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Images to Guide and Support the Soul

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At the centre where masculine and feminine meet - a place of depth and shadow

I am again drawing on another photo from Vietnam, a photo that could be taken in so many countries all around the world. I take photos, not simply in search of something unique, something special, but more often because the photo can evoke a collective image of the human psyche rather than just record some objective reality. In this image, the parts of the hibiscus evoke both the masculine and the feminine and how they meet in order to create both life and purpose. The purpose, to regenerate life. Humans, like the hibiscus have a similar purpose, that of survival of the species. But, there is something more that is needed for the human psyche to achieve a psychological meaning, soulful meaning.

“The erosion of the great myths of Earth Mother and Sky Father has left us to search privately for images to guide and support the soul and link it to the cosmic drama. Without such linkage, we are doomed to a life of superficiality. To experience life in depth, as part of a larger context is the central contribution of myth, which as Jung points out, “explained to the bewildered human being what was going on in his unconscious.” (Hollis, Tracking the Gods, p. 54)


Written by Robert G. Longpré

March 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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  1. As flowers search and point to the light,
    and unseen from the naked eye,
    the light is absorbed in the darkness,
    but with the help of water and chemicals,
    there is the inner process of growth,
    and the result of this secret process,
    is revealed to us in the beauty of the new day

    Opa Bear

    March 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

    • Thank you for the gift of this poem, my dear friend. I am in a quiet period and I am finding it difficult to find words to bring here at this point. So I am left bringing images and a thought or two. Your words bring depth and meaning. Again, thank you. 🙂


      March 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

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