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Chuck’s Place: Perfection Is Wholeness

Find wholeness in all things…
-Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Perfection is wholeness. Wholeness is the four-sided mandala: 4 directions, 4 seasons, 4 stages of life, etc. Winter is pregnancy. Spring is birth. Summer is fulfillment. Fall is death.

The decay of Fall provides the seeds and nourishment for new life, as the life cycle completes itself and begins anew. Nature teaches, in this most basic way, that life feeds upon life. The shamans of ancient Mexico called our world a predatory universe, not as a judgment but as nature’s destructive truth.

Evil is branded the demon, and it may present as such, but it is a necessary part of the life cycle, a fundamental part of our wholeness. Archetypes are the primal patterns that generate the life cycle. Archetypes populate the deepest level of the human unconscious, what Jung called the collective unconscious.

Joseph Campbell realized that in world mythology, which personifies the  organizing influence of the archetypes upon human behavior, the hero archetype has a thousand faces. Local cultures thus dress the core archetypes in local clothing and masks, but beneath the surface all the different variations can be reduced to the same universal archetypes.

Despite the culture or religion, the hero is always sacrificed, changes form, and is born again into new life. Once again, nature’s fallen resurrects in the new life of Spring.

Archetypes insist on being propitiated. We must appease their energetic imperatives or suffer the agonizing consequences of their wrath.  For example, depression is often the withdrawal of life energy by a neglected archetype. If we refuse a rite of Spring, like Daphne our life might harden into a frozen tree.

Modern humanity has forgotten its natural roots. The animal has been confined to the darkness of the basement, in the area of the psyche Jung called the shadow. While humanity luxuriates in its advanced technology, the animal in the shadow plans its escape into life. Here’s how Jung described the ravaged animal’s escape in Nazi Germany:

“Like the rest of the world, [the Germans] did not understand wherein Hitler‘s significance lay, that he symbolized something in every individual. He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody‘s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.” *

Projection of one’s disowned self onto a political leader renders one the sacrificial victim of a wrathful archetype. Victimhood is experienced as both the ecstasy of the entranced and the rage and hate of the rationally disenchanted. In both cases one is drawn into emotional bondage by the archetype.

In either case, the truly disenfranchised is both the personal and collective shadow, the neglected animal and the natural world, the Earth. This is a universal collective problem for humankind, not simply an issue of polarization.

The archetype of the shadow is just that, that which lives in the darkness.  This is both the truth of our disowned lives, as well as the archetype of our unlived wholeness. To propitiate the shadow, we must bring the light of our consciousness into the darkness and discover the fullness of who we are.

In waking life, our journeys into darkness require us to own and release the intensity of our emotions in a safe place. Beyond release is the full knowing and acceptance of all we have done, light and dark. Finally, the darkness will reveal the changes we must make to align ourselves with our wholeness.

If we can suffer the Fall, reveling in its final colorful act, and have the patience of a pregnant Winter, new life will surely arrive, to be nourished in the Spring and brought to fulfillment in Summer, as the life cycle perfects its wholeness.

Seeking perfection,

*Jung, C. G. (1946). Fight with the Shadow. In The Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Vol. 10). Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Soulbyte for Wednesday September 21, 2022

                                                    -Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Nature’s extremes, her storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, cold, heat, droughts and fires represent a need for drastic change, for release of pressure, for a corrective shift. The same is often needed inside the individual human being and just like in nature extreme conditions may arise. During such extremes look within the self to find the reason for such drastic measures. Everything you need to know lies within the self.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday August 23, 2022

                                                -Illustration © 2022 by Jan Ketchel

Nature instructs on how to break habits and change patterns, how to shift from one day into the next, doing something different. Sometimes Nature withholds and at other times Nature floods. There is a lesson in everything. Learn how to make the same kind of quick shifts that Nature makes. Allow the flow of life within the Self to easily adjust to the changes that come. Be prepared for change each day; it can happen in an instant. Go with the flow of that.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday August 19, 2022

Soulbytes from the realm of heart & Spirit
– Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Brighten your day by bringing something from nature into your life, a sprig of greenery, a special stone, a shell, or even a photograph of a beautiful scene, for nature, in its very qualities of constancy and chaos, is very inspiring. Contemplate upon its changing qualities and yet its wholeness as well, its strengths and its frailties, its beauty and its horrors. So is nature like human life, full of paradoxes, and yet in its wholeness it is stunningly beautiful. Learn from nature to appreciate the self, all that you are, and stunningly beautiful as well.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday July 12, 2022

Look to nature for answers, for nature is as pure as it gets. Her processes prove how adaptable she is to change, how she snaps back to life after a storm, an avalanche, a flood. She adapts to the changes and new life springs forth in the changed environment. Learn to go with the flow of change in your own life and your own world, within and without, keeping constantly in mind the ultimate purpose of life, which is to evolve into the spiritual being you truly are.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne