Through a Jungian Lens

See new site URL – http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/

The Gifts of Relatedness

with 6 comments

I am writing today’s post from the airport in Toronto as I wait for the boarding call to ShangHai.  I have been fortunate over the past two weeks to be with my grandson and his family.  It didn’t take many days before I was the adult to go to for the little guy, especially as I got to care for him when he was ill and not able to go to playschool.  The photo taken above is from yesterday morning.  There is little question that the bonding went two ways and for that I am immensely thankful and blessed.

Relationship is vital and unavoidable.  I often talk here of individuation and I wonder if some of my readers mistake individuation as being something that exists separate from relationship.  Individuation is about getting to know oneself through interactions with others in the outer world, with objects in the outer world as well as the culture and place on the planet in which we find ourselves.  Relationship must also consider an inner world filled with its own cast of characters and complexes and landscapes.  What we discover about ourselves is only possible through our responses and our awareness of our responses to both inner and outer worlds.

One does not live in a bubble that excludes the inner and outer worlds.  In absence of inner and outer world there is no sense of self, no sense of separateness, no sense of otherness.  Two weeks watching my grandson expand his awareness of both himself and his grandfather has taught both of us, blessed both of us.  And, as a result I leave his home a better man.

Advertisements

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Robert,
    Do not forget that if I choose to not deal with a particular person because, for example, their dysfunction that too is a relationship. Not interacting is also a form of relationship, and an aspect of individuation.

    John Ferric

    August 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

  2. that is a lovely tender photograph

    Urspo

    August 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  3. So true. I simply loved that picture too! Reminded me of my own father with a grandson. Blessings!

    Peta

    August 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    • Hi Peta. I am glad that you are finally here 🙂 After all the times using Twitter to connect, it is so good to have you here and commenting. I am glad that the photo gave you some pleasant memories.

      rgl

      August 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: