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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #39: Archetype - Consciousness=Change As A Constant Delivering The Message

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine  #39: Archetype - Consciousness = Change As A Constant Delivering The Message

 

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ARCHETYPE - CONSCIOUSNESS = CHANGE AS A CONSTANT DELIVERING THE MESSAGE

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This is the 39th in our articles series and I hope this information is helpful.

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    The Argo approaching the Symplegades, the crushing rocks, on the way to Colchis, at The End Of The World, where lies The Golden Fleece.

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"Every archetype is capable of endless development and differentiation. It is therefore possible for it to be more developed or less. In an outward form of religion where all the emphasis is on the outward figure (hence where we are dealing with a more or less complete projection), the archetype is identical with externalized ideas but remains unconscious as a psychic factor. When an unconscious content is replaced by a projected image to that extent, it is cut off from all participation in an influence on the conscious mind. Hence it largely forfeits its' own life, because prevented from exerting the formative influence on consciousness natural to it, what is more, it remains in its' original form - unchanged, for NOTHING CHANGES IN THE UNCONSCIOUS."  -- Carl Jung

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Once the Golden Fleece is in hand, a way must be found to integrate its' gift into the culture. Some way must be found to introduce it into the culture, so the culture can use it to heal itself.  The ancient stories of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece also tell us our fate should we fail to integrate what we've brought back from this voyage: Jason and Media's story spell out the consequences. That's the last place we find this information because our current culture stops the story at a "happy ending" point where the hero gets the boon. Our culture, so threatened by change, has said to hell with what it takes to bring back any boon not originated by the culture, and it will do everything in its' power to keep out any "integration".  You cannot look to this culture to tell you what the Hero needs to do to bring back the boon, or what to do with it once it is back. The store of Jason and Medea does however explicitly tell you what happens should you not figure all this out for yourself. 

 I have detailed this process in #32, The Myth Of The Hero Myth, found here:
https://suityourself.international/appanage/index.php?_a=newsletter&newsletter_id=80

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The Kaballah golden tree of life may have been, in the first instance, a fruit-bearing genealogical tree, and hence a kind of tribal mother. ~Carl Jung.

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Here, it will suffice to reiterate that when you do get back, there are only three possible reactions the world can have to your prize. I call them "coming, going, enduring".  The first possibility is that you're completely ignored. There's no reception at all; no one cares about this great thing you've brought back that you know they need, and they just ignore you. Are you going to give up at this point, and say to hell with them? The second possibility is to go commercial; give society what it wants instead of what you have that you know it needs. In a commercial world, this is the option most frequently taken.  That dialogue goes something like this: "Now that I have this hard won awareness and skill, I can sell out, just for a little while. I can give them what they're asking for,  and then, when I've made enough money, I'll just quit and do my own thing."   Unfortunately, inevitably, and of course, this never happens, because you've created a whole pitch for your expression that doesn't allow you to include the boon of awareness that you brought back, and so it gets lost. You're not giving them anything new; they're only getting what they want. But you've established an income for yourself. Is that comforting? 

 

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        BlahBlahBlah commercialism pays!

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Both of these options are refusals of the return. This is the "T" intersection. You can get stuck here for life and all your efforts on your journey will have been for naught. The "T" intersection exemplifies nature's inherent polarity, and this allows us to describe physical phenomenon from more than one perspective.  As any lifetime appointed judge will tell you, reality lies where the grids from different points of view overlap. And vice versa, as fans of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can tell you, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Finding different viewpoints, and discovering the links between them, often requires a powerful arc from an enormous flash of insight.  Physics refers to the result of this process as an "emergent property"; when individual approaches are coordinated, something beyond the individual approaches emerges that is common to the structure of them both.

"Structure" is what is meant by the phase "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts". Polarity - dichotomy - duality need not be a dilemma;  it is an inherent part of the archetypal dynamic triad of point, line, circle, the dynamic-triad-of-energy-states-as-process.  

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     LIGO-Virgo GW170814 Skymap. Illustration Credit: LIGO- Virgo Collaboration - Optical Sky Data: A. Mellinger
Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
"Explanation: From around planet Earth three gravitational wave detectors have now reported a joint detection of ripples in spacetime, the fourth announced detection of a binary black hole merger in the distant Universe. The event was recorded on 2017 August 14, and so christened GW170814, by the LIGO observatory sites in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, and the more recently operational Virgo Observatory near Pisa, Italy. The signal was emitted in the final moments of the coalescence of two black holes of 31 and 25 solar masses located about 1.8 billion light-years away. But comparing the timing of the gravitational wave detections at all three sites allowed astronomers to vastly improve the location of the signal's origin on the sky. Just above the Magellanic clouds and generally toward the constellation Eridanus, the only sky region consistent with signals in all three detectors is indicated by the yellow contour line in this all-sky map. The all-sky projection includes the arc of our Milky Way Galaxy. An improved three-detector location of the gravitational wave source allowed rapid follow-up observations by other, more conventional, electromagnetic wave observatories that can search for potentially related signals. The addition of the Virgo detector also allowed the gravitational wave polarization to be measured, a property that further confirms predictions of Einstein's general relativity."

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The third possibility, enduring, is a compromise. You must persist, and try to find some means, some vocabulary, some way, that enables you to deliver to the culture even one small part of what you've found to be the life boon, and to do this in terms, and in proportions, that are proper to their ability to receive. There is always some way to do this. Really.   It will require a great deal of skill, compassion, patience, and time.  But if you persevere, if you keep at it, and if you can make just one little hook into the culture, you will presently be able to deliver your message. Some hook, just one little one, will eventually present itself, you will be watching and waiting and fully prepared for it,  and you will be able to take advantage of it to open up the way.

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        Sisyphus, rolling the bolder eternally uphill. Emile Reynaud Bande de Praxinoscope  - Phénakistiscope Phenakistascope Praxinoscope Zoetrope.

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One way Archetypes can manifest is through a culture's myths. Joseph Campbell, a scholar and master of mythology, devoted his life's work to tracing these archetypal manifestations through time and our world history. To change, something must be projected -- so that it can be made conscious, and being conscious of it projects it back, so that it can change.

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  "When an inner situation is not made conscious it appears outside of you as fate."  - Carl Jung

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Change is a dynamic three-state process of energy flow: from inner to outer, outer embodied as reflection reflecting back, causing an inner reinterpretation, causing inner to outer - thus a cycle which then repeats. 

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    "Whatever is rejected in the self appears in the world as an event." Carl Jung

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This is why measuring affects experiment results; measuring changes the flow of the energy being measured.  

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        Animation, "Miss Marple à Paris".

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Conscious interaction is an aspect of the differentiation process between bosons and fermions (energy configured with charge as "force" and "matter").

 

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Birefringence; reversible and irreversible process animation. A measurement which finds the photon in a specific state n is thermodynamically irreversible, whereas the deterministic evolution described by Schrödinger's equation is reversible.

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Consciousness is the "third factor",  analogous to the Golden Fleece.   And there is a continuum to this dynamic three-state process of energy flow, this process spectrum, from totally unconscious unrecognized to less or more complete projection, the extremes of which are as two opposite polarities; these two polarities / polar forms of manifestation are inversely proportional to each other, each manifests or recedes in direct proportion to the other manifesting or receding, and thus, the extreme points lying at each end of this continuum spectrum are unstable.  
This flow along this continuum is frequently referred to in physics as "carrying a margin of uncertainty".

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        Archetypes animation, using images from the Red Book of Carl Jung.

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The "balance" between the unstable extremes is the "center", "point", "origin", the "zero", what Carl Jung refers to in an individual person as "wholeness" attained through "individuation", balancing the one radii movement two diameters of the circle. Apparently, the psyche is subject to the same laws of physics as physical systems.

"The 'squaring of the circle' is one of the many archetypal motifs which form the basic patterns of our dreams and fantasies.  But it is distinguished by the fact that it is one of the most important of them from the functional point of view . Indeed , it could even be called the archetype of wholeness." - Carl Jung

 

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       The squaring of the circle - Carl Jung

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Recursive structure in art, architecture, and mathematics exemplifies this  "balance" between unstable extremes, the "center", "point", "origin", the "zero", what Carl Jung refers to as "wholeness" attained through "individuation".

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        Cistercian triangle poblet; stone arches and long hallway.

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David Gelernter, a computer scientist at Yale, has this to say:
"A structure is recursive if the shape of the whole recurs in the shape of the parts: for example, a circle formed of welded links that are circles themselves. Each circular link might itself be made of smaller circles, and in principle you could have an unbounded nest of circles made of circles made of circles...The re-use of one basic shape on several scales is fundamental to medieval architecture. (The mathematician) Benoit Mandelbrot famously recognized that some parts of nature show recursive structure of a sort: a typical coastline shows the same shape or pattern whether you look from six inches or sixty feet or six miles away."

David Gelernter, Computer Scientist,Yale University, Chief Scientist, Mirror Worlds Technologies; excerpt from "Recursive Structure"
2011 www.edge.org
https://www.edge.org/responses/what-scientific-concept-would-improve-everybodys-cognitive-toolkit

 

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        Place Saint-Marc, gravure, Venise. An animated antique color engraving of the Plaza St. Marc, in Venice, Italy.

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Carl Jung points out that "critical states" exist for archetypal energy. The psyche, subject to the same physical laws as physical systems, apparently works the same way other physical systems do; consciousness, or the lack of it, is quite capable of putting itself into a "critical state", as an individual, society, or culture.  

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"I have frequently seen people who become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success or money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when the have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. if they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears." - Carl Gustav Jung 

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Physical systems at either extreme of this continuum are not balanced; they're unstable, in what is referred to in physics as a "critical state'. The lack of balance at these points is so precarious that, as the staying goes, "the last straw breaks the camels back"; physics calls this moment a "phase transition". A"system" is in a critical state that is "ripe" for a phase transition whenever this balance is most precarious, because something has accumulated just to the edge of a breaking point. 

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        Animation showing two enantiomer triangular prisms dispersing light waves.

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Cesar Hidalgo has this to say about criticality:
"In physics we say a system is in a critical state when it is ripe for a phase transition. Consider water turning into ice, or a cloud that is pregnant with rain. Both of these are examples of physical systems in a critical state. The dynamics of criticality, however, are not very intuitive. Consider the abruptness of freezing water. For an outside observer, there is no difference between cold water and water that is just about to freeze. This is because water that is just about to freeze is still liquid. Yet, microscopically, cold water and water that is about to freeze are not the same. When close to freezing, water is populated by gazillions of tiny ice crystals, crystals that are so small that water remains liquid. But this is water in a critical state, a state in which any additional freezing will result in these crystals touching each other, generating the solid mesh we know as ice. Yet, the ice crystals that formed during the transition are infinitesimal. They are just the last straw. So, freezing cannot be considered the result of these last crystals. They only represent the instability needed to trigger the transition; the real cause of the transition is the criticality of the state."

Cesar Hidalgo, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab; excerpt from "Criticality"
2017 www.edge.org,  
https:-//www.edge.org/responses/what-scientific-term-or%C2%A0concept-ought-to-be-more-widely-known

 

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        "The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown." - Carl Jung

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Dr. J. Calvert has this to say:
"Elements, in fact, are all pretty much alike. Their atoms consist of a heavy, positively-charged nucleus held together by strong nuclear forces, that holds an equal charge of light, mobile electrons tightly around it, so the whole is electrically neutral and does not exert strong forces on other atoms. Neutral atoms are all roughly the same size, from hydrogen with one proton and one electron, to uranium with 92 protons and an equal number of electrons. Neon (Z = 10) is 0.320 nm in diameter, xenon (Z = 54) is 0.436 nm. Magnesium (Z = 12) is 0.320 nm in diameter, mercury (Z = 80) is 0.300 nm. Individually, they have no macroscopic properties, certainly not those of ponderable quantities of the elements. Atoms are only the building bricks out of which substances are constructed.
When these generic atoms come together, it is often possible to rearrange the electrons, and always the outermost, least tightly held, ones so that the resulting electrostatic energy is less than that of the two separate atoms. How the atoms behave chemically is determined by the possibilities for the redistribution of charge. A little energy is required to extract an electron from a sodium atom, a little recovered when the electron sticks to a chlorine atom, and a great deal of energy is released when a lot of these ions associate in a crystal lattice. Salt is this lattice and its properties, not the properties of any molecule or atom by itself. The textbook definition of molecule is devoid of meaning."

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    "At present we educate people only up to the point where they can earn a living and marry; then education ceases altogether, as though a complete mental outfit had been acquired...Vast numbers of men and women thus spend their lives in complete ignorance of the most important things." - Car Jung, from The Development of Personality.

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Dr. J. Calvert continues: "The properties of substances are the properties of associations of atoms, and the nature of the association is more important than the particular atom. Metals are a notable example of this. Most metals are almost alike in nature: soft, shiny, heavy, nontransparent substances that can be bent and hammered. They are a pudding of positive ions in a sea of electrons, and their gross properties do not depend on the nature of the ion. Any suitable atom can make a metal. Sulphur does not do this because other sorts of association give lower energies than a metallic lattice would. Tin exists in both worlds: at higher temperatures it is a typical metal, while at low temperatures it is a crumbly nonmetallic crystalline substance."

J. Calvert, Excerpt from "The Elements" from BORON  http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/phys/boron.htm
 

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       Use Tao, not Pi.

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Energy is fungible. An isolated atom is precisely spherically symmetric. Chemical properties are the result of the structure of the atoms and are not properties of the atoms themselves.  Atoms are only the building bricks out of which substances are constructed. Any suitable atom can make a metal. 

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       "The world begins to exist when the individual discovers it." - Carl Jung

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Structure is what is meant by the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts". 

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        "The archetypes ...are not intellectually invented. They are always there  and they produce certain processes in the unconscious one could best compare with myths. That' s the origin of mythology. Mythology is a dramatization of a series of images that formulate the life of the archetypes."  -- Carl Jung, from Speaking, page 348.

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Thank you kindly for taking this voyage with me, to the end of the known world and back!  Adiós amiguitos Cherub Angel Putti 

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Adiós amiguitos! A bientot! Bis Spater! Cherub Angel Putti.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The sources for all material in this Archetypes series are listed in one place,  #40 Archetypes Additional Resources:
 https://suityourself.international/appanage/index.php?_a=newsletter&newsletter_id=88
or
https://www.suityourself.international/appanage/magazine-40.html

If you're interested in exploring these topics further, then I recommend the resources at the above links. 

 

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Animation, light spectrum diffraction through a series of triangle transformations.

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I sign our magazine articles "See Into The Invisible". Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes, 
Debra Spencer

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