Archive for December, 2010
“Only when I began to paint the mandalas did I see that all the paths I took, all the steps I made, all led back to the one point, that is, to the centre. The mandala became the expression of all paths.” C.G. Jung
From 1913 to 1930 Jung undertook his now almost mythological “confrontation with the unconscious” as recorded in the recently released Red Book. He said of this period:
“The years”¦when I pursued the inner images were the most important of my life. Everything else derived from this”¦ Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.”
Much of the information that was given to Jung at this time came to him as mandala. For example, during World War I, in a concentrated period in 1915, he drew 27 mandalas with pencil, one a day. He said:
“Only now did I gradually come to realize what the mandala really is: ”˜Formation, transformation, the eternal mind’s eternal recreation.’ And that is the self, the wholeness of the personality, which when everything is well, is harmonious, but which can bear no self-deception. My mandala images were cryptograms on the state of my self, which were delivered to me each day.”
The quote “Formation, transformation, the eternal mind’s eternal recreation,” is from Goethe’s Faust. This is mandala, this is the nature of the self, and this describes perfectly the process of the Blueprint. The information the Blueprint contains gives rise to life: formation. As we connect with it through the Points we bring in the information needed at that moment to bring balance, order, harmony and flow to the unique individual we are working with: transformation. As Jung said of mandala, the Blueprint is like a cryptogram on the state of the self, delivered every time we connect with it.
Jung described mandala as “…an archetype, which is inherent in the collective unconscious and thus beyond individual birth and death. The archetype is, so to speak, an ”˜eternal presence.’ ” According to Jung, archetypes arise from the prima materia of the collective unconscious. This is the prime matter, the ground of being. In SourcePoint this resonates with what we call the Mandala Realm. The Blueprint arises in this dimension of consciousness (or what Jung would call the collective unconscious). In his studies of the mandala geometric designs that arise from the collective unconscious, Jung came to the conclusion that these mandalas express the Anthropos, or “complete human.”
From Jung’s perspective, then, we could say that the Blueprint is the archetypal mandala that contains the specific information of the complete human. It is a basic premise of the Jungian approach that the archetypes of the collective unconscious contain vast healing power and specific information for us as individuals. SourcePoint can be seen as another way of tapping that resource.
In the coming weeks we’ll explore further the nature and power of the archetype, its significance for us in SourcePoint, and how Jung can help us understand what is meant when we speak of the Mandala Realm. Next week, we’ll look at the power of what Jung calls “the quaternity,” the recurring theme of the four-rayed mandala. Of course, I think immediately of the Diamond Points.
For now I leave you with a slightly gender-adjusted quote from Jung’s Red Book, a little gift for the upcoming Solstice (which, if you aren’t already aware of this, is also a full moon and lunar eclipse. A power point”¦)
Those who comprehend the darkness in themselves, to them the light is near.
(Sources for this post include The Red Book, C.G. Jung; The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead, Stephan A. Hoeller; The Portable Jung, edited by Joseph Campbell)
©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei
There is always discussion among practitioners about the meaning of the word “Blueprint” in SourcePoint Therapy. Recently I was involved in helping to find the right word for Blueprint in Portuguese, as Bob and Ray will be teaching in Brazil in June. The literal translation was “photograph of a house” and that obviously wasn’t going to work. We settled on “matrix.” The dictionary defines matrix as “a situation, substance, object, in which something is contained, originates, or develops.” So, that works, especially if we expand it to “the matrix of health for human body.” I have always found that finding the right word in another language is a fascinating and this experience led me to reflect again on the nature of the Blueprint, and the ongoing process of trying to explain it in words. There is a specificity to the term that other names don’t fully convey.
The energetic Blueprint of human health that we connect with through SourcePoint Therapy contains information. That is its defining characteristic. We work not only with energy flow but with the specific information of health for the human body that exists at a subtle energetic level. SourcePoint is energy-information work.
“Matrix,” for example, is a term that actually relates more closely to what we call Source. Yes, Source is indeed the source of all information; all possibility is contained in this universal energy field. However, the Blueprint is that point where the information of Source begins to manifest into specific subtle energetic form. The information of health for the human body that is contained in Source coalesces into the Blueprint. The energy flow begins to fixate into form according to the information it carries. The most frequent confusion among practitioners relating to the word “Blueprint” is that it implies something fixed, and the Blueprint as we speak of it in SourcePoint Therapy isn’t fixed. It’s a field of specific energy-information, a flow; it interacts and responds, communicates and transforms. And yet, emergence into form requires a certain degree of fixation.
As the information of Source coalesces into subtle energetic form, it manifests as vibration, pattern and symbol.This is the language, the “word” that gives rise to form. The term “archetype” therefore also touches on what we mean by the Blueprint: a universal symbol, a pattern that emerges from the vast sea of consciousness Jung called the collective “unconscious.” We could speak of the archetype of health.
However, we continue to choose the word “Blueprint” because, in English anyway, it is the word that most closely pinpoints the function of the information we are connecting with. It is tangible. It is information that is as available as unrolling a set of plans for a house. A blueprint gives the builder specific information of proportion and structure, just as the Blueprint we speak of in SourcePoint communicates the information necessary for the development of the human embryo and continues to communicate the information to sustain health directly to the human body. The term implies something you can take hold of and work with. And that is what SourcePoint is about. It is about making the esoteric tangible, practical and accessible, bringing an awareness of this dimension of energy, vibration, pattern and information into people’s everyday reality, for their benefit.
Switching analogies, in this vast sea of consciousness we dwell in, a lifesaving ring can be pretty useful at times. Recently someone recounted to us their experience of meditating with the Diamond Points when she was passing through a health crisis. She shared that she could feel the Blueprint as a grid, as a palpable presence, and her words were, “It gave me something to hold on to.” Sometimes people need that to support them in their healing process. It’s hard to hold on to Source. The Blueprint is an intermediary.
A word or name or label is an entry point into experience. Reflect on this word, in light of your experience with SourcePoint, and see what comes up.
©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei
Join us in the coming weeks for further discussion of the Blueprint and the Mandala Realm.
The Blueprint can be understood as an archetype, a universal symbol, a pattern in the collective unconscious that holds the specific information of health for the human body. The archetype is the original model. Specific archeytpes contain specific information. The Blueprint could be said to be the archetype of the original human, the perfect, precise pattern of order, balance, harmony and flow required for our uniquely human lives to arise.
For more on archetypes, symbols, and alchemy, see here.