IS ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL than nature's own creations?
These old pieces of wood intrigue me. I can't stop placing one rough
beach piece on another to explore new textures and shapes!
Then I spent hours carefully and happily selecting my favorites from a
big bucket of stones collected months ago.
Here they are - each with a story - maybe coming from sands tumbled
together in ancient Greece or Persia? Washing up finally on these
Pacific shores in these gorgeous shapes and colors!
Dr. Marie Louise von Franz, colleague of psychiatrist Carl Jung, wrote of STONES being objects of magic and divinity - each unique and holding a mysterious life force - a symbol of the simple, yet profound experience of the eternal and immutable.
Thanks dear friends for the piles of FEEDBACK on yesterdays blog . . . about the vast subject of RELATIONSHIPS.
One of my favorite responses is from Jungian Analyst Dr. Suzy Green:
"...the first relationship begins with OURSELF. How are we DEEPLY LOVING ourselves - so that we can love another?"
Absolutely true, Suzy! I agree that we have to accept and even love our own flawed humaness before we can truly accept and love someone else. But it's so hard to love ourselves, if, down-deep, we sense that we are basically BAD, UNLOVEABLE, GUILTY, etc.
For me, it's been a gift of Grace that I can, at last, feel tenderness and compassion for the little girl who lost her innocence too soon, and didn't believe for decades that she was loved. And now I can finally love the woman she became.
RELATIONSHIPS are really a mystery - A GREAT UNKNOWING! Who of us can fully understand the tidal feelings of love between mother and child, between siblings, dear friends, lovers?
Looking back I now value each of my close relationships - each played a role in my development: nurturing, breaking, mending, strengthening, growing, deflating, healing, empowering, etc.
Sometimes, thankfully, we find ourselves in relationships that have MEANING . . . that feel like HOME and offer both safety and challenge . . .
That challenge presents the perennial conundrum of finding BALANCE.
Too much safety can be boring, while too much challenge is stressful.
Those meaningful relationships are DEEP, even DANGEROUS. There is so much to gain and so much to lose. But you take that leap of faith -
for your own soul's sake.
Then begins the complex task of ALLOWING THE RELATIONSHIP TO EXPAND YOU, TEACH YOU AND ENRICH YOUR LIFE