Soulbyte for Friday February 17, 2017

Life created you, delivered you, and challenges you every day to fulfill its dream of you. Keep your feet on the ground, your heart open, your mind free and ready to receive new ideas, for it is in the changing self that you will find what life wants for you. Life, your creator and your guide, your life force, greets you each day in the rising sun, in the taste of the wind, in the air you breathe, and it puts you to sleep and dreams at day’s end. It’s only concern is you and your journey of change. Find in each day’s unfolding where it is leading you. It might not be where you think!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday February 16, 2017

Respect your own nature. Let it guide you and work for you and not against you by understanding it for what it is, the truth of you. You are nature, as wild and free as the oceans, as strong and sturdy as the land, as dark and mysterious as the night, as bright and sunny as the day. All of this and more lies within you, for you are a spark of the Great Mother, the Universe from which you come. You are part of the everything and the nothingness of it all, equally composed of all that is, the infinitely great and the infinitely small. Make room for all of that!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 15, 2017

Remain open and optimistic, for to shut down and shut out life at this point would be fatal, allowing fear and paranoia to rule. Instead keep the light on, your heart always open and ready to receive, for it is often only in being in a position to receive that giving can happen. Be of receptive heart so that you may also be of giving heart. When you learn how to receive you also learn how to give, and in the end it is far more loving to give than to receive.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

The Monogamy Dialogues: Projectile Dysfunction

The projections we launch into our partners are the greatest cause of dysfunction in relationships, indeed, these alone can be the cause of erectile dysfunction itself!

The manly sun…
– Art by Jan Ketchel

Both men and women have masculine and feminine sides within themselves, perhaps best symbolized by the sun and the moon.

For instance, suppose a man expects his sexual desire to be as instant as the sun itself that rises, fully, each day. However, inwardly, his inner woman—that is his anima, the feminine side of a man—may in fact be in a phase of her feeling cycle where she simply isn’t immediately responsive to his conscious sun-driven erotic intent.

This man, unaware of his true inner feeling state of non-readiness for sex, is likely to look over at his partner and “see” or project onto her, his inner anima, as lacking any erotic interest in him.

“You never approach me to have sex, I always have to initiate,” he might despairingly utter. “I don’t think you desire me physically.”

These could be his challenges to his partner. Of course, if there were any desire on the partner’s side, or an openness to exploring possibly having sex, this approach likely kills that possibility. Further, if the couple then tries to force coitus in this dysfunctional relational state, it is indeed likely that the penis itself might choose to go on a flaccid strike and ED, erectile dysfunction, ensues.

Women are very much under the influence of the waxing and waning of the moon, which corresponds to the menstrual cycle with respect to feelings, moods, desires, and physical comforts/discomforts. Women also have an inner man—the animus, the masculine side of a woman—who functions on the mental plane in the background of her psyche.

This inner man might take the form of a warrior who protects his woman. Perhaps this woman in the example above is preoccupied with the dark side of the moon in her emotional cycle, definitely not interested in sex,  just wanting to  remain innerly with her mood. Unbeknownst to her, and in her defense, her animus might launch into a critical attack upon her partner when he suggests she’s not interested in sex.

“You didn’t text me all day, I guess staying connected isn’t that important to you,” she might pose. “Seems like the only time you listen to me attentively is when you think there’s a chance for sex.”

These kinds of preemptive “attacks” are likely to accomplish keeping her partner at bay while embroiling the two in a standoff.

Alternatively, a woman’s animus may decide to override her true emotional and physical state with the intention of pleasing her partner. This sets up an inner civil war, as her dominant feminine nature will not be happy at being coerced into having sex. Her feminine nature might shut down her receptivity and sexual sensitivity, resulting in being unable to climax. She might project disappointment onto her partner for being unable to please her or she might sink into a depression at her own failure to “perform.” Here we have the feminine version of ED.

In men, the masculine sun dominates—things are either black or white, on or off. Men’s thinking seeks total clarity and knowing. This kind of thinking happens at any time, is not subject to the tides or the phases of the moon. However, deep within himself a man is very influenced by the phases of the moon. Often his female partner senses this and has to manage his moods on a daily basis, though he himself might characterize himself as completely rational, unaware of the influence of his emotions upon his life.

Moon woman…
– Art by Jan Ketchel

Similar to a man, a woman is very much under the influence of her own inner man, with his hidden plots to protect, attack, or manipulate life through his own mental processes. Just as a woman might easily recognize the power of a man’s mood, which she has to manage, a man is often likewise aware of the intractable thinking of his partner in the part of herself that she is unaware is so dominant in her own psyche.

The ability to recognize and take responsibility for one’s self, including the contrasexual elements, the anima and animus, by working on them on an inner level before they explode outwardly and take over a relationship, clears the confusion that leads to dysfunction in relationships. With projectiles disarmed, true connection is possible. Sun and moon meet within each partner who then can meet in real union.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chuck & Jan

Soulbyte for Tuesday February 14, 2017

Remember to use your heart more often. When the mind can’t find you an answer, when there is nowhere to turn, turn to your heart, for it is ancient, connected to eternal knowing, from which you come, and its answers come from the eternal as well, from the wellspring of all knowing, from nature at its most pristine, from the depths of your soul. Seek solace there, seek beauty there, seek fortitude there, seek contentment there, seek wisdom there, seek wholeness there, and, yes, seek and find love there too, for that is its greatest attribute, for it is the organ of love and compassion. Take all that to heart because it really is true, your own heart truly holds and gives all you really need.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR