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I love falling snow. Well, that is true when the temperature is not too cold and there isn’t a wind blowing. I had hoped for a clearer image of falling snow, distinct evidence of snowflakes. But, when all was said and done, this photo caught my unconscious intention best.
Now, when I look at the photo, I see not the lamp post and the snow framed by the late evening sky, but I see a different world. It is as though I see out my window into another universe. The photo also pulls me within. And like all things which pull at me, I am pulled in two different directions at the same time.
The photo reminds me of a painting I once did called “Night Storms.” It was representative of one of my “dark” periods in the early ’90s. Now, it represents something that is about “light” in the darkness. Both realities exist at the same time. All exists at the same time, all opposites, all possibilities. Being alive means that each of us is caught in between each of the polarities. Drifting too close to one polarity only results in imbalance. Polarities are the homelands of the archetypes. The sum of all gives us the ONE, that which each religion places as the deity that embraces all that is and isn’t.
Whenever we try to define conceptually either a God or an archetype we find that neither can be grasped adequately by conceptual means. As metaphysical principles they elude our knowledge. The Greeks learned about their Gods through unwritten mythology. We learn about our archetypes through lived psychology. (Hillman, Re-Visioning Psyhcology, 1975, p. 36)