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Approaching Singularity Through Chaos

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Power lines on Duong Lam Son (Street) in Ho Chi Minh City

I took this photo just hours before heading to the airport to fly out of Ho Chi Minh City while enjoying a cup of iced Vietnamese milk coffee in an outdoor cafe called Milano’s with my Vietnamese guide and a driver.  It was a moment of peaceful relaxation as there was no need to rush off.  Time stood still for a while as we chatted and enjoyed the coffee and the shade from the heat of the afternoon sun.  The respite was welcome as it wouldn’t be long before the frenetic activity of airports and travel once again surged.

Travel in many of the Asian countries have provided me with similar scenes of  power lines.  I found this scene particularly interesting because it brings the lines together before heading out and soon becoming a tangled mess that looks like chaos.  One needs to bring all the lines together in order to have wholeness, to ensure that the flow of energy will happen as it should.

Of course, this makes me think of how I often get caught up in the threads and end up missing the bigger picture.  I have to blame somebody or something for this, so I blame my inferior function which wasn’t considered by my conscious self.  If there is to be order, I need all of the functions to bring wholeness.

In order to orient ourselves, we must have a function which ascertains that something is there (sensation); a second function which establishes what it is (thinking); a third function which states whether it suits us or not, whether we wish to accept it or not (feeling); and a fourth function which indicates where it came from and where it is going (intuition). (Jung, CW 11, par. 246)

Without a sense of wholeness, things are adrift and one is left without a unifying anchor, without a sense of purpose, adrift in a field of chaos.  Strange how it takes the fourth to bring together the other three in order to get wholeness – one sky, four directions – white light, four primary colours.  Separating the one into many parts and then weaving them back together into one – that is how I come to understand my journey of individuation.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

March 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

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  1. “There is a road, no simple highway,
    Between the dawn and the dark of night,
    And if you go no one may follow,
    That path is for your steps alone.

    Ripple in still water,
    When there is no pebble tossed,
    Nor wind to blow.

    You who choose to lead must follow
    But if you fall you fall alone,
    If you should stand then who’s to guide you?
    If I knew the way I would take you home.”

    From the song “Ripple,” by The Grateful Dead

    John Ferric

    March 16, 2011 at 4:35 am

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