Is it really about guns?
I am deeply saddened by the tragic events at the Parkland, Florida high school on Wednesday. My heart goes out to all the families that are affected by this violent act. I know that the whole country is mourning the loss of these innocent victims. Sudden death at the hands of a human being is mind boggling. How can a human being be capable of such a crime?
In my previous blog, The Archetypes of the Human Spirit (a series of 12 posts beginning on November 15th ) I relate about choice and the consuming nature of loss and/or failure…
I think archetypes like the all-consuming Monster Fish in the River of choice can offer a glimpse into the subconscious and why horrific acts by humans will and do play out in real time. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung understood that the human subconscious grapples with the dilemmas that are experienced on a daily basis. In most cases a person can deal with loss and/or failure by knowing that supportive and life affirming family or spiritual support structures are present for him or her. Bad and irregular thoughts or dreams occur but are usually placed aside because reality is a manageable experience in this case.
But what if a person is out of touch with their “spiritual self” and reality becomes a series of experiences or choices that negatively affect them to the point where it becomes all consuming? As if being eaten by a monster fish, the resulting by-product is either becoming the monster itself or being the excrement that flows into the ocean of despair. The “monster” in reality feels the need to play out its revenge. By the same token, the “excrement” can seem to be lost forever, recycling from river to ocean to rain and back to the river. In order for tragedy to not befall the victim or victims, awareness about these subconscious conditions must be present. I believe that this awareness can only be imparted by an “interceptor” such as the archetypal Guide.
One must have faith that this guide represents a forward path to hope. This is why spiritual connectedness to our Devine nature is so relevant. We all bear the responsibility of empowering each other with the knowledge of this connection. To not have any idea about your Devine nature and subsequent Devine purpose within humanity’s context is another tragedy altogether…
Archetypes of the Human Spirit (Story Analysis)
Archetype #10 – The Faceless Being
“Courage is the pure light of truth through which the Self must act”
An animated tree symbolizes the Hero, that part of your Self that is willing to leave the protection of the soul. If the soul is “immortal”, then to leave this immortality is a courageous act. There is risk in relying on your authentic Self and not your Ego as you confront your dragons. Notice that the animated tree also holds what appears to be a sword. This sword is your light of truth, and this truth points the way to hidden treasure.
- Are you the Hero of your metaphysical journey?
- Can this type of hero also be compared to what we call a prophet?
- What Prophets in human history exemplify this type of journey?
- Why do you think that you must let go of your Ego in order to take this journey?
Archetype #11 – Hidden Treasure
“Continue to seek the inner gifts that call you forward.”
Where the end of a rainbow meets a path there will be found a treasure of your making. Some say that this treasure is “God’s will”. God’s gift to humanity is the individual’s capacity to find meaning in his or her humanity…EPIPHANY!
It is up to each and every individual to take this metaphysical Hero Journey, a journey that exemplifies Love… Of yourself and of others.
Notice that beyond the rainbow the dragons appear as clouds. They are there to remind you that Ignorance and Insecurity can arise in you again. Also notice that these dragon clouds are playing with something circular that looks like the sun. This orb-like shape represents your wholeness, the many facets that complete your Self. This again is the Female Principle. How? The female symbolizes transformation because of the many transitions her physical body makes in her lifetime. These transitions are physiological while also requiring psychological courage, perseverance and humility…all conditions of the metaphysical Hero Journey.
- Can this metaphysical journey be taken more than one time? If so, how can it be used to conquer difficulties in every day life?
- Is this journey accessible to everyone? How might Prophets like Jesus, Budha, and Ghandi have shown us this path?
- What other stories or myths have you learned that use the archetypal images similar in this journey?
“Our greatest treasure is that which is hidden deep within our own unconscious, it is that dark unused part of our self that is in fact light that is unconscious of itself.” ~ Carl Jung
Conclusion by the Author…
It is my wish that this story will offer guidance to anyone in need of a new way to envision hope. I think that our usual models of religious teaching are too cumbersome at times. This model is easy to use by any individual. May it prove useful.
Blogging for Blogging’s Sake
Where have my last two weeks gone!! I haven’t been blogging. Instead, I’ve used a lot of energy and creativity to work with other volunteers in my circle of goodwill to bring what we hope to be messages of joy and harmony.
Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy. – Ludwig Borne
There are so many opportunities to give to others. I may not have grand sums of money to impart, but I would like to think that my time and effort has just as much value. Have you ever thought about the value of goodwill? I’d like to pose a break down of what is typically needed when taking on a campaign of goodwill:
- Identifying the need…
- Rallying the team…
- Generating the task outline…
- Mobilizing the funds if needed…
- Delegating the responsibilities…
- Implementing the effort…
- Measuring the outcome…
- Assessing for any needed improvements…
- Thanking everyone involved!
Cause + Inspiration + Innovation + Benefators + Effort = Goodwill = Value
People take these efforts on all of the time. If there is no political aspect or greed attached to the effort then the value is enhanced tremendously because pure generosity is the goal.
My two weeks off from blogging were time well spent. Until next time, peace out 🙂