MAKING A DECISION
DECIDING YOUR FATE
CHARTING YOUR JOURNEY
HEATHER TAYLOR-ZIMMERMAN, PhD
Finding Safe Passage through the Soul
Seeing thru the EYE of the
"Where there is no vision the people perish."
Learn to see the world symbolically to gain fresh insight and perspective.
“The archetypal images decide the fate of man.” C G JUNG
QUALITIES REQUIRED FOR THE JOURNEY —
Courage Commitment Compassion
When considering this path, you will need to consider the qualities required to make the journey. While this path moves through dark shadow material that provokes anxiety, depression and fear, it leads to a place of peace and hope through love.
Creation requires courage to confront our own darkness--the aspects of ourselves that we can't see or accept. When we embrace these aspects we redeem them, released from their power, we recover this power ourselves.
Recreating ourselves requires commitment. In this process we honor the soul and the images of the unconscious as a meaningful communication. In playing like a child creating art we may feel silly, but to go deep requires sustained commitment.
3. Compassion (leads to love)
On this journey you will gain compassion for yourself and others. This is a form of self and Self-love. Love is the heart of this practice which is an invitation to love ourselves and others more deeply--our whole selves.
Love is not a platitude but radical acceptance. It is the result of courage and commitment. It is the return to wholeness.
Courage to Commit to Love —
Q: Is this process hard?
A: This is deep healing work that teaches you to overcome your own darkness. It takes you into the heart but also the heart of the wound and this can be painful. Whether it is childhood trauma or the death of a loved one, the places you go are not vacations. They are like soul retreats, and they require some soul trust. In my experience, the soul handles hardship with a profound grace that transcends our capacity to imagine and understand--but it doesn't mean it is easy. It is like the soul is a midwife helping you to give birth to your potential. In childbirth, what matters is the life of the child and the mother. The soul cares that you live a life worth living. Similarly, in this process it is about giving birth to your creation and the life that is engendered by the process. The soul is life.
Q: What are the potential risks?
This process will not kill you-- in fact it will give you new life. It is a chance to rewrite your story or myth, to take the reins of your own adventure--or, more aptly, give them to your soul. In this undertaking you will be required to surrender at times to callings that you may not want to hear. In order to surrender, you will have to cultivate discrimination to distinguish between constructive and destructive callings. When something is constructive it doesn't mean that it is pleasant but that it is integrative and healing, creating greater ease. In contrast, when something is destructive it is disintegrative and wounding, resulting in disease. For further considerations, please note the Are Your Ready checklist and Jung's words: “I do not think that I underestimate the risk of this undertaking. It is as if one began to build a bridge out into space . . . Indulging in fantasies. Truth to tell, I have a very high opinion of fantasy. To me, it is actually the maternally creative side of the masculine spirit.”
Q:Does this process promote psychosis?
Jung wondered if he was "doing a psychosis" and neurologist Oliver Sachs described visions as hallucinations. So what is the relationship between visions and a psychosis? What is creative madness? As I offer in one of the videos, I had an oracular experience (hearing an inner voice) that informed me that someone I knew would experience a mental breakdown if they did not address childhood wounding. This communication attributed the breakdown to soul loss, because the personality was not willing to address the work that needed to be done to evolve or individuate. A few years later this person manifested signs of schizophrenia. While I cannot prove causation, this personal story exemplifies the difference between the creative therapy of this process which heals you and the destructive avoidance of therapy causing disease. The truth is that this visionary process prevents psychosis.
"The greatest risk is to do nothing."
Q:What do I need to consider in making my decision to walk this path?
A: First and foremost, the primary consideration is with your soul and your Self, but also check in with and honor your little self. Be compassionate of the part of you who is afraid to see into the dark and what might emerge from the depths. Honor the part of you who still feels childhood wounding. This is actually for them. You need real by in from the different parts of yourself (your wounded child and pragmatic adult) to follow your soul. Feel into your heart. Reach down into the earth and up to the heavens through your body. Let your soul in to speak to you and guide you. Make a commitment to and through the soul. Let your soul lead.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."
C G Jung
Q: What are the benefits and cost of this process?
A: As the saying goes, you get out what you put in. Jung said that this was meant to be a costly and precious book, and it is art that requires sacrifice—yet, sacrifice makes sacred (sacrare). The greatest cost will be the commitment of time and psychic (spiritual and emotional) energy it requires to follow the soul . . . yet, this is what gives the treasure beyond price. Feel into what the cost will be for you. This is meant to be a soul offering, and scholarships are available, but the reason you are paying is also to value this. This is invaluable work--not what I am offering--but what your soul is offering. I am merely helping to provide a container for the work.
Q: Is this religious—a new or old religion?
A: This is a teaching and a following of the soul, and Jung’s soul said that this was a new proclamation of a new religion. The religious instinct is essential, and to hold things as sacred is essential. Yet religions have caused a lot of harm. Part of what the Soul of Creativity is doing is helping you to connect directly to your soul and spirit (God, the Divine, Source, Nature . . . ). This is about your relationship to the soul and spirit. It is not a religion, but its revelation can be profoundly spiritual and serve in a similarly way as a path.
Q: Is this a school?
A: In many ways this is a school, and you will definitely learn from it. People like Jung and Einstein said that all of his theory came from the images and the creative imagination. From Hildegarde of Bingen to Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton to Frida Kahlo, great minds through the ages have received their ideas (idea meaning to see) through creative visions and expressed them in art. We need these ideas both individually and collectively to individuate and evolve. My soul told me that people had forgotten how to learn through art and this is an art school based on imaginal research and the embodied gnosis of the soul, this is a knowledge of the heart.
" All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconscious [world unconscious].”
C G Jung
Q: Is it magic?
A: Magi is the root of imagination and magic. Jung referred to this process as the “magical value” of art and the artist (Leonardo da Vinci in particular) as a “magician.” It is magic in the sense of the alignment of heaven and earth and the miracles that occur when we embody spirit in matter. It reminds me of teaching a group of kindergartners using aboriginal illustrations that had a glow around the figures, and all of the children spontaneously declared: "Is this magic?" The short answer is yes, but not in a typical way. It is not false but real. If magic scares you think of it as miraculous. The soul moves in the world in ways we cannot, that is what it is.
Q: Is this fantasy?
A: There is a modern disregard for fantasy as unreal, and yet it can be more real than real for those who have had visionary experiences and dreams. In the past, people were guided individually and collectively by visions and dreams as direct revelation, and this is the heart of the fantasy here. The “Creative Imagination,” is essential because “all the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.” Creative imagery is the soul's iconography or visual communication, our trick is how to understand it.
Q: How is this a compensatory path?
A: What is not accepted by society and ourselves is repressed into the unconscious. Art brings back these images so they can be processed and integrated, remembered and reclaimed. Because art compensates for the conscious worldview, it requires us to look into our darkness, both individually and collectively, to bring balance to the world.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
This Play is imperative.
This process is too serious to take seriously. Because of the deep nature of the work, it requires serious play.
"Play is the highest form of research." Einstein
Revelation versus Hallucination
1. Vision versus Hallucination Balancing Discrimination and Intuition
Jung was afraid of doing a schizophrenia in his visionary art by pursuing the soul’s imaginal path. This process can increase visions, taking on "an epic quality, becoming more elaborate and detailed, and appearing almost daily." Critically, Jung said that these visions were more valuable than dreams: “They [visions] are more than dreams because they represent the mixing and fusing of the conscious and the unconscious. This is the solution of the opposites."
2. Tension of Opposites Transcending Right and Wrong.
Jung said that “two forces are at war within him” when speaking of the artist, and he went on to describe this visionary process as the middle way through which the artist can find direction and “find the way” or their way. This way transcends right and wrong, good and evil. There is only one way and it is your way--a way that reconciles the tension of opposites.
“Judging is acting on a limited knowledge. Learn the art of observing without evaluating.” Pushpa Rana
3. Intuitive Insight Opening the Spiritual Eye
This is a path to awaken the intuition where the spiritual or inner eye synthesizes the left and right eye in a psychology of sight and insight. Referring to the spiritual eye as the “sixth and highest corporeal [embodied] center” and the “seat of mind,” Jung equated the third eye to “knowledge, understanding, and command” and described it as the union of masculine and feminine. The intuition is the primary function of the soul and Jung called this the intuitive method.
"It is not to be thought; it is to be viewed. It is a painting." Jung of his soul." C. G. Jung