Through a Jungian Lens

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Who Is This Stranger?

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Uploading a photo this morning has been difficult.  Finally the photo is here, one that I took this morning from my living room window.  It’s a pleasant scene looking south at the hills in the distance and the row of young spruce trees in the foreground.  There is definitely a sense of calm and peacefulness, a sense of almost timelessness.  In a way it reduces the individual human to an almost microscopic and temporary inconvenience.  We come and go and the earth remains only slightly changed.  Though we work hard at creating great architectural wonders, time seems to reduce these outbursts of ego to dust, preserving some as relics.  These planted trees will grow then die and be once again dust.

Of course, in the midst of our presence however brief it may be, we do cause ripples, do affect change on this earth.  Our pollution and our attempts to landscape the planet have significant effects but when taken into a larger view, the results are just that, results.  The earth remains long after we are gone though changed by our presence.  The earth will survive, different from the way it was before we appeared on the scene, but it will survive.

In thinking more on this it occurs to me that the reverse is also true.  We also survive.  In my last post I offered the idea of soul, how each individual soul is one part of the many and that the sum of all souls would or could be called God.  I went on to say that God was even more than this, that God had to include everything that was, is or will be – all the shadows, the things, the ideas, there is no end to this list.

And so, as I change my location, each location has its affect on my soul, just as my presence as a human has an affect on the location.  As I change my state of presence in meeting someone, I am changed and so is that person.  Meeting this person again in a future time acts as a catalyst for more change in both of us as we have both changed since our last encounter.

And with those with whom we engage daily, with whom we are in relationships that are intense, we continue to change thought that change may appear in microscopic aspects.  Over time, the person we were has been supplanted by someone we would have not recognised as our “self.”  No wonder then that our partners wake up one day wondering “Who is this stranger?”

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  1. Place has a great effect on us. Your photo today is similar to the Australian landscape. We are so small within it, and yet that glorious wide open space gives us the chance to open our souls to be that wide. That landscape, both in Australia and in the remote parts of China, is a strong impetus for growth, as is living beside an ocean.

    We have no choice but to see how small we are physically, how huge the world. To find our space in it, we must let our souls open wide to meet this world.

    Deborah Howard

    April 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm


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