Archive for May 12th, 2009
Another photo from last week when I travelled to North Dakota, a flood photo. This water is fourteen and a half feet above normal levels, burying the beach buildings as well as the beach and marina. Below is another entry from the PDF book project for SoFoBoMo. I have finished 14 of the 25 photos and text entries – 40% done – in one week. The pressure is off and it looks as though I will finish well within my 31 day limit.
Dimly felt night trails
Through tunnels of time and space
Peopled with monsters
Entering the “Road of Trials,” one is faced with a constantly shifting landscape. The shifts match the shifts in consciousness. Each trial on the journey involves a small death and a rebirth as one moves from dependency to self-responsibility. In a conversation between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell, Campbell states:
“You are in no way a self-responsible, free agent, but an obedient dependent, expecting and receiving punishments and rewards. To evolve out of this position of psychological immaturity to the courage of self-responsibility and assurance requires a death and a resurrection. That’s the basic motif of the hero’s journey – leaving one condition and finding the source of life to bring you forth into a richer or mature condition.” (Campbell and Moyers, The Power of Myth, page 152, 1988.)
Now, the work begins, the work of digging through the layers of confusion, of wounding and banished dreams and fears. In the process, obstacles seek to dissuade one from continuing the journey, testing one’s true spirit. The battleground – consciousness versus the unconscious.
Separation from his instinctual nature inevitably plunges civilized man into the conflict of conscious and unconscious, spirit and nature, knowledge and faith, a split that becomes pathological the moment his consciousness is no longer able to neglect or suppress his instinctual side. (Jung, CW vol. 10, “The Philosophical and Psychological Approach to Life,” paragraph 558, 1958.)
The struggles within are matched with struggles in the outer world. One’s dreams are key to charting the journey. Overcoming a monster in the shadow lands, one learns to deal with a difficult outer world situation such as in a work relationship in which one is engaged in conflict. One begins to take ownership and ceases being a victim.