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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Jung envisions healing of the psyche as “an endless, creative drama of growth”  
I wrote the preface to this journey of Self-discovery as if it had a beginning, a middle, and an end, an end where light would triumph over darkness, and I would autograph it one day, and that would be that. But rummaging through the closet of my soul to develop this website, I recalled Carl Jung, and he rekindled in me the symbolic quest I had begun in 1990 in my senior year under the tutelage of the late Professor William A. Sturm. 

I realized that until I brought to consciousness, differentiated, and integrated the contents of my persona, my ego, and my shadow, that is, until I undertook the arduous task of individuation, I would remain a prisoner of my illusions. Thank you, Dr. Sturm, for your guidance, and thank you, Dr. Jung, for your amazing contributions to the study of the mind. Granted, Jung was old enough to be my great grandpa, but I may have developed a crush on him. (See Jung & Me, a Freudian field day for sure ; -)). Without their guidance, without that glimpse beneath my mask, I might have missed my dance with life, my potential for growth and integration to wholeness. With an unhealed soul, my journey would likely have begun anew on the same path of breadcrumbs and a witch, where I had lost my way in the preface to my life, and I would have missed the point, my purpose. 

I love how the Notable Names Database summed up Jung’s view: “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. Unlike Freud and many other early theorists, Jung saw this drama of development as continuing right up until the final years, perhaps even the final moments of one’s life. ... Therefore, life did not merely end in death: It came to a point of completion, before crossing over into another experience of expression and development via the death and release of the physical body. Carl Jung himself completed his life on 6 June 1961 after a number of dreams portending a transition to a tower bathed in light on the other ‘side of the lake.’” ♂ ♀ 
Jung on Dreams, 
Two Souls Passing
The following special pages featuring Jung provide my own little summarizing twist about Jung and his life and his work and how our paths crossed from one life to another.

Jung on Dreams is probably my favorite web page (on this site), which compares Jungian and Freudian approaches to dream analysis, shares an interesting behind-the-scenes editorial on how a dream prompted Jung to introduce his new psychology to the masses, and shows how Jung influenced the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. (For more about the AA, see the process of individuation page.)  

Two Souls Passing is probably my second most favorite page (on this site), which compares Jung’s intuitive ideas to mine, but make no mistake, the similarities stop there, for it would be easier to square a circle than find in my work anything that remotely compares to Jung’s great and voluminous accomplishments.  

(Not that I mean to belittle myself or exaggerate a humility, for I am following my own destiny in the writing of my memoir and this website and am pleased with my own efforts, for it seems this is the little piece of the pie I carved out for myself for this lifetime.) ♂ ♀
Reading Jung reminds me of my purpose in life
Jung was born 80 years before me, which makes me the age of his great-grandchildren. Oh, if I could have only gotten my hands on his hat! But unfortunately he did not pass down his genes or his genius to me (although I think I might have gotten his bangs).

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