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Anima and Spirit – Logos and Eros

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A photo taken last night as the sun set in Playa Jacó.  I had hoped to catch my wife, the sun, the surf and a few who were in the water surfing.  Originally, the photo was destined for our family photo album and not for this blog.  But on spending time with the photo, I came to realise that there was something important here to be said.  Of course, by that I mean, important for me to say and hear.  How important it is for others is not what the blog is about.  Again, I want to remind all reading here that this is more about self and self-reflection than it is about trying to teach others.

Often, the images of my wife are actually images of anima.  Here anima faces the setting sun, a moment of communion, a moment when both soul and spirit acknowledge each other with honour.  The masculine aspect begins to make way for the feminine – both making for the whole.  Together, they form the holy couple, a marriage between soul and spirit.  So why do I refer to this woman as anima?  Well, to be honest, she isn’t my anima.  She is a woman that is as human as I am with her own soul and spirit.  But that is a different story, one that may or may not ever be told here.  These words travel within myself to look at how eros and logos, anima and spirit have come to honour the “otherness” that separates, yet an attitude that joins.

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  1. This is a glorious photo and is as much a tribute to your love of your wife as it is to her amazingness!
    Glad you got there safely.

    Now snowing in England and creating panic and chaos….you’d laugh if it weren’t so pathetic!

    viv66

    January 7, 2010 at 3:16 am

    • Thanks, Viv. You are very perceptive.

      Robert G. Longpré

      January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am


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