Revisiting this topic I wrote about a few years ago. See below for essay.
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Life, mine and yours has a place in the vast continuum of existence if only for the time span of each of our lifetimes. This continuum contains the “I Have Been”, the “I Am, and the “I Will Be” of self. This special timeline reaches backward and forward from the moment of right now. Right now is influenced by the chosen and random narrative of what came before, mixed with the choices of this very moment and the randomness of now. The “I Will Be” of my future and yours is understandable (if only partially) by exploring the “I have Been” and the “I Am” of the narrative and artifacts of self.
Personal Narratives and Artifacts
Our personal narrative of self contains the stories we piece together of our life. Some are accurate representations of life and self and some are not. These stories, colored by our beliefs and inclinations, can be more powerful than the circumstances and events were it possible to consult an impartial observer. In essence, they are really our personalized alternative narratives and are explanatory artifacts for understanding life. My narrative is no different and is represented by the blog entries on the first page of this web site.
We travelers along this continuum of life create and use artifacts. These artifacts can be physical objects or they can be less visible as pointed out above. Like archeologists we can excavate and expose our “personal artifacts” to a light of the present. We can examine them and define the real and metaphorical connection to their place in our lives. Doing so can give us some chance of understanding our possible futures in a world that is filled with wonders and yet at times can be difficult.
My personal narrative and artifacts are partially represented on this web site. It contains small glimpses of how I examine the “I Have Been” and the “I Am” of my self. Some of the artifacts I present are complete and have their place further back on the continuum; others exist and are being created in the now. All can and probably will lead to the place of “I Will Be” on my personal continuum and “process of being”.
Carl Jung believed that dreams were the natural and direct reflection of the individual’s inner mental world. He saw them as a representation, a sort of snapshot of the dreamer’s unconscious state represented in symbolic forms. He stated that dreams had a specific means of expression using metaphors, images, and symbols that were the language of the unconscious mind.
More importantly Jung divided the dreams into two categories. The first being, dreams that contain personal content and secondly dreams that contain collective universal elements. These collective elements are the symbols and images that we as humans have developed throughout time and are meaningful representations of our state of being. Jung called these ancient collective images “archetypes”. The archetypes include the persona, the shadow, the anima, the animus, the great mother, the wise old man, the hero, and the self.
Dreams Revisited - Jung
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"Our personal narrative of self contains the stories we piece together of our life. Some are accurate representations of life and self and some are not. These stories, colored by our beliefs and inclinations can be more powerful than the actual circumstances and events were it possible to consult an impartial observer." - Art
Narrative of Lost Time
Art, Books, Inspirations and a few psychological and philosophical musings.