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We Are One Yet Separate

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A simple image for today.  I am now in North Dakota visiting my daughter and her family, my last visit with them before I head back to China and my work there.  Even though we will be at a significant distance we are still connected at a great depth.  We are like this little prairie flower, separate blossoms on the surface, but linked below the surface because of roots.

This idea of connectivity is one that can be applied to all of us and to the world that holds us.  We are individuals with individual consciousness, of that there is no question.  As we life and journey through life becoming more and more aware of ourselves, we take it as a central truth that we are completely separate beings.  There is a certain sense of dissociation, especially with those who appear different whether the difference is based on colour, culture, language, religion or geography.  It is easy for us to designate these separate beings, these others as enemies or as inferior beings.  It is difficult to see that deep below the surface we are intimately linked.

We work hard, many of us, in trying to become more self aware, more conscious as humans once we come to accept that a personal unconsciousness exists beneath the surface.  We even begin to sense that there is a collective unconsciousness that has some connection via our dream world found in sleep and in our mythologies.  We sense a shared story with others, especially those who share our lives and our culture.  It is rare that one manages to extend this sense of connectivity to distant and different others.  In spite of best intentions, those distant others typically remain holder of our projection of both our personal shadow and the collective shadow of our community and culture.

Do we want to erase the boundaries between self and other?  I would suggest that this is our greatest fear as it would mean the end of our sense of self.  To reach into the depths to find the intimate connectivity of all humans and all that surrounds humans would likely overwhelm the individual psyche.  And this, in my opinion, is not the task of the human psyche in this world.  That said, it is vital for us to come to realise that when we hurt part of our world or relationships with others who are different, we hurt ourselves.  And in acting upon this realization we heal unknown aspects of our individual psyche,


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  1. Another “great” Post Robert – I also enjoyed your new book – your choice of words and acompaning pictures.

    Opa Bear

    August 6, 2011 at 1:35 am

    • Thank you, Opa for the kind words about my latest book. I have to admit it was fun to make the book. I am already curious as to what the future holds for me in terms of more photography/psychology ebooks.


      August 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

  2. I have a friend who is a black man. He has suffered from the fear of others for many years and carries the scars of that fear to this day. He is their projection of their shadow self? It makes sense, it also makes sense in the context of the United States where the divide between black and white it so great.


    August 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

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