Yesterday, it was a beautiful fall day here in Changzhou, China. Taking advantage of pleasant temperatures and the sunshine, I spent about five hours walking around the zoo in the southern part of the city, in the YanCheng area. I hope to use more photos from this excursion in the next while. I am looking forward to a return in order to capture other parts of the YanCheng area, especially the old water city area and the ruins that date Changzhou to more than 2,500 years.
But for this walk, I simply enjoyed nature and the colours of fall. This grass was especially captivating for me. I loved seeing the white feathery presence in contrast to the darker shades in the background. The image gives me a fairy-tale feeling, about a time and place that is just at the edge of my reality. It is scenes such as this that pull me into a readiness for seeing beyond the limits of my senses.
Today's post, and those that follow for the next while, will draw on thoughts, words and ideas from another James Hollis book called Mythologems: Incarnations of the Invisible World. As I have pointed out before, Hollis is one Jungian analyst and author that I have come to respect. That said, I want to turn to a few of his words in the introduction:
". . . myth carries from its origin, shrouded in mystery, and through a glass dimly, the intimation, respect, awe, frustration and longing for something larger, much larger. That numinosity (from the metaphor, "to nod," as something which bows toward us, acknowledges us, summons us) is our source, our home away from home, and our journey's end. (Hollis, Mythologems, 2004, p. 7)The numinous - this is what lets me know that I have entered the realm of the almost impossible, the land of myths and legends which are projections of the personal and collective unconscious, where archetypes take on faces and character. As I come to "nod" in awareness, to resonate with an "ah-ha," I have begun the process of making the unconscious, conscious. For me, the invisible begins to take shape allowing me to follow the inner stories and discover a fuller sense of who I am. For it is only here that I will ever be able to answer the ultimate question - Who am I?