Soulbyte for Monday November 23, 2020

Stabilize your mind with visions of beauty and bounty. Stabilize your heart with songs of love and compassion. Stabilize your body with mentions of peace and calmness. Stabilize your spirit with the breath of loving kindness so that all may be well, within and without. The power to stabilize lies within not without, the power to change for the better, to maintain stability and keep the mind clear, the heart steady, the body calm and the spirit focused. Let there be peace now, within and without, by your own power to stabilize. With loving intent, set a new course from this day forward.

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday November 20, 2020

Hold yourself accountable by remaining the loving being that you truly are, going with the flow and yet acutely aware that every move you make and every word you speak has the power to enact change, to further things along or inhibit growth and evolution. Become aware that everything you do is tied to everything else, so that one thing leads to another and one thing effects another, and you are a powerful part of all of that, the flow of life and its outcomes. Remain heart centered and aware of this, that every action has consequences, and let goodness flow through you as surely as it flows through others so that all may be well, so that indeed all may be well.

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday November 19, 2020

Do a clean sweep of your inner house, removing any unwanted or undesirable occupants so that your inner house is your own once again. Start over fresh with new thoughts and ideas. Even what you bring in from outside should be new and different if you really want to change things for the better. Times of change call for drastic measures. If you are to measure up, what needs drastic change in your own life, within and without? Don’t be afraid of new starts or sweeping change. It’s what is often needed to get life moving again in a new and positive direction. Is it time to clean house?

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday November 18, 2020

Let not fear rule nor worry usurp your heart centered focus, but use your breath to bring you back to stability and balance, within and without. In balance find your center of knowing, the wisdom within yourself that is connected to the greater wisdom outside of yourself and let this be your guide. Rather than pay attention to the racket inside your head, pay attention to the songs your heart sings of love and kindness and compassion for all. When all else fails, turn to the wisdom of the heart and let it sing its songs of beauty, peace, and love. As within, so without.

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: Human Complexity

Working on unity…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Carl Jung defined a psychological complex as a ‘feeling toned idea’ that acts quite autonomously in the human psyche. When Jung was performing his word association tests he observed that certain words triggered delayed reaction times and emotional reactions in his experimental subjects. Something ‘else’ was interfering.

This led to his discovery that there are autonomously functioning parts of the psyche acting outside of consciousness. Jung called these influences ‘complexes’. Freud spent his entire career highlighting the Oedipal complex, which he considered the greatest unconscious influence upon the human psyche.

Today we have terms like alters, ego states, fragmented parts or archetypes to depict these autonomous influences upon consciousness. Robert Monroe took Western psychology a step further with his research into out-of-body (OBE) states, where consciousness discovers non-material parts of the self that regularly influence consciousness from subtler planes of existence.

Monroe’s discoveries concur with Hindu science with respect to the emotional/desire body as the first to be encountered in an OBE state. Many OBE explorers report an encounter with excess sexual desire in their early explorations. Monroe also discovered a preponderance of sexual preoccupation by many travelers who had left human form through physical death, as they remained fixated on sexual activity, though lacking a physical body.

Monroe’s discovery certainly lays credence to Freud’s emphasis upon the overarching significance of sexuality for human beings. Sex may be the major karmic issue that sends disembodied spirits back into human life. Monroe also reported encounters on the astral plane with the energy body of sleeping human beings, equally preoccupied with sex in their dream states.

Beyond sex are the many emotional attachments that humans, in their energy body OBE states, are found to be preoccupied with. Civilization, with its emphasis upon reason, uniformity and conformity, has suppressed and repressed the spontaneous living of impulse. What we previously considered as repressed and contained within the psyche in the physical body may be very actively living on the astral plane outside of human consciousness.

The current polarized attitudinal split in the human race might actually reflect this polarized split within the human psyche, manifesting as an outer collective opposition. If we distill this opposition, it could be reduced to, simply, reason vs impulse. Resolution of this opposition is fundamental to unified progress.

Shamans introduced the practice of recapitulation as one’s individual soul retrieval journey. If one can bring consciousness and reconciliation to all of one’s parts, one can achieve wholeness while in human form. To the extent that this remains incomplete will determine one’s karma. After all, how can one go forward as a fragmented soul. One must first discover and gather together all of one’s parts.

Elmer Green served as his wife Alyce’s shamanic guide in her journey through Alzheimer’s disease. Alyce had spent her entire adult life immersed in the highest of spiritual principles. As her energy body journeyed into the astral plane, as she went the course of Alzheimer’s, she encountered her shadow self, the repressed and unloved side of herself, for the first time.

Besides her memory loss, she became paranoid and rageful much of  the time. These experiences were largely driven by her encounters with her unknown self. With extreme patience, Elmer helped her to get grounded and reconcile with her fuller self. This enabled her to enter infinity at an advanced level, well beyond the shadow bardos, when she physically died in this world.

Jung’s choice of the word complex to denote autonomous parts of the psyche truly holds up. Humans are complex beings! The key challenge in human form is to resolve all of one’s complexes and become one’s true wholeness. With wholeness one’s energy is fully united, as everything becomes possible.

From complex to unity,


Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR