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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especially considering the bits of information she found often contradicted each other. 

For example, that spring, her youngest brother surprised her with her kindergarten report card, which he had found when he was sorting through the remnants of their parents’ lives. 

She was excited to see what succulent little morsels would raise her to new heights, for she seemed to recall being atop a tall pedestal back then, before they found out she was evil. But after reading her report card, she had to scratch her head.

Ever since she could remember, her  parents constantly criticized her for making up stories, had called her a liar. But according to Miss Dollard, her kindergarten teacher, her weakest developmental skill—out of Work Habits, Personal Development, Social Development, Number Development, and Language Development—her weakest skill—and ironically the only weakness that Miss Dollard chose to point out—was her ability to make up stories. She just wasn’t good at it!

And contradicting her perception of an entire year of her young life begging to go to school, her mother wrote on the back of her report card, “I can’t seem to catch Gabrielle’s interest in learning. Can you suggest anything?” And in direct contradiction to that comment, Miss Dollard wrote, “Gabrielle is a very likable little girl. She is interested in school and does well.” It was as if we were all living in different alternate universes! 

Well, after muddling through the best that I could through many of these types of scenarios, I can finally say that I have found my Self. I have found my way back home. Happiness has extinguished the anger that has always haunted me. Love and gratitude fill my heart and soul. At last, I have tricked the wicked witch into climbing into the oven and have slammed shut the oven door. I am healed! 

Ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. 

©1955—“2015 Syzygy: Crossing the Bridge to Self. All Rights Reserved.

THE MEMOIR . . . truth or fiction?
I must admit that in the early years of writing my memoir, I thought that by the time I finished it I would be cured, and I would be some kind of guru who had all the answers. 
 But now I see it is a lifelong process, and there are setbacks and distractions and complications. 

The memoir draws to a close at the end of 2001, but it took another 14 years to re-member, to re-create, and to analyze the events of the previous 40 years. But upon completion, it was as if the pebble that was lodged in tire treads long ago popped out and rolled to freedom. 

Common motifs in the memoir, such as “creating your own reality” and “healing” and “journey” and “God” were metaphoric and abstract. But upon completion, these motifs came alive with new meaning. The concept of “creating your own reality” is quite literally true on more levels than I could have ever imagined. The concept of “healing” has evolved to “integrating.” The concept of “journey” is metaphoric. We don’t really “go” anywhere, although this is how our brains will likely interpret our experience as we orbit this spiral we call “Self” from one frequency or vibration to another. And “God” has evolved from a static story in a child’s catechism—an entity that doles out reward and punishment—to encompass all energy, which some may call the “Universe” or “Source” or the “higher Self” or “divine Nature.”

But these evolutions do not void the validity of the initial experiences and perceptions. To the contrary, writing the memoir was just as valuable during the process as it is in hindsight. Now when something pisses me off or hurts me, I don’t have to ask why I’m reacting in this way or that way. With my memoir at my fingertips, I can readily evaluate my feelings and validate them. It has been an invaluable tool in the exploration of my divine Nature. 

But once the memoir was finished, divine Nature introduced me to a whole new set of Jungian tools to assist my progress in my lifelong process of individuation. Let’s go it together. ♂ ♀
The narrative of this memoir is brought to life through the lenses of hundreds of different dreams, fairy tales, myths, news clips, fiction, scripture, songs, and poems, including quotes from numerous scholarly journals, spiritual works, and psychology textbooks. 
With about 300 links to more than 100 sources and Internet resources, including dozens of YouTube videos, the Syzygy memoir doesn’t just tell you a story, it invites you to live it.

Latin: Conjunction
Greek: Yoked together

Yin and Yang and Shiva and Shakti are just two embodiments that represent sacred duos, the Divine inner marriage—or the syzygy—of the masculine and feminine.