Good morning authors and creative sisters and brothers. I am new to this business of blogging, and you are probably new to my perspectives, which come out of almost two decades of studying Jungian psychology. Last Sunday, I did not convey my idea well, so there were two brave souls willing to question what I was trying to say. Perhaps I can try again because I believe it is an important topic – the idea of finding our balance as a creative, growing, introspective individual. Let me back up and give a little foundation on the idea of holding the opposites. My apologies!
Most of us have grown up in a culture that would prefer to divide and categorize things into dualities, making life easier instead of considering the complexities of a middle way. Examples readily understood are black/white, good/bad, right/wrong, joyful/painful. We can understand that there is more gray area in life, than true black or true white. People are not all good or all bad. We’ve all done bad things and good things and we all have good qualities and not so good qualities.
Similarly, our life circumstances are rarely, if ever completely positive or negative. Good things usually come out of overcoming of a bad situation. We become stronger in the broken places. A painful ending always begets a new beginning, and that is an exciting and growth-full time. This is the spiraling way of the Feminine aspect of consciousness. In this way, the rhythms of paradox are circuitous. Spiraling is very different than the black/white paradigm. As a writer, it is helpful for me to remember this. If I can remember this during the hard times, the stuck times, I will not give up or feel paralyzed in my feelings or my fears. Knowing that something new is coming helps me hold on and accept what is right now.
So, now, the question for reflective writing today is this: imagine something that you consider to be problematic with your current situation, your life, your habits, your body, your writing. Chose something that feels immovable, stuck, something you don’t like to think about. Once you’ve found that place, instead of seeing only the negatives about this condition, write about all the ways this circumstance might help you see new territory. Consider all that might potentially transform out of this, or what is helpful about it right now. The turning point comes out of considering the alternative view of the current condition. In this way, we experience the richness of life. We allow ourselves to experience darkness and light.