Jungians see the Universe constantly trying to achieve balance. Yesterday’s entry with about the Demons of Ignorance. I create balance, today’s is about The Pillars of Wisdom. These are the archetypes of Strength.
Whenever I encounter the Demons of Ignorance and I feel weak or important it helps me to remember The Strong. These are the men and women who help me avoid succumbing to despair. Some of them are fictional; they come from movies and literature. Some are boisterous warriors and some are quiet rocks. What they have in common is they give me courage. I have a whole household of them in the recesses of my pumpkin. I don’t always remember they are there, but they never fail to come to my aide when I call them. The Strong ones (who are friends or family) you would not recognize, but here are a few you will know:
When I can’t focus on any of them I always have my ancestors. In “The Manticore” by Robertson Davies the main character David is trapped in a small tunnel deep underground. He is having a panic attack and he’s lost control of his bowels he is so frightened. Behind him his companion demands he conjure up his courage and move on. He can’t. She suggests he pray to his god, but then sarcastically remarks his type has no god. She tells him to think on his ancestors. So he remembers his great grandmother, who valiantly left Ireland barefoot and pregnant out of wedlock. He imagines her bravely going around town gathering money for the boat ticket to Canada. The vision of this Strong woman gets him to move and out of the cave.
I too like to think upon my ancestors as courageous folk who first left Scandinavia for Normandy, then Normandy to England, and finally England for New England, each time daring fate and circumstance.
Despite it all – the news from Indiana, The NOM, ISIS, the nasties in Texas and Alabama, and The GOP I will stand tall and stalwart with my Strong ones.
They comfort me; they stiffen my spine.