I Was Once Blind, But Now I “See”!

For so long in my life, I actively sought to make all those I knew and interacted with, feel comfortable and “Seen” around me. In other words, in deference to my own self, I allowed others to express their ideas, wants and opinions while I deliberately withheld or minimized my own wants, opinions and desires.  

My coping mechanism was a manifestation of rarely (if ever) being validated, trying to fit into an externalized world in which I’ve never belonged, and due to my neediness for others to accept me as I truly am. The funny thing is, it never really worked as I had intended it to, and in fact quite the opposite.  

By behaving in this way, I accumulated quite a cadre of people in my life that enjoyed the deference I paid to them and though they did not reciprocate as I had intended them to, they did become dependent on my continued elevation of who they were around me, right up until the day that I needed a hand. 

My blindness had hemmed me in and when I opened my eyes, I found out that most of those who required me in so many ways before, preferred my lack of sight to seeing.

Now, as I have unearthed this enormous blind spot, I am respectful of others, but they do not receive more respect than they deserve. In other words, I give when it is warranted and I do not when it is not. I’ve found I feel much better and more confident, and those I interact with and choose to have relationships with now, show me more respect and accept me more than ever before.

Jung’s Active Imagination

Active imagination is a certain way of meditating imaginatively, by which one may deliberately enter into contact with the unconscious and make a conscious connection with psychic phenomena.”

-ML Von Franz

Active imagination, as described by Carl Jung (not by the negative connotation), may be described as a deliberate form of conscious dreaming. It is a meditation technique wherein the contents of one’s unconscious are translated into images, narrative or personified as separate entities.

It is a technique for unearthing unconscious repressions and elucidating what they are and how they can be best assimilated into ones consciousness awareness. The end result is to accept and integrate all parts of the self to express as the authentic creative self.

Active Imagination serves as a bridge between the conscious ‘ego’ and the unconscious and includes working with dreams and the creative self via imagination or fantasy. It is a more proximate and self-led modality for an individual to self-realize unconscious manifestations that are lessening their overall life expression and experience.

Jung linked active imagination with the processes of alchemy in that, both strive for oneness and inter-relatedness from a set of fragmented and dissociated parts. *Integration or Assimilation into the whole self. 

Key to the process of active imagination is the goal of exerting as little influence as possible on mental images as they unfold.

”Flowing”, not Striving as the false-self does, but “Seeing, accepting and integrating the self truthfully. 

Jung’s approach would ask the practitioner would be to;
observe the scene,
watch for changes,
and report them, rather than to consciously fill the scene with one’s desired changes.

This minimizes the influence of the false-self interfering with truth hidden in the unconscious.

The steps following Imagination:  Inspiration and Intuition.


A meditant clears away all personal content, including even the consciously chosen content of a symbolic form, while maintaining the activity of imagination itself, and thus becomes able to perceive the imaginal realm from which this activity itself stems.


The meditant leverages the connection to the imaginal realm established via the cognitive imagination, while releasing the images mediated via this connection.

By ceasing the activity of imaginative consciousness while allowing one’s awareness to remain in contact with the archetypal, or unconscious realm, the possibility opens up for an awareness deeper than the imaginal to be conveyed to the open soul by the mediating agents of this realm.

Jung was insistent that the participant deliberately engage in active imagination practice:

You yourself must enter into the process with your personal reactions.. as if the drama being enacted before your eyes were real.”

Jung’s first personal experience with Active Imagination 

I was sitting at my desk once more, thinking over my fears. Then I let myself drop. Suddenly it was as though the ground literally gave way beneath my feet, and I plunged into the dark depths.”  

The active imagination spawns from the desires of the unconscious mind, which ultimately wants to become conscious. But once they are realized by the individual, Dreams may become “weaker and less frequent” whereas they may have been quite vivid and recurring beforehand. With effective active imagination, the need for the unconscious to communicate with us through our dreams, is lessened.

Active imagination is a method for visualizing unconscious issues by letting them act themselves out. It can be done by visualization, by automatic writing, or by artistic activities such as dance, music, painting, sculpting, ceramics, crafts, etc.

“The patient can make himself creatively independent through this method… by painting himself he gives shape to himself’.


The practice of active imagination, as practiced by so many creative peope, permits the thoughtforms of the unconscious, or the inner ‘self’, and of the totality of the psyche, to act out whatever messages they are trying to communicate to the conscious mind.

Active imagination, expresses realities of an imaginal realm transcending any personal existence, and “fancy”, or fantasy, which expresses the creativity of the artistic soul. It is the imagination which transcends fantasy, it is driven by the authentic-self, but can be interfered with by the false-self so an intentional aware effort is required.

Recently, Samuel Mateus has suggested a close link between imaginary, society and publicity.

The “Public Imaginal” 
was named after the dynamic, symbolic and complex set of diverse and heterogeneous Imaginaries that permeate societies. This is in line with Nietzsche, Goethe, Einstein, Jung and many others, and I describe it as a “Fictional Composite”, or an externalized societal persona, through which we all tacitly agree to communicate with and treat one another.

The active imagination serves as an “organ of the soul”, thanks to which humanity can establish a cognitive and visionary relationship with an intermediate world” 
-Jakob Böhme

Good Quotes!

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoraeu 

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.”

-William Jennings Bryan

“A friend is before whom I may think aloud.”

-RW Emerson

“A man does not have to be an Angel in order to be a saint.”

-Albert Schweitzer 

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

-Alexander the Great

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”

-Alfred Adler

“It is better to error on the side of daring than the side of caution.”

-Alvin Toffler

“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

-Bertrand Russell

“There is nothing so stable as change.”

-Bob Dylan

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn to change.”

-Carl Rogers

“I am one of the people who loves the why of things.”

-Catherine the Great

RW Emerson on Growth, Maturity and True Greatness

“Once you saw phoenixes: they are gone; the world is not therefore disenchanted. 

The vessels on which you read sacred emblems turn out to be common pottery; but the sense of the pictures is sacred, and you may still read them transferred to the walls of the world. 

For a time our teachers serve us personally, as meters or milestones of progress. 

Once they were angels of knowledge and their figures touched the sky. 

Then we drew near, saw their means, culture and limits; and they yielded their place to other geniuses. 

Happy, if a few names remain so high that we have not been able to read them nearer, and age and comparison have not robbed them of a ray. 

But at last we shall cease to look in men for completeness, and shall content ourselves with their social and delegated quality. 

All that respects the individual is temporary and prospective, like the individual himself, who is ascending out of his limits into a universal existence. 

We have never come at the true and best benefit of any genius so long as we believe him an original force. 

In the moment when he ceases to help us as a cause, he begins to help us more as an effect. 

Then he appears as an exponent of a vaster mind and will. 

The opaque self becomes transparent with the light of the First Cause. 

Yet, within the limits of human education and agency, we may say great men exist that there may be greater men.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Energetic Resonance: Humming Along

When particle physicists describe the behavior of energy at the Quantum Level, they observe that the smallest most fundamental packets of energy, oscillate around a fixed Equilibrium position.  

The Particle appears as a wave moving up and down and in a direction, as it hovers in exact patterns of behavior, depending on the energy added to, blocking or removed from the system.

A particle with no energy applied from the outside and with minimal internal energy is said to be at its’ Ground State, or at its’ lowest possible energy level.  

Even at their Ground State quantum packets, still retain an inherent energy that causes them to move irregularly.  

This lowest Energy, in the cosmological sense, was termed “Zero-Point Vacuum Energy“, by Albert Einstein, and plays a huge role in determining the makeup and behavior from the smallest particle to the Cosmos.
  A Quanta, or fundamental Packet of Energy at its’ lowest possible level, or at its’ Ground State, push play

Energetic Resonance occurs when a given system is influenced and driven (by another vibrating system or by an external forces), to oscillate with greater amplitude at some preferential frequencies (quantum states).

Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system’s resonant frequencies, or resonance frequencies. 

At resonant frequencies

small periodic driving forces have the ability to produce large amplitude oscillations.  

Once we are resonating as we should, we flow and to grow smaller energy inputs are required.

This is because the system stores vibrational energy.

Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and potential energy in the case of a pendulum). 

However, there are some losses from cycle to cycle, called damping. When damping is small, the resonant frequency is approximately equal to the natural frequency of the system, which is a frequency of unforced vibrations. 

In Electrodynamics, a “Resonant Circuit”, acts like a “Electric Resonator”, or an “Electrical Tuning Fork” of sorts, that stores energy oscillations at the circuits resonant frequency, allowing electrical energy to Resonate at a specific frequency and Amplitude for some time with no effort or external energy needed.  
This is analogous to an internally stored and focused personally generated integrated mindset. When we retain the energy that is truthful to us we resonate with little desire to strive externally.

Absent any friction from an external source that can dampen the particles Vibration, it will do quite fine on its own.

If a dampening external force is present, it can negatively affect the resonating vibrations of the particle by decreasing its frequency and amplitude, eventually forcing the particle back to its’ ground state.  

The threshold eclipsed to force a particle out of its resonance and down to its ground state is known as Critically Dampening of a system.  

In humans we call this being overwhelmed, and this phenomenon can lead to depression and other untoward manifestations.

If we allow our energy to be influenced from sources that do not necessarily have our best interest at heart, we can also be dampened, as we too are energy.  We, thankfully, can choose how we resonate and at what frequency!

The Sins of the …Parents!

There’s a bible verse that has been used by many to illustrate the importance of creating an intentional environment for fostering children’s hearts and minds and the bonds of the family. To paraphrase, “the sins of the father effect several generations”.

This concept also reveals to us just how difficult and rare a thing it is, for a parent to summon the courage and the perseverance required, to shift their mentality away from their own limited experience and away from the inertia of society in general, towards one that is more truth based, open and life affirming. Whether the change be motivated for ideological reasons or inspired only out of love and truth alone, the task requires both mother and father if it has any chance of being successful.

Today, both the father and the mother have a duty to set the mark and the vision for their family. Traditionally the responsibility of setting the tone for the family rested more firmly on the mans shoulders, but with the enlightened equalization of genders, the team approach is thankfully becoming the norm. This responsibility is not a light one and can truly be one of the most challenging things we adults ever face.

Assuming that we can elevate the vision of our family and foster a loving environment for our own children that allows them the tether they need to know, accept and love themselves, requires a very high level of personal diligence and responsibility on the parents part first and foremost!

Parroting the phrase, “I won’t be like my parents”, doesn’t cut it, and in fact, if that is where the effort is left, it is assured that ones stead as a parent will be but a replay of their own experience with their parents. Deferring ones responsibility to the whims of societal thought or to ones spouse, is choosing not to choose and is by definition irresponsible, as it relates to one of the most important roles we assume in life.

The common myth that my daughter or son will understand me once they grow up and experience life, is only a way to cope with ones lack of effort and places the self of the parent above that of the child and their struggles. The child needs to be understood, not the parent!   Waiting for ones kid to “get it”, only means that one assumes that their child too will succumb to the contrived demands of society, as they themselves have acquiesced.  

Being vulnerable enough to let ones children “see” them, may seem weak and risky to ones authority over their children, but I can assure you, your influence is minimal if you cannot, and gifts both the parent and child endlessly if one can but find the courage to do so!

The Web of Life, Gravity (Edit)

Photo from my evening Stroll😎

Gravity is the Engine that set energy in motion from the very beginning. It provides a vehicle for living energy to interact with itself, experience itself and to transform into other manifestations and creations within the Web that is Space-Time.

Like a spiders web Gravity slows down and channels what we call energy, giving us all life and the range of life experiences and feelings.  Eventually, as for all things, and especially life, our brief temporal existence must come to an end.  

It is our temporal existence and our apparent physical separateness and boundaries that forms the seeming paradoxical life experience itself.

Gravity both forms and sets stars and planets in motion, it fuels Earth’s oceans and seas to pump and circulate life through the movement of water, like the heartbeat of Creation.  

It forms our atmosphere to shower fresh water on life and to spread life across the lands from the jet streams and the winds created by temperature and pressure variations.

Gravity forms and births stars and shapes galaxies for the stars to join and to be a part of.  

Gravity redistributes the energy after a star has spent its’, allowing for different expressions of energy to be made manifest.

Gravity is served by the lesser forces, as only Gravity is Fundamental.  

Gravity cannot be reduced to any particular through quantization, as it is Integral, whole and complete prior to the first coalescence of energy that was attracted to itself proceeding the birth of our universe.

Light is Gravities’ Handmaiden, and it works to transfer energy between its’ various forms, keeping the universe moving, expanding, flowing, maintaining, and urging the spark of life to reach further.

When sufficient amounts of energy have joined together in one concentrated place, that energy escapes this universe as Gravity allows it to go, much in the way that our universe was born.  

Gravity is Fundamental to life, but it’s making me mad now! These scales cannot be right!😉