“The unconsciousness is not limited to the instinctual reflex processes of the cortical centers; it also extends beyond consciousness and, with its symbols, anticipates future conscious processes. It is therefore quite as much a ‘supra-consciousness.” Jung
“Because we believe that one moment is more or less like the next, we lose touch with the essential urgency of the present, the fact that each passing moment is the one moment for the practice of freedom.” Robert Grudin (Time and the Art of Living)
“People speak of belief when they have lost knowledge. Belief and disbelief in God are mere surrogates. The native primitive doesn’t believe, he knows, because the inner experience rightly means as much to him as the outer. He still has no theology and hasn’t yet let himself be befuddled by booby trap concepts. He adjusts his life – of necessity – to outer and inner facts, which he does not – as we do – feel to be discontinuous. He lives in one world …” Jung
The vision I have been dealing with this morning is death. Once that happens, the ‘game’ is over, so you have to do everything in your power to make the best of life. You slack up a bit, don’t give it your best shot, don’t go out on a limb; take it where it needs to go or you’ll lose out big time and be doomed to small time and life in the shadows of what might have been.
One morning, I woke up and looked in at Lucy, our alpha mare, and there on the floor was a perfect, but stillborn, foal. – the result of extreme hardship and a moment of doubt. What would this perfect being teach me?
Ours is to focus on life and the living and those still to be born. Yes, to prepare the way with EVERYTHING we can muster. Raise your head little foal… I await your return.
Picture, Promise, curtsey of Kim McElroy
“We stand on a peak of consciousness, believing in a childish way that the path leads upward to yet higher peaks beyond. That is the chimerical rainbow bridge. In order to reach the next peak we much first go down into the land where the paths begin to divide.” Jung
“Mentalities can not be changed by decree, because they are based on memories, which are almost impossible to kill. But it is possible to expand one’s memories by expanding one’s horizons, and when that happens, there is less chance that one will go on playing the same old tunes for ever and repeating the same mistakes.” T Zeldin
“We always think that we can make a straight line in spite of our shortcomings, but they will weigh very heavily and often derail before we reach our goal because we have neglected our tail-ends.” Jung
All to say that horses, and our specific interaction with them, are ‘dream people’
of a new form, a new representation of the Centaur and Mare-headed goddess.
Not just another horse: another personality! Her mother, the mare, Doll, learned to rely on us, so when Gretel was born, she entrusted her to us. And so you have a horse that sees people as friends rather than foes – with her mane in front of her eyes, she is quite a punk and full of herself. Today, she was lively once out of her stable, doing karate kicks in all direction, limbering up just like when she was little. We never dreamed of a horse quite like her, but nature likes to surprise us, doesn’t she?
In Bollingen, silence surrounds me almost audibly, and I live “in modest harmony with nature.” Thoughts rise to the surface which reach back centuries, and accordingly anticipate a remote future … my ancestors’ souls are sustained …. since I answer for them the questions that their lives once left behind. I carve out rough answers as best I can. … It is as if a silent, greater family, stretching down the centuries, were peopling the house. (MDR, P 237) Jung p 36
When we fight for the soul and its life, we receive as reward not fame, not wages, not friends but what is already in the soul, a freshness that no one can destroy. This soul truth, which young people pick up somewhere, sustains them. It assures the young man or woman that if not rich, he or she is still in touch with truth; that his inheritance comes not from his immediate parents but from his equals thousand of generations ago; that the door to the soul is unlocked; that he does not need to please the doorkeeper, but that the door in front of him is his, intended for him, and that the doorkeeper obeys when spoken to. Robert Bly, P 46
It is not easy to answer your question about the “Island of Peace.” I seem to have quite a number of them, a sort of peaceful archipelago. Some of the main islands are: my garden, the view of the distant mountains, my country place where I withdraw from the noise of the city, my library. Also small things like books, pictures, and stones. Jung p 37
A juxtaposition of perspectives in the form of a spiral staircase
When you walk out into Nature you have basically two way of creating dialogue. First you can simple turn off the beaten track and discover a Sacred Aisle or place that speaks to you across time, or you can get stuck in and actually create one. What you see in front of you is a spiral staircase made of earth, trees and stones that connects two terraces. Each of the terraces is quite different, one old and unchanged, the other, newer with recent plantings of introduced trees and flowers. It is a very, very long walk to get from one to the other, to the next higher level and, by the time you get there, you are getting weary and tend to have forgotten where you have come from and lost the impression of what you experienced. Hence, the spiral stairway makes it possible to compare and contrast the two levels very quickly, as you ascend, jarring the senses and lifting you upward. The twisting movement causes you to adjust your stride, grasp, hold on, fear falling, to be drawn into the different something… a camellia horseshoe, guarded by two old orange trees… just time to make a wish that will sweep you off your feet.
Imagine dreaming of ‘blank walls’ like I did and the terrifying thought of the Man who couldn’t Dream, couldn’t find release and solutions. So, now, ‘showering’ – I am being drawn to water as a solution and the sea of existence. Balance and counter balance inside and out. Looking for a dream during the day to compensate for the walls: dreams are all around you.