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Fishing in the Light

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Fishing in the light

I spotted this lady fishing in a fresh water shallow lake  behind the condo community. She is fishing for food, obviously. And that food is underwater. Makes me think of how we descend into the unconscious to grow our soul (paraphrasing Michael Meade) on a cyclical basis the same cycle as that of the planet as it heads from day to night and back to day. To stay too long in the light shrivels the self; to stay to long and the self gets absorbed into the larger collective unconscious. There is a lot to be learned from the stories of the First Nations Tribes of the Americas when one wants to move to balance between light and darkness, between this world and the inner world.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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  1. Have you ever read Dr. Jung’s essays on Fish?


    January 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    • Strangely enough, no I haven’t. That said, this becomes a spring task when back in Calgary and with access to an expanded Jungian library close at hand.


      January 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  2. I recall it is rather hard to follow, and at times incoherent. But a fascinating read it is, as the good Dr. draws on examples how the fish became integral to the symbol of Soul and God.


    February 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • I am vaguely remembering – ha ha ha – it took the part about “incoherent” to tweak a memory. Still, I need to find and read again. There is so much . . .


      February 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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