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Archetypes and Gods

From the online article “On Gods and Stained Glass Windows” on Patheos by John Halstead:

“Water represented, for [Jung], the vivifying energies of the unconscious, what we might call ‘eros’, the energy of life.  This ‘water’, he says, comes from deep down in the unconscious and runs along secret channels before it reaches the daylight of consciousness.  The underground channel though which it runs is the archetype.  The place where the water springs forth is marked by an archetypal image or symbol.  This symbol merely marks the place, the locus, of the experience of the archetype.  But the symbol should not be confused with the experience (drinking the water) or the archetype (the underground channel through which the water flowed) or the collective unconscious (the source of the water).

The point is that when the connection to the source is broken, then religious forms become empty and powerless. . . .”

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Dream Workshop with Larry Maze

Dream Workshop with Bishop Larry Maze

St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Corner of 9th and Oak Streets
Rogers, Arkansas
Saturday, April 18 from 10 am thru 3:30 pm. in the Parish Hall
For more information contact the church office at 479-636-4042 or saintandrewsrogers@me.com.

Meeting Cancelled for Tonight

Tonight’s meeting of NWA Friends of Jung is cancelled due to inclement weather. See you Tuesday, March 3!

The Earth Has a Soul

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The book we’re going to study this year is The Earth has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life by C. G. Jung, Meredith Sabini, and Joseph Campbell. If you want to get a taste of what the book is about, check out Meredith Sabini’s article about the book on the website EcoBuddhism.

Quote of the Day

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”         Wendell Berry, from Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms

Quote of the Day

Concerning the Via Creativa path of creation spirituality: “Creativity is not about painting a picture or producing an object; it is about wrestling with the demons and angels in the depths of our psyches and daring to name them, to put them where they can breathe and have space and we can look at them. This process of listening to our images and birthing them allows us to embrace our ‘enemies’—that is, the shadow side of ourselves—as well as to embrace our biggest visions and dreams. Art-as-meditation becomes the basic prayer form in the practice of creation spirituality.”
Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth

Quote of the Day

“If you take life absolutely seriously, you must realize there’s the counter-play to it, that the world of law is simply an optional world. When you do something you create a pattern that excludes other possibilities, and there comes a time for opening up to all possibility and the creative act.

Actually, everybody who has ever done creative work of any kind knows this moment. You make your plans in terms of what the mind can think of, and if you hold to those plans you’re going to have a dry, dead piece of work. What you have to do is open out underneath into chaos, and then a new thing comes, and if you bring your critical faculty down too early you’re going to kill it.

There’s a beautiful letter that Schiller wrote to a young author who was having the trouble that’s known as writer’s block. This young writer had oh, so much to say, but he couldn’t write. This is a normal situation. Schiller said simply, ‘Your problem is that you’re bringing the critical factor into play before you have let the lyric factor work.’

Look what happens to us in our schools: we learn to criticize Milton and Shakespeare and Goethe and everybody else, and then the teacher says, ‘Now do some creative work.’ You sit down and this bit of spilth begins coming out and you think, Oh, my God! That’s nothing. Of course you can’t write like Shakespeare, but you can write like you, perhaps, if you let yourself go.”

Joseph Campbell, Goddeses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine


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The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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