Category Archives: The Higher Self

Mandala * Sacred Vessel of Consciousness, Healing, and Evolution

Carl G. Jung, depth psychologist, was known quite simply to his friends as “the Shaman”. To Jung we owe a vast debt for his exploration of consciousness, including his own early bouts with what appears to have been borderline psychosis. He discovered, from Eastern philosophy, the Mandala, and used it extensively in his own seal-healing journeys.

Above all, Jung discovered the extraordinary role of the Mandala, in containing the Psyche within safe boundaries which made its creative life possible, and which also facilitated healing processes – within his own shamanic journey and in therapeutic sessions with his patients.

Here, I explore further the Mandala as a sacred vessel within which we gather our experiences here on Earth and then move them towards a Center – all this orchestrated by the Higher Self.  As we gather in experience, we grow, learn, and transform in ever-higher stages of spiritual evolution.

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Shamanic Astrology * The 12-House Mandala Of the Birth Chart

In Shamanic Astrology, we see the Birth Chart as a Mandala, drawing all elements of Life and Psyche toward the Center. The Center is the Temple we find ourselves in when we meditate on the Chart.

The Mandala as key to evolution of consciousness and self-understanding. At the center is the Higher Self. Spiritual and psychological growth unfolds within a mandala pattern and process. Psychiatrist pioneer Carl G. Jung discovered this as part of his “shamanic” personal explorations”.

The Mandala reminds us also of the Journey around the Circle, which is where the Experience and Explorations occur. Without such creative activity, there could be little to draw towards the Center.

So the Mandala is a mystical symbol of the Philosophy of Going Out and Returning, and the Wheel is not, therefore, a burden, but a gift.

The Circle and the Cross
The birth chart is divided horizontally by the equator or Ascendant-Descendant Axis, and vertically by the Midheaven-Nadir Axis. These divisions make it that most ancient of symbols – the Circle enclosing a  Cross which divides it into the four sacred quadrants.

The cross inside a circle is said to symbolize the Self (as Ego and Personality) in the crucible of matter, time and space, journeying through the mystical cycles of life, death and rebirth. The Soul – in the form of the Higher Self, stands at the Centre of the Mandala, exchanging energy with the Ego/Self as it moves through the four quadrants.

As the Wheel turns, the Higher Self distills and integrates the fruits of each phase through which the Ego passes. This whole process is enfolded within an even larger version of the Higher Self – the Soul. Thus as it moves through life experience, the Ego receives sustenance and illumination from the Higher Self which, in turn, is the point of Light emanating from the Soul.

What follows is a delineation of the twelve houses and their life themes understood through the lens of a planet and the Sign it is said to “rule”…

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Silk Road DreamWork * Keys To Interpreting Your Dreams

This is a followup to my first two posts on dreams:  Dreams and DreamWork * Silk Road Journeys and Silk Road Journeys * Insight, Guidance, and Healing in Your Dreams

Here, I offer some practical tips on DreamWork and the interpretation of dreams. The main keys here are commitment, flexibility in approach, and being relaxed about recalling dreams.The idea of interpreting one’s own dreams can be a little intimidating.

To start with, lots of people feel they don’t have dreams, or at least simply never remember them.

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Silk Road Journeys * Insight, Guidance and Healing From Your Dreams

Rest and dream in the caravanserai of Sleep…

The Inward Journey
Know Thyself! Nowhere is this more possible and more surprising than in DreamWork.

Each part of us makes appearances upon the Stage of Dreams, and this makes for a vast cast of characters indeed. From past-life selves to pretend selves to subpersonalities/fragments and to would-be finer selves, our night-life is informative, creative, and incredibly important.

The benefits of the dreaming state appear to be the real loss when we do not get enough sleep. The body can manage on very little sleep, but the personality, with its mysterious connection to both the Physical Self and the Higher Self, cannot.

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Dreams and DreamWork * Silk Road Journeys

Much of our dream life we hardly remember, but without these visits to the Temple of Dreams we could not survive here in the Outer World. Though experienced on a different plane of reality, dream life is as real as our waking lives. In fact, our dream life is much more creative and transformative than most of our waking life. Through dreams we embark on shamanic journeys and encounters within our own psyche and beyond.

This is Part 1 of my Dreams and DreamWork Series (Note that the featured image here is Flight Of Aquarius by the wonderful artist Josephine Wall).

Dreaming and the Higher Self: A Spontaneous Balancing Process
When we sleep we enter the Temple of Dreams, and here we become in some way different – the Dreaming Self, the Observer. We seem to play many roles, but to retain a vantage point – the “I” who reaches conclusions and makes choices in dreams.

At the same time, however, there seems to be a larger Self behind the scenes, one Who keeps track of all one’s dreams, picks up their themes in meditation, and relates them to our life through other events in the mysterious events we call synchronicity. This wonderful presence is the Higher Self, and as Carl Jung observed, its whole purpose appears to be to help keep all of our experiences – conscious and unconscious – within a Circle, and then to move them toward the Center as we become aware of their patterns of meaning.

The Higher Self is this bridge, then, to the Soul, and the Circle of Meaning is the archetypal Mandala. I think of this magical process as part of the Road in our spiritual Silk Road Journey.

Dreaming is essential to the healing and psyche-balancing process which goes on all our lives. It is not a mistake that the unconscious is unconscious. There are reasons concerning mental, spiritual, and physical health which make the unconscious accessible to our everyday conscious selves only in rare states.

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