Mansfield's BodySoul dream and her experience of releasing her mother into her freedom at one of many Intensives... one that rings the bells of memory and synchronicity. This morning in my dreams, I was talking with Marion and Ross Woodman as we watched old video of Marion dancing. Deeply moving...
A new hope for Canadians and scientists after Harper's long reign, Canadians are looking forward to recovering their freedom to pursue scientific research in service to the planet. Let's hope for the best.
drakontomalloi: “ Photograph of Greek inscription at the Bollingen “Tower” of C.G. Jung; the inscription itself dates to 1950. The central figure is Homunculus-Mercurius-Telesphorus, wearing a hooded...
"The dark night is often painful and frightening because it involves the death of that which was familiar and directly pertains to the transformation of personal awareness so as to prepare it for crossing the abyss separating it from its own true nature. Psychologically this is difficult because previously held patterns of belief and old definitions of self that once brought comfort are lost. This experience can be likened to hatching from an egg whose familiar walls of self-recognition are collapsed, leaving one's sense of reality to assume a completely different apperception. Once the limiting factors of fear dissipate, deeper currents of self-awareness awaken leading ultimately to the emergence of a newly forming vision. “
Remember the HeartCenter as many times a day as is necessary"-W.Brugh Joy, MD
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