This will be the last of the badland photo series that I will post here for the present. I particularly enjoyed this photo with its folds and shadows and crevices that hint at something much bigger. It is all in one’s point of view, I admit. That said, that is particularly what this blog site is about – photos viewed through a Jungian Lens.
This blog site is a map through the razor’s edge between my conscious state of awareness and the personal and collective shadow. Since I can’t truly speak of unconsciousness, simply because it is unconsciousness, I can balance on the edges of it, perhaps catching fleeting ghostly images, such as one finds in one’s dreams. Photography then becomes a form of active imagination, a tool to approach those edges of unconsciousness. Every so often, I sense an “ah-ha” moment where something has shifted from unconscious to consciousness, something that was ready to be noticed. All of this is directed towards meaning, creating and finding meaning in my life.
Daryl Sharp, a Canadian Jungian analyst, publisher and author talks about how the search for meaning becomes an imperative vocation in the second half of life:
Simply and naturally, by the virtue of the work on yourself, you are a magnet for those whose souls long for life. Granted, this is not your problem, but you do have to own up to the person you’ve become. Who you are, whether you will or no, has an inductive effect on others. To my mind this is all to the good, for if enough individuals become more conscious, why then the collective will too and life on this earth will go on. (Sharp, Who Am I, Really?, 1995, p. 66)
And this in part explains why this blog is open for others to read, for you to read. Perhaps my struggles, my thinking out loud, my questions; perhaps all of this is some way effects you in a positive way.