decoding myth and archetype - our psychic DNA
Photo: Bernard Chandler
A listener: "...so free, so wise, so real, so comprehensible, so clarion, so directional."
I believe we have access to a source of insight unique to each one of us that can inspire and guide what we do. I believe that this source flows like a stream, continually clear and refreshed.
Streams emerge from underground springs and rain water that falls on the land around. Ultimately, they are fed by the whole interconnected system of Earth’s water and weather. I believe our flow of insight arises similarly from a wide and deep weave of cultural and inner life, and constitutes a vital aspect of who we are.
If we ignore our inner promptings, we grow confused. We give weight to the opinions and viewpoints of others and downgrade our own. At the same time, we over emphasize the impact that our upbringing and surroundings have on us, while underestimating - or overlooking - our own power to shape our lives.
Myths and archetypes from folklore and sacred writings, often called the wisdom traditions, encode this understanding. They also teach us that we are systemically connected to the world we live in - and explain it is important to stay attuned to the wise inner source because the way we experience ourselves affects how we impact the world. That is why they are called the wisdom traditions!
My work as a writer is to share and explore these truths and their implications.
For I also believe the leading edge of human experience lies now in mastering the forces of our own consciousness.
Understanding ourselves and how we create frees up imagination, and allows us to evolve ideas that play out in harmony with others and with the ecology of our beautiful planet home.