Icarus by Sergey Solomko
“Hubris is found in our capacity to convince ourselves that we really know what is going on.” [Hollis, Creating a Life, p13]
It has been more than half a year since my last entry. I am sitting in the sunshine that comes through my window on a pleasant winter morning on the Canadian prairies. As some of you may know, I have somehow found myself running the James Hollis group on Facebook. I didn’t start the group. Rather, a friend, Andrew Hagel, started the group in June, 2010. I joined soon after he created the group. Somehow, the group has become something of a magnet with membership now well past 2800 people. Why? I don’t really know and perhaps the why is not all that important. One thing I do know for certain, is that it has nothing to do with me or my contributions on the site. Andrew has left the workings of the group in my hands as the sole administrator of the group. I am hoping that a revitalization of this blog site will spill over into that group, especially the posts that feature James Hollis.
Poetry and photography
I have spent most of my time since my last post either writing, travelling, or enjoying family. I am seventy years old and I don’t, for a moment, think I am all that wise. My children disagree with me, but again, they are my children and are biased. The truth is that I am loved by my children and grandchildren who accept me as the eccentric man that I am. My children proudly display the three books of poetry that I have published, in spite of the challenge of the photos that accompany each poem.
Three Jungian novels
As well as the books of poetry, three novels are included in their collection. The novels are quite different as they draw on Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and naturism. The protagonist is a Jungian psychotherapist who embarks upon a Hero’s Journey. Though the stories are very realistic, a fact that has had readers believe that I am recounting my memoirs, the stories are metaphorical. Most of the characters are manifestations of archetypes. I have to admit that Daryl Sharp provided a good example of having the inner voices take roles in the outer world. I had fun while writing these novels which challenge those who want conformity and propriety. One other thing that Daryl Sharp taught me by example, is to be my own publisher. None of my books would see the light of day or be in the hands of readers otherwise.
Personal stories as remembered
My children also have a three volume series of my story, call it autobiography or memoirs, it all comes down to my story as experienced by me. These books aren’t easy to read and were very, very hard to write. For some reason, these books sell best. I put my story into three books to correspond to the stages of childhood, transition to adulthood, and the transition of midlife with its imperative to heal the wounding that occurred, especially the wounding in childhood. The books aren’t meant to be a model of how to heal a wounded psyche. They are meant to simply tell my story. That said, I have been told by many of those who bought the books that they made a difference in their lives.
I continue to write books, mostly novels which allow me to create Jungian-themed stories. Since I don’t expect to make a living from the sale of my books, there is a freedom for me as a writer to allow the cast of characters within me, a voice in the world of print.
You can find out more about my books at my home webpage – https://rglongpre.ca or you can find them at Amazon as paperbacks or eBooks. Now, despite having so many books published, I had to admit that I still don’t know what is going on with me or the world in general. I just wish that our political leaders in the world would allow themselves the necessity of not knowing the answers. Hubris was Icarus’ downfall, and it appears that we are all in for a world of hurt as fundamentalism [having all the answers] is spreading like a plague. It has to begin within each of us, dropping the crutches of fundamentalist beliefs whether they are religious, political, economic, or social. We need to celebrate our individual uniqueness.
Now, on the 2020. Have a Happy New Year