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In Search of Temenos

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This is one of the animals on my brother’s small mountain ranch which includes other goats, sheep, donkeys, dogs and cats, and a fair number of horses.  When I took the photo the colours were much brighter.  I purposely muted the colour for the post, mostly because my mood is muted.  Being away from my wife is a large part of my mood.  Though the process of taking care of “mother” care is demanding and exhausting emotionally and even physically, there is something about the presence of one’s significant other that gives one a different sanctuary for safe and caring retreat.  Temenos is also found in relationship as well as space.

Temenos is also to be found within once one has learned to honour one’s self, when one has learned that this core of one’s being is actually a portal to a holier, holistic presence.  Within one can find God, or as Jung identified this holy, holistic presence, the Self.  The capitalisation of the word self is purposeful as it brings God within rather than the distant and separate notion of God that most religions would have us believe.  Keeping God externalised opens the door for God’s shadow, Satan to gain dominance within.  Our psyche needs balance.  Too much God within fills us with hubris, allows an archetypal possession which is just as damaging to our psyche as would be possession by the shadow when there is not enough God within.


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  1. Robert, I simply want to acknowledge how difficult it can be caring for one’s mother. It resonates with me, and leads me to thinking about the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism:
    1) Life means suffering
    2) The origin of suffering is attachment
    3) The cessation of suffering is attainable
    4) Their is a path to the cessation of suffering. Namaste. Patricia


    July 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    • Thank you, Patricia, especially for reminding me of the four noble truths. 🙂


      July 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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