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Balancing the Whole

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I was able to get out for a short while in the mid-afternoon yesterday in order to go pick up two of my grandsons from their classes.  It was a walking opportunity with the camera that I took as I had earlier noticed a fruit tree in blossom, a crab apple tree.  It was overcast and threatened to storm.  On the walk I took a number of other photos as well in order to have a few more that are destined for these pages over the next few days.

It isn’t too hard to see these blossoms stretching to catch whatever sun’s rays are available.  In return, I imagine the sun makes its own valiant attempts to please, to meet the needs of life forms.  Though the sun is the source of light and life, it isn’t as all powerful as one would expect.  Clouds wait in the background to show their power as well.  Clouds hide the sun and cast a pall over all.  Yet, they are needed as much as the sun.  Without the clouds and the moisture they bring, life would wither and die.

The human psyche is no different.  There is a needed balance between consciousness and unconsciousness.  Though many, including myself, are struggling to bring light to personal or collective darkness, to make the unknown known; too much consciousness will result in the soul withering, too much unconsciousness will have the soul drown and be swallowed into a vast sea.

This isn’t such a difficult idea to understand when one looks at it another way.  Take this tree for example.  Though it is beautiful as it displays its blossoms, the sense of its beauty would disappear if it stayed in bloom at the time.  Not only its beauty would be affected, but also its bounty.  If the blossoms stayed forever to gift us with their appearance and gentle aroma, there would be no fruit.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”  (Carl Gustav Jung)


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  1. The apple trees here are still waiting to bloom and it’s May day already.
    Do they know something we don’t?


    May 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

    • Not necessarily. Perhaps they are simply acting unconsciously.

      Robert G. Longpré

      May 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

  2. Thank you again, Robert. My Mother passed away in her sleep, early yesterday morning. 91 years of living and loving. And we “celebrate her home” even in our sorrow.



    May 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    • Condolences but it sure sounded like a good way to go, in one’s sleep. I am sure that you gained much from her over your share of her 91 years.

      Robert G. Longpré

      May 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

  3. Mr. Longpre-
    Lovely work of art here. I am listening to all you say. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas.


    May 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    • Thank you for your support and comments. They are much appreciated.

      Robert G. Longpré

      May 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

  4. Balance and opposites are important in life. I looked at ta similar theme in my blog the other day –

    Change is vital for all things. Once we become stuck in one space – then we lose any further chance of growth. I’m happy to lose the flowers to gain the fruit, lose the fruit to gain the seeds, lose the sun to gain the snow, lose the snow to gain warmth for the seeds to germinate.

    Lotus Light

    May 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    • Important in life, important in photography. I recommend your website to all who read here. Thank you for sharing with us. The readers here can find the link to your blog on the blogroll if they miss this comment section.

      Robert G. Longpré

      May 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

  5. Wow. Lotus Light, I love the way you say this. Beautifully said.


    May 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm

  6. I think this is one of the main reasons why I was attracted to Jungian psychology – the belief of paradoxes and need for balance of light and dark.


    May 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    • This is a large part of what drew me into this stuff as well. Thanks.

      Robert G. Longpré

      May 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

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