MEMOIR LOGO CONCEPT: The aleph and a Sufi mystic inspired my creation and design of the syzygy logo, which I initially based on the symbolism of the yin and yang.



But the concept expanded when I first saw the aleph in Judith Cornell’s    
Mandala Healing Kit, My inexplicable attraction to it led me to incorporate it into my logo before I knew what it meant. 

I later read that the “Aleph (the first letter of the sacred Hebrew alphabet) embodies the primordial, divine potential of the universe. ... Aleph contains all the universe’s potential and all of its emptiness   simultaneously. Aleph represents a dynamic process of movement from unity to diversity and back to unity,” Jennifer Judelsohn, Songs of Creation.

And the  mystic poet Rumi inspired me to use the fire and water concept after I read The  Question.  Here is an excerpt:  

“The presence is there in front of me. A fire on the left, a lovely stream on the right.

One group walks toward the fire, into the fire. Another toward the sweet flowing water.

No one knows which are blessed and which are not.

Whoever walks into the fire appears suddenly in the stream. 

A head goes under water, and that head pokes out of the fire.”

LOGO ART: Cropped fire and water images from Free Images

LOTUS LOGO: In spiritual and religious literature, “the lotus is a symbol for the macrocosm and the microcosm, the universe and man. The lotus represents the divinity of the cosmos as well as the divinity of man. 





The lotus is the center of the infinite, omnipresent consciousness which connects with the consciousness of the universe. Through the intuition, one of man’s divine gifts, the spiritual student can see the infinite, omnipresent consciousness as the lotus flower within himself.” 

LOTUS ART: Courtesy 
Homestead, my website service provider. (Temporary art while I design of my own lotus logo.)


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THE MEMOIR
CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO SELF
THE JOURNEY

I would love tell you who I am in a nice, tidy little paragraph. But as much as I roll my eyes at the hackneyed phrase: “It’s complicated.” Yes, I know my name, although I am in flux about my alias. I am a female of a certain age. Of course I know how old I am, but I’d rather not say, not right now, not right up front, LOL. And it’s true I live in Tennessee as of this writing, but I can hear Virginia Beach calling me, not by any name. More like a dolphin calling its mate. I swear, I would tell you—if I only knew. But like most humans, I wear many faces. Find Waldo if you can.

Regardless, no matter how far or how wide I travel, my roots twist and turn in the depths of a ghetto on the West side of Syracuse (Let’s go, Orange!). Dumpster flies and rubber bands aside, I have wanted to be a writer since grade school (although I do thank my lucky stars for the advancements in electronic type because the big fat ‘D’ in penmanship really screwed up my report cards). That was printing. Cursive got worse. 

Words have been my best friends since spelling bees in elementary school, and I still salivate every time I walk into a library or smell the fresh ink hot off the press. I have always loved writing and reading and editing, and diagramming sentences and dissecting clauses, and juxtaposing and analyzing words. And I love a good metaphor and similes that are full of surprises. (Ahem, we won’t mention that every now and then I do get carried away with an analogy.) And if you really want to get a good laugh out of me, just dangle a participle. 

Throughout my 20s, I was loving life. My childhood scars seemingly healed, my parents and I had become best friends. My husband cherished me. He was my best friend of all. And we made a happy little family with both of our sons in a cozy little home of our own. 

Yes, life was puddle wonderful—until my husband and mother both lied in critical care on my 30th birthday (but that too is a story for another day). I knew for sure that prayer had saved my mother’s life, but why hadn’t it saved my husband’s life? His death knocked the born again Christian right out of me. 

I moved to Virginia Beach the next year and went back to college, mostly because in the previous three to four years, as I scribbled away my life, it had occurred to me that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and I especially didn’t know how to write it. 

I studied the masterpieces of English, American, and world literature, and marveled at the wit, the literary devices, the genius. Everything intrigued me, from Plato and Aristotle to Emerson and Thoreau, from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. And Herman Melville’s Moby Dick triggered an impossible number of thoughts for me to process in a short semester. I promised to go back and read it someday when I have more time. 

Meanwhile Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison’s Sula touched my heart, and Emily Dickinson’s poetry touched my soul. And, of course, I was star-struck by everything Shakespeare. 

But it was through my in-depth analysis of Walt Whitman’s poem Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking that I first saw the pattern—that I realized that all religions are one. The only difference was how various cultures interpreted the Great One—the devil was in the details. And that revelation was confirmed in my last semester of my senior year, when I took a philosophy class because I had maxed out on English credits. If only I had discovered Whitmont’s The Symbolic Quest and Jung’s Man and His Symbols in my freshman year, I lamented, I would have changed my major pronto. Stupid life. Even a shirt comes with a tag. 

But I didn’t have time to think about that. I had to write ten short fiction stories for two independent research projects—and get an A on both— in order to graduate summa cum laude, and the stories were clamoring to get out. Excitement built as my fingertips tapped the keyboard, and I began to experiment with all those literary devices I had learned in the previous three years, as I began to create the ultimate masterpieces. 

My professor passed me with an ‘A’ for each project, but I knew in my gut that my fiction fell flat on its face. Confounded, I shoved deep the fear that I had missed my calling, that I somehow misunderstood my destiny. Ten years later, I found myself writing puffery and designing marketing materials for a trade association and married to someone who kept missing the elevator in my dreams. 

And there were lots of other detours since then, like that job producing a daily newspaper for three years, and that job at a publishing company for five years editing college-level courses in literature, art, photography, music, science, history, math, philosophy, religion, psychology, economics, and business, not to mention all those stints in between at various companies, providing technical support for one company and payroll services for another, updating and maintaining websites and databases at various companies, and writing SOPs, RFPs, and mission statements, and—yikes! 

As I thought about all this wasted time, as I wrote it in my head while I was stirring the rice for dinner one late afternoon—a little character jumped out of my shadow and yelled, “Boo!”  

I thought I was destined to be a writer, but when I tried to write I realized I didn’t have the skills. So I went to college where I learned the skills, but then I learned I didn’t have the talent. But as I scanned my life through my rearview mirror, I realized that all those detours provided me with the exact tools I would need to create this website and to write my Truth.

I suddenly saw my blind spot: Writing in itself was not my destiny but rather the vehicle in the driveway that would make my journey possible. The 60 credit hours in literature required to graduate as an English major built a sturdy structure of bricks and mortar—but those three credit hours in philosophy established the cornerstone of my life. 

I finally understood after all these years that my destiny would be realized, not in the writing, that is, in the witty and ingenious usage of literary devices—but in the message it hopes to convey. ♂ ♀

I am the mask I wear, which strives to influence your opinion of me, that is, my persona, which also masks my true inner Self.  
I am the faults I find in others, that is, my shadow, which contains my repressed desires and fears. 
I am conscious of my shadow for the first time, right after screaming, “I am not a witch.”
I am what I think, feel, remember, and perceive, real or imagined, that is, my ego.
Who Am I? Uh, Barbara, uh, Gabrielle, uh, who?

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I am feminine( yin) energy: slow, soft, wet, and passive.
I am masculine (yang) energy: fast, hard, dry, and aggressive.  
I am at war with myself because what I think and say often contradict what I do. 
ADDRESSING THE “POLARIZNG” ISSUE OF GENDER  

The gender terms “masculine” and “feminine” are loaded with bias, passed down from a long and predominantly patriarchal era. Taking my cue from James DeKorne, who  compiled and compared several translations of the I Ching dating as far back as the ancient philosopher Confucius up to 20th century scholars, I am going to presume that as “enlightened moderns we perceive that sexually prejudiced attitudes are as illogical as having a ‘preference’ for one over the other pole in an electrical circuit.” 

In Chapter 1 of his work, The Gnostic Book of Changes, DeKorne emphasizes the importance of interpreting archaic texts symbolically rather than literally. “In order to evoke and emphasize an unbiased polarity in the lines of the hexagrams,” he said, “I have altered the original text to the extent of identifying each line as either ‘dynamic’ or ‘magnetic.’ This nomenclature is taken from the philosophy of Actualism, as developed by Russell Schofield and described by Ralph Metzner in his book Know Your Type: Maps of Identity (1979).” 

In my view, DeKorne’s conclusion to Chapter 1 of his work expands the concept of gender and catapults it from a personal, polarizing bias to an all-encompassing universal view in which neither polarity can exist without the other: “In a broader sense, the dynamic aspect of consciousness is functional and the magnetic is structural. Function moves through structure, and is given body or form by structure…. An unstructured dynamic expression is random and incoherent; a magnetic without dynamic function is an empty and powerless structure.”

For a more in-depth view of the masculine/feminine and dynamic/magnetic principles, as well as the anima/animus concept, see my web page on Jung’s theory of the structure of the psyche.  

I AM WHAT I AM
I am what I feel, think, remember, and perceive, that is, my ego—good or bad, right or wrong, true or false, real or imagined. I am the mask I wear, which strives to influence your opinion of me while hiding my true inner Self. I am the faults I find in others, that is my repressed desires and fears, what Jung coined the “shadow,” what I call my witch, who surfaces when I think I am under attack. I am of God, of Source energy, as the ember is of the fire, as the wave is of the ocean. And I am a vessel through which Source expands to know itself through my journey, that is, my mistakes, my revelations, my joys, my heartaches, and my loves.

Since first asking myself who I am in the preface of my memoir, I have learned from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer that when I say “I am,” I am invoking the name of God, who said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites that I Am sent you. This is my name forever.” 

I heard that to love who I am is the most important thing. From there, all my dreams will unfold, something Anita Moorjani said after her near death experience. She also said that “The kinder I am to myself, the more outward events will reflect that.” For the first time I am aware of how I am, that is, how kind or not kind I am to myself. Therefore, now when I question who I am, I remind     myself, in the squeaky gruff voice     of  my favorite childhood cartoon     character, “I yam what I yam!     Həkəkəkəkə!
“Jung himself did not see the purpose of life as being the victory of light over dark. Rather his own vision was one of wholeness, of all elements of the Self moving in a complicated dance, in and out of balance, in an endless, unfolding creative drama of growth.”