Psychology plays an important part in most of my short stories –thus the diversity, and comment: “It feels like each story is a different author.” With the completion of my psychological thriller, “Moloch and the Angel,” Dr. Anna Smith, an eclectic, but mainly Jungian shrink , a psychic shrink, encounters a psychic sociopath. The story unfolds through their sessions and her dreams, intuitions, and torments (not to mention some unfinished business of her own). What I like best about this novel is that the reader experiences what Dr. Anna is thinking during the sessions, as well as learns the different facets of being psychic, and how one can detect and protect themselves from psychic drains.
I have studied psych, social work, and people for a long time. I have decided to share what I believe, and some aspects of those psych session, and underlining mythology, psychology, and philosophy.
I’m gong to start with an article my friend, Gail Taras, wrote about the feminine, creativity, and the inner sense of creativity unfolding.
Creativity is Feminine
“You can go around me,”
said the Goddess,
twirling on her heels like a bird
but just a little away,
“or you can come after me.
This is my forest too,
you can’t pretend I’m not here.”
– Rick Fields The Very Short Sutra on the Meeting of the Buddha and the Goddess http://touchstonesofthesacred.com/buddha-and-the-goddess-by-rick-fields/
In the Greek myth of Hercules, King Eurystheus directs him to capture (without harming) the Ceryneian hind, a red doe sacred to Artemis, Goddess of the Moon. The bronze-footed doe is faster than an arrow. She’s as elusive as any certainty we might seek and as agile and unpredictable as our emotions.
As author Dana Gerhardt tells the story, “the Ceryneian hind is feminine, but has a stag’s antlers, golden ones, symbolizing divine power and receptivity. The antlers are like cosmic antennae into which the Moon Goddess pours her gifts of intuition and inspiration. The doe is a formidable quarry – but also sensitive and vulnerable. One critic has suggested the hind is reminiscent of Sibyls and ancient priestesses who were incapable of issuing prophecies in anything less than a harmonious environment. Their delicate sensibilities required seclusion, being protected from anything unpleasant, harsh or upsetting.
To unfold the sensitive powers of creative inspiration – the Feminine – is what Hercules’ mission is all about. The focused masculine is disadvantaged in the feminine realm. Hercules sees the hind’s antlers sparkling in the sun and starts his chase in high spirits. A year later he is still in pursuit, traveling across Greece, Thrace, Istria and the land of the Hyperboreans. The doe keeps eluding him. She darts away at the first intimation of danger. When finally he sights her at a nearby stream, he is both elated and exasperated. Hercules draws his bow and shoots. “Just a little wound,” he tells himself. He throws the injured doe over his shoulder, relieved at his victory. His joy is short-lived. Just beyond the next grove of trees, he meets the Goddess. Artemis is furious. The hero wilts under her gaze.”
“You can’t pretend I’m not here.”
To ignore the Goddess – the Feminine Archetype – is to cut ourselves off from our own creativity. Creativity is an energy. If it’s not moving it gets stuck in the body. When our creativity is under-realized or under-expressed we experience depression and disconnectedness — in both our personal and professional lives. There’s no joy.
Creativity is Self-expression, in which “self” has a capital Jungian S. It’s the most profound expression of Identity. The ultimate goal of being alive is to create and extend our own unique authenticity into the world. In the same way a flower buds and blooms, or a planet forms from the dust of a dying star, it’s the continuous unfolding of the Universe – the expression of, in the words of Kahlil Gibran, “life’s longing for itself.” Aristotle had a word for it – entelechy – the potential for full expression inherent in the seed. Entelechy means having both a personal vision and the ability to actualize that vision from within. But where does the “vision” come from? It’s not a process governed by the intellect. It is the result of desire, dreams, intuition, and emotion – all those slippery things that usually defy analysis.
To be continued …