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Jung, Mandala, and SourcePoint

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From TheRed Book by C.G. Jung

“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

Dots, Lines, and the Mandala Realm

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I said I’d talk next about intention. I am not so good at sticking to announced agendas. I promise I will spiral back within the week to talk about it more fully. However, any talk about intention in SourcePoint Therapy needs to be grounded in experience of and connection with the blueprint. That information of order, balance, harmony and flow is, in its nature, focused and intent. In SourcePoint our intention is to connect with the intention that is already there! Maybe deep intention isn’t a creation of our human minds, maybe it’s alignment with the intention of the energy-information field we are connecting with through the source point. So let’s immerse ourselves a little longer in that field.

Take a look at the video we’ve posted. It’s all about how form evolves from dots and lines, and how the blueprint we talk about is not a fixed, static pattern, but one that is constantly re-forming itself from its elemental structures of dot, line, and wave, to name a few. The video is a visual metaphor for the dance of pattern/information we call the blueprint. It’s a basic premise of SourcePoint Therapy that form emerges from these energetic patterns. Sometimes this can sound abstract and impersonal. It isn’t. Those dots and lines, ribbons and waves, shapes and sounds, geometric patterns, are pulsing, living, vibrant realities. When Bob and I talk about this dimension, it’s not just words to me. I see it, feel it and dwell in it for a time. It’s as real as you, me, or the chair I’m sitting on. It is you, me and the chair I’m sitting on! We’re a part of it; it’s a part of us.

As we talk about the blueprint we enter the field of that healing energy, light and information. The more time you spend with the blueprint, feeling it, imagining it, discussing it with others, exploring the concept, playing with pattern and mandala, the more that connection to the blueprint gets established for you, and the more established it becomes, the more you feel its support. It reminds me of Indra’s Net, a metaphor used in the eastern traditions to describe the nature of consciousness and the universe. Imagine a net extending in every direction, with a mirror at every corner of the net. Every one of those mirrors at every corner is connected to and reflecting to every other mirror.

I like to think of the field of energetic pattern that contains the blueprint as the “Mandala Realm.” The root meaning of the Sanskrit word mandala is “containing the essence.” Mandalas have been used in virtually every culture for healing and meditation, ceremony and ritual. What if mandalas are not creations of the human mind, but rather reflections in the human consciousness of patterns that exist in what physicist Ervin Laszlo calls the Akashic Field?

Ceremony and ritual utilizing mandalas have traditionally been performed to maintain and restore balance, order, harmony and flow in this plane of existence by connecting to the order, balance, harmony and flow of the greater cosmos. At this juncture in human history when traditional religious and cultural forms are changing it’s important to find new ways to connect to that information of balance, order, harmony and flow. We need a deeper connection to and understanding of the blueprint and the larger field we are calling the Mandala Realm. Like Laszlo says, we have to apprehend our “informed universe” with our hearts as well as our brains and, I would add, our imaginations as well as our intellects.

(The book referenced here, which we refer to often, is “Science and the Akashic Field” by Ervin Laszlo)

©2009 Bob Schrei and Donna Thomson