The Journey to Self through SoulCollage®

The Ego, Jung tells us, is that part of the pyche that we think of as 'I'. Our conscious intelligence. Our everyday brain that thinks, plans and runs the show of our day-to-day life. The Self, as Jung defined it, is a greater entity, which includes the Ego but also incorporates the Personal and Collective Unconscious. Dreams and intuitions come from the Self. The archetypes of the unconscious dwell there. It is, Jung believed, the sphere of the Soul ~~Steven Pressfield. 'The War of Art'

"I would love to live like a river flows,
 carried by the surprise
 of its own unfolding".

 ~ ~John O'Donohue

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Home again!

Hello and Happy New Year to all! I hope you've had a very special festive season. I've just arrived home after my wonderful four-month trip to Vancouver, Canada; New Mexico and New York, USA; and Berlin, Germany, and now trying to deal with jetlag, combined with the awful heatwave affecting Australia at the moment (up to 49+ degrees C in some parts).  My thoughts are with those who've been affected by the bushfires which are covering much of eastern Australia. I didn't manage to post anything here while I was away as it was a very busy family time but hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.  

VICTORIA, British Columbia, CANADA. Sept. 2012

Accompanying text: 
This mask, carved from red cedar, represents Raven on the outside. Bak’was, the wild man of the woods, appears within. The transformation mask is one of the most dramatic carvings of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. It depicts the inner and outer being. The dancer emerges from behind a dance screen with the mask in the closed position. As the dance proceeds, the dancer whirls about and the mask snaps open to reveal the inner being. 

Artist: Stan Warniss is from Gwa’yee, Kingcome Inlet (Tsawataineuk peoples on the central coast of British Columbia). Stan states that, “Raven knows Bak’was the best because he sees him all the time in the forest.”

               SANTA FE (also ALBUQUERQUE), New Mexico, USA.
                                       Sept/Oct/Nov 2012 

Shop window display featuring one of the iconic motifs from the area (animal skull) covered with turquoise gemstones.


Sunday artist in Central Park

BERLIN, GERMANY. Nov/Dec 2012/Jan 2013

WeinachtsMarkt (Christmas market) at Gendarmenmarkt, with the Konzerthaus in the background. On opposite ends of this historic square are the lovely Deutscher Dom (German cathedral, now a German history museum) and Franzรถsischer Dom (French cathedral - although not actually a cathedral, a church - built by the Huguenots). The square dates from the 17th century and was almost totally destroyed at the end of WW2, but has been beautifully restored since German reunification in the early 1990s. The Christmas market is on the square bordered on 3 sides by these lovely buildings.

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