Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How the Moon Serves Humanity


The Moon is a witness: to tears, to love, to your fears and your secrets.
It doesn't tell, doesn't judge. It empathizes.
For those who sleep, the moon will safely hold your worries and make sure they are not forgotten.
A lamp is not a witness. Artificial light does not empathize. It will not hold your worries. It glares. It sees you naked and laughs.
So turn out the light and try to sleep. The moon will keep watch over your troubles until morning.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Great Enemy is a Great Fan

Being a fan is about taking some of the power of someone else and trying to make it mine.
Wearing the jersey of my favorite team signals that I am one of them. Well, I might not play football but what I am trying to project, whether I acknowledge it or not, is the strength, the coolness, whatever it is that defines that team.
It's an easy way to co-opt a little power.
I can define myself as opposed to someone. I can wear an "I Hate So-and-So" T-shirt. There might as well be a heart where it says hate. Either way, I'm trying to take some of their power for myself. After all, if they were insignificant I would be able to ignore them. I wouldn't even think about them. I certainly wouldn't be wearing the shirt.
Instead of stealing power from someone else I could manufacture some of my own. I could  do something positive and admirable. If  I did, people might try to steal my power. They might love and hate me.
But that would be a compliment, right?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Carl Jung Asks for Volunteers


Jung on the state of the world today:
"In Spite of our proud domination of nature, we are still her victims, for we have not even learned to control our own nature. Slowly but, it appears, inevitably, we are courting disaster. There are no longer any gods whom we can invoke to help us...As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. But since nobody seems to know what to do, it might be worth while for each of us to ask himself whether by any chance his or her unconscious may know something that will help us."
Man and His Symbols (1964),  p. 101

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dreams are Personalized and Complete

Dreams are difficult to understand because they are built of metaphor. Every element of the dream is an exact symbol, the meaning of which is specific to the dreamer. The multiple implications of each symbol and the way the symbols combine creates a message that is not only personalized but complete.
Dreams are complicated but they are not trying to be coy or conceal meaning. It's the opposite: they hold oceans of meaning. The question is, does the dreamer have the insight and patience to dive into the message? Usually not. Usually, they can't even remember the dream come morning. The dreamer is still bobbing on the surface and all they come away with is a vague sense of having missed something.
Dreams are informational bulletins from the Everywhen, not judgments or directives. But when you wake up shaking and crying, that is a sign: swim for your life.

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