Nov 15, 2010

Interior work

"We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time," T. S. Eliot.

It seems appropriate to better describe the interior journey that is reflective of the hero's journey. Worldwide myths and folktales depict the myth, and so do some modern ones. We watched a bit of one of the Harry Potter films last night. J. K. Rowling seemed to incorporate the interior journey in her marvelous tale. Harry emerges from a dark space (under the staircase) to be guided by a wise person. He faces trials, which cause him to mature as an individual, so that he is able to develop the potential within him. Jungian psychology points to the idea that all the trials we meet help us to recognize and integrate various underdeveloped parts of ourselves. Perhaps the silly, time-driven White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, or the much more dangerous-appearing Queen of Hearts. All are aspects of oneself, that - upon integrating - serve our journey.

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