Opposites and contraries, dichotomies and contradictions, form the essence of life. It is our place to bring unity from duality, to harmonize/balance Yin and Yang, to make the peace by taking two and forming one. Our work starts with conscious and unconscious. We are two becoming one. How well we pull this off tells the tale. Conscious must learn to read/see/hear/attend unconscious, and bring unconscious to life within the here/now of the life we are living. Unconscious knows what needs to be done, but has no clue as to how to do it. Conscious knows the limits/restrictions/requirements imposed by the context and circumstances within each situation as it arises, and does the work of integration, of negotiation, of working out the needs of the unconscious world within the possibilities and limitations of the conscious world. Our conscious ego stands between both worlds and works to merge the worlds in ways that honor each world and enhances each with the inclusion of the other. Unconscious comes with potentialities appropriate for every manner of context/circumstance. It can be utterly ruthless and completely merciful. It is the place of conscious to apply what is possible in ways that are needed by the specific sitz im leben of each time and place of each here and now, knowing that "there is a time for every purpose under heaven." What is called for when, where and how is the question that conscious must constantly answer, drawing lines, setting limits, reading the situation and knowing how much of what is called for in each moment. The conscious must do its job well in applying the powers/tendencies/proclivities of the unconscious to the particular needs of each here/now. This is where the metaphor of the Gardens of Eden and Gethsemane comes full force into the steel and concrete world of each here/now. Whose interest do we serve with the choices we make in doing what is done? We have the option of doing whatever we please. What do we please? What do we seek? How good is the good we call good? The weal and woe that constitute life in the world through time reflect the appropriateness and the inappropriateness of conscious' choice for the application of unconscious' capabilities. There are those who choose wisely and well, and those who choose selfishly, greedily, ruthlessly. And, we all step into another moment in which we make the call, one after another, all our life long. Momentum is karma, and our tendency is to choose to do in each moment what we have chosen to do in all moments preceding this one. How free we are to choose in each moment is a reflection of how courageous we are, standing as we do between our Adam/Eve side and our Christ side, with the future in question and everything at stake.
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Powerful and powerless are separated by a breath!
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