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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I’m not a Snooki or a Honey Boo Boo or a Kardashian, and I cannot dance or sing or play an instrument, but I admire all these so-called reality TV stars because they are living their authentic lives, or they have scammed us all, because I suspect that’s why we can’t take our eyes off of them, and especially their train wrecks.
These are just a few of the shows that helped kick off hundreds and hundreds of reality TV shows that have attracted hundreds of millions of viewers every year. Nonetheless, the attraction to reality TV baffled me. (Even though I regularly view many of them.)
But then in January 2013, I read When Memory Speaks, by Jill Ker Conway, who wrote in 1998 that the autobiography had become the most popular form of fiction (yes, I said fiction) among
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modern readers, partly because by the turn of the 20th century, a new quest for authenticity [had] emerged, partly because people were sated with the devices for suspense developed by the serial writer, and partly because the genre allows us to suspend disbelief as we try on the experience of another.
Who knew how the genre of autobiography would evolve in the 21st century, into a whole new genre of reality TV. Suddenly, I wasn’t concerned about finding a publisher for my memoir, a memoir written by a non-celeb with no credentials. I decided to create a reality website, where I can share my process of individuation in real time.
I hope by documenting my experiences that you will be inspired to begin an endeavor of your own toward conscious awareness—toward your authenticity—to find that something that you once knew, to mend your fragmented soul, to integrate the polar aspects of your psyche, to become whole, to find your joy, to experience anew your divine Nature. I also hope that by introducing Carl Jung
and his life’s work, that Jungian psychology will one day be practiced in the mainstream, which will not only help us to heal on an individual level, but contribute to the health of the collective psyche of humankind.
But we want to proceed with caution because growing, becoming aware, becoming conscious, has its share of pain and struggle. This endeavor is not about eliminating our dark side or striving for perfection, but about lifting the mask of our persona and integrating what is unconscious with what is conscious to becoming an integrated whole.
As you will see, some days as the life I live develops in a dark room of its own making, I cringe at the sight of me. Other days, I marvel. It’s both work and play. It is digging and burying, finding and losing, hurting and healing, loving and hating. It is dying and being reborn.
And should you begin a similar adventure, I would love to hear about it. As Conway said, the magical opportunity of entering another life is what really sets us thinking about our own. ♂ ♀