Out of Head and Into Heart

Love is the mountain and the valley and the cave within the mountain and the lake within the cave and the stream breaking over rocks descending into the valley. This isn’t a land of common sense. This is a land of myth and magic.

Out of Head and Into Heart

No, the rose didn’t really look this way when I took the photo. Photoshop and contrast adjustments were used to achieve this effect.  What effect? I think it is a protest of what one perceives as reality, that there is something behind, beneath, above and outside of facts that is crucial to experience, to being human.  I wanted to capture the depth of the darkness and shadows and the dazzling and mesmerizing light as contrast.  This is what love seems to be for me, incredible depths, shadows and blinding light at the same time.  Captured in the thrall of love, there is no reason, no clear-headed thinking, no balance.  One is either transported or sundered.

“. . . why have I come to this mountain? . . . What does this sort of experience mean to me?  If it’s just to get away from the problems I was experiencing, there are easier ways.  Then maybe it’s to to find another sort of life.  To leave far behind the perplexing world of human beings.  If I’m trying to be a recluse why do I need to impact with other people?  Not knowing what one is looking for is pure agony.  Too much analytical thinking, too much logic, too many meanings!  Life has no logic, so why does there have to be logic to explain what it means?  Also, what is logic?  I think I need to break away from analytical thinking, this is the cause of all my anxieties.” (Gao XingJian, Soul Mountain, p. 50)

Love is the mountain and the valley and the cave within the mountain and the lake within the cave and the stream breaking over rocks descending into the valley.  This isn’t a land of common sense.  This is a land of myth and magic.  Without question, love is the cure for a meaningless life, for a life that has become too predictable, too calm.  The soul needs to be reanimated.  And in the process of falling in love, one loses again “self” which then allows for a new round of self-discovery.  One needs, I need to sometimes get out of my head and into my heart.


Robert G. Longpré is well known among people interested in Jungian Psychology because of his excellent site, Through a Jungian Lens, parts of which are reproduced here by permission.  He says the following about himself:

"I am wearing a backpack in the photo because that is often how anyone would see me at this point in my life.  I am on a journey of soul, a journey in search of meaning and in search of self.  I am a retired school teacher and school administrator having taught in various schools in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I was a principal for a number of years as well.  Intermingled with my career in education was a second career as a psychotherapist.  Needing to take care of students with issues and later, teachers with issues, I took a number of university and certificate courses to allow me to work more effectively and safely with those whose care I was entrusted.  My counselling focus eventually shifted to include others and to include some “depth” work.  The depth work had a foundation in Jungian psychology.

"Now that I am retired, I am currently in Calgary, Canada working on my writing, my journey through a personal “Dark Night of the Soul” with my wife of forty-one years sharing most of my days and dreams.  Our children and grandchildren have their own homes in both Canada and the U.S.A.  For those interested in these things, I have three children and six grandchildren.

"Since retirement, we have travelled to a number of countries with some becoming places of part-time residence over the past five years. We lived in Changzhou, China for the better parts of four years.  Three months in Costa Rica during one winter, and three months in the Yucatan, Mexico during another winter were other longer stays during this time.  Added to this was a month in Rajasthan, India, a month in Thailand, and a month in IndoChina with most of that time spent in Vietnam.  This past winter break, I spent a a break of ten days in the Philippines.  Of course, if you are a reader here, you are already aware of these things as the selection of photos talk about my response to being in all of these places.  In travelling with a camera, I discover myself through images of both the known and the unknown."


May 3rd, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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