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On The Nature Of The Self – Part Two

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Golf balls as representative of the collective consciousness, as a group of individuals.

Golf balls as representative of the collective consciousness, as a group of individuals.

Yes, golf balls as representations of people. Each golf ball equates with a person, more specifically, what each person believes he or she is. I used golf balls (after a group golf practice) with four of my grandsons for the express purpose of getting images for use in this post. At the same time, the activity filled in a few idle minutes and provided them with something to think about.

I had each of these grandsons take a golf ball and draw a face on it, a face that they could say was them. Once this was done, I had them position themselves (their golf ball avatars) in relation to the collective of others. The results were interesting.

The conscious self (ego) in relation to others.

The conscious self (ego) in relation to others.

It was especially interesting for me as a grandfather to see how each of them viewed themselves.

Here I am.

Here I am.

One placed himself far from the collective (blue top), another placed himself in a smaller group outside of the collective (white top and sunglasses), a third placed himself slightly away from the collective almost buried in the grass so that he wouldn’t be so visible (rainbow tee shirt), and the fourth placed himself with the collective.



I did give them an opportunity to explain and perhaps even change their location. However, they stood firm with where they stood in relation to others.

So, what was the point? Well, it simply is about how we perceive who we are. As conscious beings, most of those perceptions are in terms of how we compare ourselves to others. One thing that was quite certain as far as my grandsons were concerned, they were each individuals, each unique – it was all based on feelings and the evidence of their senses.

Of course, there is more to us than what our feelings and senses can tell us whether we are in relations with other people or sitting alone in a quiet space. Yet, for most, though we hunger for more answers, we don’t want to hear what those answers might tell us.



Written by Robert G. Longpré

July 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

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  1. I’ve never considered golf balls to illustrate Jungian psychology. I found it amusing.


    July 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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