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Chuck’s Place: Living In & Out of Time

A young child dreams of seven white geese marching down a street. All the people the geese walk past fall down dead. Surprisingly, C. G. Jung suggests that this is a favorable dream, that this is nature, via the dream, introducing the young child to the world of time. Everything passes. To the child’s world of timelessness, still bathed in the myths and depths of the collective unconscious, life and death are introduced, including her own awareness of herself as a mortal being in this world.

Day and night, time and timelessness…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Life in this world is a bipolar affair. We all grapple with it. At one pole we feel our link to the timeless, as we often live as if we have forever! Though we may negatively judge this ‘slothful’ attitude, it nonetheless is a link to  infinite life in timelessness, as an energy body or spirit. At the other pole is the truth of aging and mortality in a physical body, observed and experienced in fading life within and all around us.

At the beginning of every day the Shamans of Ancient Mexico say: “We are beings who are going to die.” This is their intent to keep their awareness fully present to their limited time and opportunity for life in this world. We are all beings saddled with the bipolar conundrum of life and death.

What Jung highlighted in this young child’s fall from innocence was the introduction of change, which happens when we enter life in time. Everything passes in time. Accepting this basic truth helps us to feel and release a wave of sadness. The pain of loss will eventually pass. In the world of time things mature and change and new possibilities for life will arise.

If we are gripped by a craving or passion, we know, if we hold on, that the compulsion will eventually pass. We may not be ready yet, we may still be too attached to the timeless pole of our being that accepts no limitations, but eventually we may be ready to inhabit our corporeal reality and accept the limitations of life in the body.

The great advantage of life in time, in a physical body, is that we are freed to complete our unique experience of life, what Jung called individuation. In time we unfold into the discovery and fulfillment of all that we are. We begin new things, be they careers, relationships, gardens, or books. We can nurture and live the course of these engagements to completion because in time, for better of worse, everything passes.

In time we can answer the questions of our ancestors and pose new ones for ourselves. To fully individuate in our life in time we must recapitulate. If we leave fragments of our lives unknown to ourselves we will not be able to integrate the full knowledge of our journey and we will leave behind questions that must be answered before completion. Perhaps this is the basis for reincarnation, bardo life, or time in purgatory.

My wife Jan lived in Sweden for several years during her twenties. She always felt she went there to fulfill something unfinished in a past life, to connect with and live out unfinished business with people who had once been very important to her. She was welcomed there with open arms, loved unconditionally, and she loved fully and unconditionally in return. She fully embraced being Swedish, learned the language quickly and fluidly, and did all things Swedish like a true Swede. When it was done, it was done. Time to move on and return to life in present time.

Into infinity…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

My first wife, Jeanne, also completed unfinished business, though she did it in spirit form, after her physical death, reconnecting with the birth mother she never knew in her life as Jeanne Ketchel. It was the completion of her lives on earth, her final chapter in space and time, described in the final chapter of The Book of Us, channeled through Jan.

For although everything does pass in time, that which is not fully realized must be completed somewhere, somehow before we are fully freed to move on in timelessness. As everything passes, as we complete our many paths of individuation, we enter infinity, enriched by our lives and ready to explore new paths of heart, in and out of time.

Finding the timeless in time,


Soulbyte for Tuesday April 18, 2017

Try to remember why you are there living the human life. Try to discover what it all means in the course of many lives. Remember to search for meaning every day. Remember to remember at every day’s end that you are part of a greater whole, alive for a reason, alive for the completion of something that only you can figure out. Remember to dream. Remember that everything has meaning and your life is no exception. Remember especially that!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Monday April 10, 2017

Don’t forget to look for the golden nuggets of insight, wisdom, and guidance that lie along your path through life. At every turn there is something to learn. It might not be what you expect. It might not be what you want either, but it will be what you need. Though they may come in unusual form, such golden nuggets are crucial to navigating life, for they are the much needed sparks that light the way and show you the next step on your journey. You don’t have to look that hard. They are there every day in the most usual circumstances and normal experiences. It’s just how you decide to view and interpret them that reveals them as golden nuggets and not just ordinary clumps of dirt. That unturned stone you keep passing might actually be the golden nugget you need!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Note: No audio channeling today, taking a short break from the usual routine! Look for next one a week from today, April 17, 2017.

Soulbyte for Thursday March 30, 2017

There is no time like now. There is no better day than today. It’s what you’ve been waiting for, the moment when everything begins anew. Yes, today is the day, but it all depends on you. Tomorrow is the day too, just as yesterday was. It’s not really about the day, it’s about daring the self to finally let go of fear and resentment and do what needs doing. So yes, today is the day!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday March 28, 2017

Let not the disturbances in life distract you from your goal. If your intent is pure they will fall away and your way made clear. If, however, your intent is biased, serving only an entitled or greedy purpose, many disturbances will arise to thwart your progress. Note what comes into your life to guide you, friend and foe, open door and closed door alike. Sometimes that which makes something impossible offers a most blatant possibility. Sometimes life just says no, go in another direction. And what better advice could you ask for? A no, a call to stop, could be all you need to really move forward. Sometimes not doing anything is the best move!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne