Placing Climate and Other Catastrophic Events Within a Larger Story:
Rêverie on ‘Choice’ by Dominique Marguerite, Jungian Analyst
The word ‘choice’ comes from the same Indo-European root (Geus-) as does the word to ‘taste’. Somehow, ‘taste’ is closer to the deep meaning of ‘choice’ than ‘choice’ is. When I taste, I value, it is not a neutral experience: if I like what I taste, all is well and I am in harmony with who I am (those who know me know this is true). I am guided from within. Of course, I can be guided from within and be bewitched or possessed by a demon in the choice I made and what I ‘taste’ can be bitter or sour or even poisonous. Remember the story of the Golden Tree? The wives of one of the Emperors of India were jealous of his youngest and most beloved wife and, seeking her destruction, they convinced the emperor to send her away. When a choice ‘tastes’ bad, it is is against soul, fueled by emotion, and is born of a strong and unreflective urge or desire to act. In the end the envious wives will be banished.
At the beginning of story of The Golden Tree, the emperor banished his youngest wife because she had not born him a son. He made the wrong choice of sending her away before he could realize his deep love for her. He then dreamt of her and of an exquisitely beautiful golden tree and was filled with grief at her loss and longed to find her and the golden tree. He eventually decided that he himself would go to look for her and the tree. Through a series of unconscious choices and their consequences, he came to the right choice, his self-involvement, the choice with the deeper value. With self-involvement and conscious participation, the Self emerges when we are able to choose according to soul which guides choice with a felt benevolence. It is a similar benevolence that can guide choice when synchronicity happens. When two unrelated events are brought together in awareness by unexpected meaning, we can be quickened to conscious choice. In the story of the Golden Tree, it was when the banished wife joyfully gave birth that the Emperor dreamt of the Golden Tree and of his lost wife and came to understand his loss. We can accept the gift of synchronicity as the amulet of the golden tree with leaves of the thinnest gold and clusters of diamonds. And we even at times, like the emperor of our story, experience a strange certainty and trust the intuition that seems to come from nowhere and reach for the Golden Tree.
Stefano Carpani, a candidate in training at the Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland interviews analysts. In this his interview Ursula Brasch talks about the I Ching and Jungian work
Chose a journal you will enjoy writing in. Put it next to your bed with a pen within easy reach. Every morning, notice when you awaken, laying quietly and without opening your eyes. Ask yourself whether you had dream. Notice images, sensations or feelings that could have been part of a dream. Write or dictate (in case you decided to use your phone to record the dream) whatever you recall, however vague or precise. Write your dream in the present tense as though it is happening now.
If you have no dream recollection, journal any feelings, impressions or sensations you are experiencing. Date your journal entry.
Now you can go on with your day!
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What is the spirit of place? The spirit of place is what enlivens and guides to exploration. It is a sense of needing to widen the space in which you move. The landscape is alive, animated. You want to look up to the sky, the clouds, the stars. The spirit of place is movement, quietness, curiosity, and safety. It is a movement towards and yet a presence in the here and now kindled by the physicality of the experience. The solidity of the earth beneath your feet and the vastness of the sky contain in quiet attention. When touched by the spirit of place you are at one and at ease being held by landscape and nature, feeling safely grounded, welcome to being here in this place, this geography, inner and outer, allowing a trusted authority from within.
In the safe and confidential environment of a small group, I lead participants in working with their dreams.
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Cost: $150 for 4 sessions due prior to start. Group may renew.
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