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I took this photo in Hong Mei Gong Yuan, or Red Plum Park in ChangZhou, two days ago. Of course, it didn’t actually look like this, so cold almost lifeless. As I was cropping and trying to have the lanterns stand out with a bit of toggling of various editing options this version of reality appeared. As I played with the editing features, I realised that what was appearing before my eyes was also reality through a different lens, but reality none-the-less. Readers here might remember that I have commented about this idea of what is seen, in my August 24, 2010 post which talked about the lens through which we see the world. This post is about dreaming, a different world or reality.
I have been dreaming a lot recently. The trip to IndoChina in January and early February seems to have awakened something within that continues to give voice as well as images to the unconscious. The outer world seems to be mimicking the inner world as small voices are protesting their enforced silence. Even in Canada, the effort going into “silencing” has taken on an autocratic tone as if to deny the very existence of another way of knowing, another point of view.
Leaders are heroes to someone – and that part is sometimes hard to understand, especially when some of these leaders distort, lie, and manufacture realities that even a bit of consciousness would immediately recognise as false. How does the world ever allow a Hitler, a Gadhafi, a bin Laden, a Bush or minor league leaders such as Harper to have leadership? Fear is the first reason. These men all prey on the fears of the unwashed, the fear of the others who are the carriers of both personal and collective shadow. Here, I want to add Jung’s words to my post in hopes that you will understand what I am thinking/feeling at this time:
“Apart from the moral difficulty there is another danger which is not inconsiderable and may lead to complications, particularly with individuals who are pathologically inclined. This is the fact that the contents of the personal unconscious (i.e. the shadow) are indistinguishably merged with the archetypal contents of the collective unconscious and drag the latter with them when the shadow is brought into consciousness. This may exert an uncanny influence on the conscious mind; for activated archetypes have a disagreeable effect even – or should I say, particularly – on the most cold-blooded rationalist.” (Jung, CW 12, par. 38)
As I look at what is occurring around the world, where many ordinary people have somehow fallen out of the webs woven to keep them silent to the point of of refusing to hear their own conscience, their own souls, I see my own culpability. I see that I have also been a leader acting out of shadow – the leader of a classroom, the leader of a sports team, the leader of a family, the leader of a school – I see that rather than leading, I was being lead and that I believed I was a hero. Yes, there is a question of degree, but when one goes into the mind of each of those we now label as infamous, each of these men see themselves as heroes. At what point does one “wake up” from the delusions and reclaim “self” from the shadow?
This is what this image today is asking me. When will I wake up and acknowledge the shadow that is being denied? Of course, I don’t consciously know what I am denying, but at least I now have an idea that something is being blocked, something is feeling banished to an inner Dachau. Yes, this photo evokes the same response as when I watched Schindler’s List. Will I deny and watch the small signs of life be silenced? I hope not. It’s time for me to listen to the inner voice of self. It’s time for all of us to listen to the inner voice within each of us that is self and wake up and leave the power of the collective shadow, the belief in a leader that will save us, that will be our hero.
A walk through the morning market in any city is something that always yields a wealth of sights, sounds and aromas; it is also a great place to take photographs. This woman was one of the rare older ladies at the morning market in Phnom Penh as older women are not all that numerous in Cambodia. The history of wars has removed many people from the older generations, especially the wars surrounding the Killing Fields of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime.
I mentioned yesterday about the negative affect on life when the ego is submerged by the shadow, by the unconscious. The story of the years of the Khmer Rouge are a vivid testimony of this happening at the collective level. The possession of one’s ego by the unconscious allows the collective unconscious to emerge and find a voice in the outer world as the boundaries between the personal and collective unconscious are very permeable. As I understand it, the personal unconscious is held within the collective unconscious, a subset of the collective unconscious. When the collective unconscious is highly charged, energized; and a portal has opened, the power of the collective unconscious rushes to possess as many individuals as possible. The weakest of egos fall to the tidal wave of the collective unconscious. We see this every time there are mobs acting as if with one voice.
“. . . there is another danger which is not inconsiderable and may lead to complications, particularly with individuals who are pathologically inclined. This is the fact that the contents of the personal unconscious (i.e. the shadow) are indistinguishably merged with the archetypal contents of the collective unconscious and drag the latter with them when the shadow is brought into consciousness. This may exert an uncanny influence on the conscious mind; for the activated archetypes have a disagreeable effect – or I should perhaps say, particularly – on the most cold-blooded rationalist.” (Jung, CW 12, par. 38)
I mentioned the “weakest of egos” before the quotation from Jung’s Collected Works. The weakest egos aren’t necessarily the same as the weakest of minds. A brilliant mind can fall under the sway of shadow which becomes all the more powerful acting out in the outer world. Pol Pot, Hitler, and enough others serve as examples of the shadow exerting “an uncanny influence on the conscious mind.
It isn’t just the bright minds that are influenced by the shadow, dominated by the shadow. Many of the simple-minded are easily swayed via superstition into acting under the influence of the shadow, particularly adolescents which form the bulk of many “movements” which use terror to accomplish the tasks set out by masters.