Tuesday, March 27, 2012

     I have been considering Carl Jung's ideas on the collective consciousness. He says basically that apart from our personal unconscious, (which is our personal history stored away in our brains); every human has an innate unconscious which is collective in nature. That is, when we are born we have an innate knowledge of all human archetypal history. If I am understanding correctly, we ~ humans ~ all have the same basic symbols, societal ideals, history, rituals, archetypal imagery ...  which when tapped into, say on an intuitive level, connects all of us on a world wide level. I know that this is not a new idea, Jung introduced this theory back in 1916; however, it is a powerful concept to contemplate and incorporate into our daily social interactions.
     Carl Jung may have been intuitively connecting to the modern concept of the crystal grid. When reading about Jung's theory I concluded that the collective unconscious is the same as the crystal grid.
     "The collective unconscious is part of the psyche which can be negatively distinguished from a personal unconscious by the fact that it does not, like the latter, owe its existence to personal experience and consequently is not a personal acquisition. While the personal unconscious is made up essentially of contents which have at one time been conscious but which have disappeared from consciousness through having been forgotten or repressed, the contents of the collective unconscious have never been individually acquired, but owe their existence exclusively to heredity." C. Jung
     So.... During my research today, I found some more stuff related to the collective unconscious, the crystal grid, and the internet. The internet and the new phenomenon of social media acts as an extension of the collective unconscious, and will further serve to unite humanity and the idea that we are all truly connected on a deep level. A meme is the email forwarded on, a viral UTube video, etc.
Meme:  An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); “memes are the cultural counterpart of genes.
Perhaps the collective unconscious is not so unconscious anymore. Love ~ C

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Shaman's Dream

copyright NPA 2012

I have been busy as you can see. Here is my latest digital art work, using Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator to create this piece. I have been very busy, studying in depth, archetypes and dreams; listening to Carl Jung and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, via UTube and audiobooks. I love to listen to an audio file and create at the same time. I can go into a zone of creativity, time passes and the next thing I know the whole day has passed. That is the way it should be when you are doing something you love. It is energizing and deeply relaxing.
This is basically a self portrait, working on my personal archetypes, dream imagery and creativity.