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Chuck’s Place: Our Promethean Debt

The power of One…
-Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Prometheus stole fire from the gods, delivering to humanity the gift of consciousness and the ability to chart its own course. For his transgression, Zeus condemned Prometheus to eternal torment. Human beings must also suffer nature’s torments, as she evens the score for transgressions to nature, within and without.

At the deepest transpersonal dimension of our psyche we all share the same roots and laws that govern our being. These are the instincts and archetypes of the collective unconscious. When the decisions we make deviate too widely from those archetypal roots, our Promethean debt must be paid and, as Jung put it, “from time to time with hideous consequences.”*

This is the usual course of human history with its eternal torment of wars. Outwardly, the conservative laws of the instincts are diametrically opposed to the decisions and directions of detached consciousness. Instinct and reason are fighting for supremacy. The lines are drawn, with no interest in reconciliation.

Inwardly, the consequences of one-sided attitudes are the torments of restlessness, anxiety, terror, and depression. Resolution of these painful states is to be found on the path of individuation, where we reconcile and live the fullness of our wholeness. To travel this path brings benefit, both within and without. It takes but one rainmaker to bring rain to an entire village. As within, so without.

Every one of us is a fragment of the same hologram. Though outwardly we appear unique, at the transpersonal, quantum level of our being we are all all that is. Look no further than yourself to confront the same dynamics being played out, at this very moment, upon the world stage.

Individuation requires that we suffer the opposites of our wholeness. All beings are actually bipolar beings. Wholeness cannot be found in one-sided dissociation. We must suffer full ownership of our shadow, all the parts of us that we reject or simply don’t know about.

It is not enough for consciousness to shine its light into the darkness, it must accept and bring into life all of itself. Sometimes, for example, you must speak the truth, however painful the consequences. As a result, a rejected part of the psyche that had turned aggressive might feel reconciled with consciousness for its willingness to take such heartfelt action.

Those deep truths, though they may appear transactional, and require outer action, actually originate within the interplay of dynamics within the self. Outer truths merely mirror inner facts. Be sure to always bring it home, not leaving a projected part of the self in the person and behavior of an other. Take full responsibility for owning, suffering the torments of, and living your wholeness.

We, each individual, are the world. Every character upon the world stage is within us. The energetics without are the energetics within.

The playing field for our Promethean debt is the structure and dynamics of our inner world. Find the balance within; advance the world without.

In so doing, perhaps the usual course of history might be averted. Grab the opportunity to truly make a difference.

Going for it,

*Essays On A Science Of Mythology, C. G. Jung and C. Kerenyi, p. 82.

Soulbyte for Wednesday April 27, 2022

Notice how each day is different, something has changed. Sometimes changes are sudden and noticeable but often they are so subtle you barely notice them. Even within the self change is happening all the times, sometimes suddenly but more often in subtle ways. Learn to go with the flow of life rather than fighting it, accepting the changes that come your way, for it is in the natural flow that you will have your greatest experiences and know yourself as part of the beautiful whole that is your life.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Monday February 21, 2022

In balance all is acceptable as part of the whole. This is true outside of you, in the world you live in, and inside of you as well. Balance maintains that everything lives together in harmony as part of the whole, no part more active than another, yet all equally acknowledged, known, and acceptable for having been active when appropriate and now not having a need to be, for when a part has played out its needs it then recedes. In balance all is known and put to rest. This is what recapitulation is, and recapitulation results in balance.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday February 18, 2022

Intend change that is positive, life affirming, and in alignment with what is right for the greater whole. When everything is in balance then nothing is bad or negative, it just is, acceptable as part of the whole. But when everything is in balance nothing has any more importance than anything else, it just is. Thus, nothing is more acceptable or less acceptable, it just is. Everything is of value and yet nothing is given too much value, and yet life itself is of great value, for it is where balance and alignment are learned and practiced.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 16, 2022

Let change into your life in small and incremental ways so that over time you will be acclimated to how change effects you and your world, and so that you will be better prepared for the big changes that are sure to come unexpectedly and suddenly. Small changes are practice for being able to handle the inevitable. Accept change as part of your life’s plan, bringing you lessons and challenges that are necessary for your spiritual growth and development. Get comfortable with change, for it is the truth unfolding in everyday life, but not so comfortable that you neglect yourself or forget to enjoy life as it unfolds in every fascinating moment.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne