December 07-A, 2022

Mane Cascade 09/26/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Grafton Notch and Screw Auger Falls, Near Bethel, Maine
Partnering with our unconscious mind
is largely a matter of 
making ourselves available to it
in a routine and regular way,
simply by being aware of the presence
of "the other" within.

Carl Jung referred to the unconscious
as "The ten million year old person within."

That "person" is not primarily verbal
but communicates via images,
as in dreams at night,
and through metaphors and symbols.

That "person" is also not primarily
logical, rational, analytical,
but is sentient, intuitive, instinctive,
musical, rhythmic, artistic, poetic,
feeling based and oriented.

And is attracted to natural settings
and objects--water, rocks, feathers,
butterflies, etc.

You might take up the practice
of taking your two million year old person
on walks through nature,
feeling/sensing her/his presence
and channeling his/her emotional response
to the sights and sounds of your environment,
tuning in, turning on, and being with 
your inner other
and learning how to commune with,
and understand this side of ourselves,
and lay the groundwork for a viable partnership
for finding our way to--and along--the way 
that is ours to walk together.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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