Tuesday, December 09, 2003

YAY!! FINALLY FINISHED MY ART HISTORY PAPER!! Took me one day, but took me a week to just start putting it together on the page!! CRAZY TIMES!!
It's a beauty, got pictures and everything!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Just played an addictive game of Typer Shark... ya... gotta stop playing these online games...

Anyways, it told me that I typed 52 words/min and had an accuracy of 91% (I got to level 19 with 634258 points, and it took me far too long! 45 min!)

I wish I could type out papers that fast! :P
No more online games for me, I could be using these typing skills elsewhere!

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Just did this quiz: colourquiz

My results:

My Existing Situation
Sensuous. Inclined to luxuriate in things which give gratification to the senses, but rejects anything tasteless, vulgar, or coarse. (SO TRUE! Refer to blog about exotic fruit!!)

My Stress Sources
Feels that life has far more to offer and that there are still important things to be achieved--that life must be experienced to the fullest. As a result, she pursues her objectives with a fierce intensity that will not let go of things. Becomes deeply involved and runs the risk of being unable to view things with sufficient objectivity, or calmly enough; is therefore in danger of becoming agitated and of exhausting her nervous energy. Cannot leave things alone and feels she can only be at peace when she has finally reached her goal.

My Restrained Characteristics
Circumstances are restrictive and hampering, forcing her to forgo all joys and pleasures for the time being.
Clings to her belief that her hopes and ideas are realistic, but needs encouragement and reassurance. Applies very exacting standards to her choice of a partner and wants guarantees against loss or disappointment. (WOW!)

My Desired Objective
Needs a peaceful environment. Wants release from stress, and freedom from conflicts or disagreement. Takes pains to control the situation and its problems by proceeding cautiously. Has sensitivity of feeling and a fine eye for detail. (doesn't everybody?)

My Actual Problem
Needs to achieve a stable and peaceful condition, enabling her to free herself of the worry that she may be prevented from achieving all the things she wants. (How do they know all this!!??)

Wow... I just did the quiz again, and they were even more disturbingly true... or so they seem!!!
This Sunday afternoon I pleasently stumbled across a childhood memory. I used to enjoy listening to my radio in my room. I found it so neat that I could catch a tv signal on my radio, and on a few Saturday mornings I would listen to the stories of Tin Tin and his dog Snowy.

It would be great to see/hear an episode again! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

"Be systematically heroic in little unnecessary points, do something every day for no other reason than its difficulty, so that, when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.... The man who has daily inured himself to habits of concentrated attention, energetic volition, and self-denial in unnecessary things will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him, and his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast." -William James

Reminds me of when I bought a CD of Irish Pub songs; simply so if the need arose and I found myself in an Irish pub one day (which I fully intend), I would be able to sing along with vigor to each of the songs! ; )
Thanks to those who indulge me in my delight with the exotic!
Right now I am enjoying my coffee with a bit of pomegranite and a fresh pineapple! It takes me to my island,...
Stress relief! ;)

"A bird needs to fly, just as an artist needs to create, despite the fact that creation may require painful struggle and great effort."
-Example out of Goldstein's theory of self-actualization

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Haroun and the Sea of Stories
What an EXCELLENT play!!
The cast was exceptional!! Each character excellently portrayed. I, having never heard of the story before, sat with incredulous wonder through each moment! Hadi, Crystal, Natasha and Stephanie were excellently funny! David (Fitz) played Haroun with great expression! Stephanie was a wonderful Butt the Hoopoe and Amyann was such a cute blabbermouth (and turtle!). I was so intrigued by the storyline and following Haroun in his adventure that I was left in utter disappointment when the cast vanished at intermission. The set was creatively composed and the props entertainingly depicted and utilized. Haroun and the Sea of Stories sets free a bubbling gush of wonderful imagination! I encourage EVERYONE to GO and SEE IT!!
I would go again if it were not for lack of time and money. Alas, I will congratulate the actors on their dubious talent and surf the net for Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which will be on my Christmas list this year! ;)

Monday, November 24, 2003

Ya, you've made your mark on the world;
Your name is on every toothbrush in your patient's households.
Francesco Boretti
I did a presentation on this Italian abstract expressionist artist in my first year art class at Redeemer (with Bonnie :) ) and he has stuck with me ever since.
His art is from the 1960s-1990s, dramatic portrayals of colour and abstract form.
This is one abstract artist I can appeal to, probably because of his expressionistic tendency. His pieces are laden with emotional depiction of his reality, it strikes a deep-set chord in me.

His choice of colour is amazing. He can compliment and balance his piece into a unified
whole, giving a sense of harmony. His pieces are like vibrant memories shrouded in mist, the oils almost the consistency of watercolour in places, but with less pastel and with more warm vibrant pigments. His canvas is a place of sweeping atmospheric, horizontal planes of colour or dappled primitive appeals to the vibrancy of nature.

I encourage you to click here and browse a bit through his art. CLICK ON 'BORETTI'

some of my favourites;

Fiore di cardo - Thistle, 1993
Paesaggio- Landscape, 1983

Incendio- FIRE, 1994
Vibrazioni-Vibrations, 1994
I declare this day and each day thereafter, ROB J APPRECIATION DAY!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2003

intruiged by the name; great trochanter which refers to the area of your gluteus maximus that has a tendency for dimpling.... hehe
At 2AM on Monday, I finally have motivation to do some studying and reading!! Half my dorm is up anyways!!

Unfortunately, I have worn earplugs enough to start getting an ear infection...
Current mood: Drained and longing for my island....
Current music: Charpantier's Mass, Handel's Messiah, Christmas Jazz

Friday, November 21, 2003

Today, Johnny Depp is labeled the sexiest man alive!
(Article in the Go sectrion of the Hamilton Spectator today! Pointed out to me by one of my dear friends who knows I would delight in seeing a full page pic of this man)

Johnny Depp is a GREAT actor!!! He plays a wide variety of roles convincingly!
-The excellently played character of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean
-A suspensful role of a CIA posing as a mobster in Donnie Brasco
-The unresistable lover, Don Juan de Marco
-An attractive traveling gypsy named Roux in Chocolat
-The clumsy and humourous, yet tormented doctor-inspector Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow
-Edward Scissor Hands
-A ruthless, sadistically humoured CIA Agent (Sands) in Once Upon a Time in Mexico starring alongside ANTONIO!! ;)

to name a few!
Though he does tend to have a dark side to him : (
(I would NOT recommend The Astronaut's Wife)

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Funny Bumper Stickers

or.... Fortune cookie fortunes....

"Always remember to pillage before you burn"

"Politicians prefer unarmed peasants"

"Evil Geniuses for a better tomorrow"

"Everything I know I learned by killing smart people and eating their brains"

"People are more violently opposed to leather than fur because it's easier to harass rich women than a motorcycle gang"

"The fact that no one understands you does not make you an artist"

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

When you get what you want in your struggle for gain
and the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say!

It isn't your father or mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass
The one whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the man staring back in the glass

He's the one you must satisfy beyond all the rest
For he's with you right up to the end
And you will have passed your most difficult test
When the man in the glass is your friend

You may be the one who got a good break
And you think youre a wonderful guy
But the man in the glass says you're only a fake
If you cant look him straight in the eye

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass

Friday, November 14, 2003

Based on recent readings and thoughts

“From the moment of birth, people urge others to meet their needs… What begins as a survival instinct quickly becomes an expression of fallen human nature, but for people to live successfully in community with other people this instinct must be restrained in numerous ways. Many of the rules laid down in a well-functioning family and many of the laws in any larger society are attempts to restrain and channel the human desire to dominate others…
The incarnation of Christ Jesus represents the antithesis of this human drive to dominate. Although he had access to all the privilege and power to which his identity with God entitles him, and although he could have exploited that privilege and power to dominate his creatures, Jesus considered his deity an opportunity for service and obedience. His deity became a matter not of getting but of giving, not of being serves but of serving, not of dominance but of obedience.”
“..the evidence for various positions on issues are ambiguous enough that thoughtful and devout believers can disagree …Christians should be willing to listen respectfully to one another… remain united in spirit.. this takes the kind of humility Paul ascribes to Christ (in certain passages)” (Frank Thielman).

We must be careful. We must understand that we don’t know everything, and humbly enter controversial territory. By looking objectively at an issue together, it is more of a conversation than an argument. It is more a stimulation of the mind, than a “cutting down to the point”. Yes, It’s beautiful when iron can sharpen iron, but each side must be considered equal, so as not to damage the other.

We must be considerate about the things we say. For example, saying "I hate hypocrites," Is completely foolish, because the person saying it is being a hypocrite in even saying it! We must also consider how what we say will affect others. For example, when touching on a topic or issue pertaining to one's situation, to be objective and understanding that you don't know everything, but that this is what you have to offer them, in order that it may perhaps help them, and perhaps yourself as well, in the process of conversing in this nature.

When close friends become so close that they bicker with each other like siblings, we must be aware that our connection is more important than the ideas we are bickering over (Often they are over insignificant things). It is in our nature to strive for some kind of superiority over the other; “I saw it first,” “I should have it,” “I want one too,” “Why does he get the bigger one?” “She’s skinnier than me.” It can get so harsh as interrupting each other when talking, not being there for the other because you don’t think they are there for you, speaking as if you are smarter than another, comparing ourselves to others to a degree to which is damaging to oneself and to your impression of/on the other, trying to make people jealous of the things you have or the places you’ve gone and the people you’ve seen etc, etc, etc. Often, we don’t even realize consciously that we are doing this! And if we do, we make excuses for what we did; pushing aside that what we may have said or did may have harmed the other, refusing to admit our weakness because in doing as we did, it actually made us feel superior, not weaker. It covers up whatever trace of guilt we had. How hurt can they really feel anyways? What I said wasn’t that bad! They’ll get over it! Or, they should anyways.

We take advantage of those we don’t know so well, because we aren’t so close to them anyways, what do their feelings matter? Do we even recognize that this is what we are saying when we say some things too bluntly, without emotion or consideration for the other. The other person may hear it as “You are dumb!,” even if it is in their own head, even if they have a self esteem problem, you were the stimulus. Perhaps we think that by expressing some superior quality about ourselves, they must admire us for it.(?) Perhaps we should be somewhat gentle in our approach? Or decide not to say something that would risk offending another. Or, deciding to make an effort to right a wrong when we see it, deciding to be more open and honest about something instead of showing one’s frustrations physically, deciding not to be so darn stubborn or set in our ways or stances; those things would be more admirable!

This does not mean that we shouldn't have beliefs that we stand strongly to, but that we express them gently, as Christ asks us to.

We take advantage of those who we actually really like, really care for, because we know that they will always be there for us, will love us anyways.
How fickle we are as humans!

This is where humility comes in. Having heart enough to care for the other, even if it is in OUR search for truth. To be considerate of that person’s own search for truth. To make sure that what you are saying directly towards a person is clear. To listen carefully to what the other is saying to make sure you are understanding what they say and instead of thinking of a response and waiting for them to stop talking so you can say it. Being sensitive to those kinds of things doesn’t make a male out to be ‘less manly’ or a female overtly submissive; it shouldn’t bruise one’s ego. Misunderstandings and wrong focuses can ruin relationships, but most of all, there must be an active effort to maintain ones friendship in our conduct with each other, to be sensitive to the other, to show care. To do so with humility; being humble and instead of self-service, inducing service towards others. God will bless us for being obedient to Christ’s example. God has given us this life which may be richer, depending on how we chose to express our conduct. Let’s be real with each other!

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Musings about Islands
Jung says our consciousness is like an island, with much below the surface of the tumbling waves we may not realize. Some people try to get at the unconscious part of our islands by asking "What 3 things would you wish you had if you were stranded on a deserted island?" (a never ending library of books....) :)

Islands seem to be viewed by people either in a positive, idealistic light, or in a negative oppressive perspective.

Some people see islands (and I must admit, I have for years) as a paradise to be longed after like Bali H'ai in South Pacific. It's enchanting and mysterious! We think of our island being full of luscious fruits (pineapple!) to enjoy, exotic plant and animal species to study, beautiful surf and blue water as far as the eye can see. During the day to travel and explore the island, during the night to set a fire and wonder at the many stars in the sky. It seems one may be able to find peace through the simplicity of life left to one's own on an island. I read a book called "The Island" in grade 9 English class by a Gary Paulson. It portrayed the main character doing that very thing; going to an island and finding peace in the simplicity of living there and studying the patterns of nature. The town's people started to wonder at him, fascinated by him; is this not something part of us all yearns for? Romantically, we all would like an island that we could retreat to. We are somewhat attracted to the bare, raw and exotic idea of it, as it is so far removed from the busyness and responsibilities of our daily lives. The island is a chance for adventure, innocence, intellectual stimulation, peace and rest, and/or romance (especially if there is someone on the island with you! ; D )

Saying this, I realize there is a part of us that finds that desire unreasonable and appalling. How could any upright and rational being desire to regress to a primitive human nature when humanity and oneself has progressed so far? This is excellently and disturbingly portrayed in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Surely if we want to appeal to having an island we must also appeal to building a luxurious house with all the fixings so we may bask deliriously in the pleasure of the presence of paradise. Many people would be appalled by the idea of being dirty, smelling and having no trace of civilization. Surely, this is in our mind, so we can choose however we want our island to be. :)

But, there is another type of island we have not explored. Cuba was once an island where Cortez kept prisoners. Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. The Count of Monte Cristo (before he became a count) and the "man in the iron mask" were both characters secretly banished to a prison island to be forgotten. Surely Jung believes in certain individuals, the mind can be a prison! Through ego-inflation in which the Shadow has a chance to dominate the self, or the ego's ignorance of the Shadow as part of the self, thus seeing it as sinister and alien and therefore causes fear. OR, the fear of one over his unconscious mind. In this way, the archetype "island" could be viewed subconsciously with fear. Think of it; no people around, alone, perhaps you are forgotten? Perhaps noone cares! May be you will die there? No way off, pitch black night, noises coming from the foliage of the imposing jungle as you sleep, the idea of monsters on the island that one would be vulnerable to. Give you shivers? The oppression and mystery of the island can be overwhelming to our subconscious mind.

Which does your island look like?

Monday, November 10, 2003

Went the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday with my Art History class. It was a wonderful trip and I wish I could go back soon!
Our teacher gave us about an hour and 1/2 to look around the gallery and find a piece from before 1500AD to do a 3 min presentation on right in the gallery. So, it was hard to choose a piece, but I decided to do the Parthenon There was a beautiful bust of Dionysus (the god of wine) there which enchanted me all evening! (and was also, unfortunately but quite humorously, the means by which one of my friends got hit on).
Unfortunately no one did a presentation on him, but we did go all through Ancient Egypt, Greek and Etruscan, Roman, Islamic, and South Asian works as well as a bit into the Romanesque and medieval :)
There is an Art Deco show going on which I did not have the priveledge of seeing, we did not have enough time! : ( We were there for the ancient art. Next semester we will be going back and looking at the most exciting eras of the Renaissance, Baroque, rococo, and into the Victorian, and hopefully Art Nouveau.
I hoped to spend a bit of time at the Glass, quite the classy bar with entrance to the fourth floor only by the elevator. We had a brief glimpse and experience of the atmosphere which was low lamp lit with some wonderful jazz playing. My idea of relaxing ;)

After our time at the ROM we went to a nearby church modeled at the turn of the century after late gothic style, with ribbed vaulting and in a narrow, tall construction making you look up in awe as you turn the bend and enter through the arched doorway. It was stunning! The alter was in a Art nouveau style, and somehow beautifully harmonized with the starkly grey stoned gothic style walls. There was one enchanting piece of faded tapestry that seemed to be from around the late 1400s but many of the art pieces chosen to be hung in&around the sanctuary were of a modern impressionist style, and were absolutely inspiring!
Quite the wonderful experience!! :)
I look forward to visiting again next semester!! :D

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Yesterday I came across an article in the Hamilton Spectator clearly portraying men wearing skirts on a fashion runway. The article showed females wearing men's clothing, which has been widely accepted for years. The kilt is widely acknowledged for its cultural and historical significance, and is defended well against being called a 'skirt' which may often refer to a flirtatious expression in clothing. Should men be wearing something that has been a symbol of feminine charm for decades? Kilts hold strong to their roots, but what about a sarong? ....

Friday, November 07, 2003

Wow!! Somehow my template was deleted! I was so sad!! :* (
So I had to redo it! But it's all back up and good now!
Went to see Matrix Revolutions last night! It was MUCH better than the second one, sticking true to the first movie. A lot of good action! My only distastes with the film were with one particular scene in a homosexual dance club where one of the female villains is hardly wearing a top. This was quite distracting and repelling! My other criticism is with some of the dialogue, it was only in a few places, but it made things seem a bit corny. Goes something like this (my abbreviated version):
(Audience already knows)
villain-"Can't you tell who I am?, look closer..."
Neo- (looks closer)
villain-"Are you ready to die? It's me, your archenemy!"
Neo-(looks even closer)
villain-"Just cause I don't look like him, doesn't mean I'm not him, I am him!"
Neo- "No!"
villain- "Yes!"
Neo- "It can't be!"
villain- "Hahaha! But it is! And I am going to kill you!"
Neo- "Nooooo!"

Ya,... So, anyhoo. There was a bit of over exaggeration, but overall it was quite the entertaining movie and I really enjoyed it!

I noticed quite the bit of archetypal imagery in the film as well!! It was almost allegorical!

This was seen a bit in the first movie as well; many Christians find a lot of connections with the plot as being an abbreviated and somewhat paralleled version of the story of Christ. I noticed that somewhat, only to find that wasn't the original intention and they just used some Christian vocabulary, such as 'Trinity' and 'Zion,' and being somewhat naive to how the rest of the story seems to fit a Christian pattern. In the second movie though, they seemed to try and blow the Christian audience right out of the water, especially with the first impression we get of Zion; It turns from a quite passionate religious service into a quite heated and sexually arousing dance club scene. :P
In the 3rd movie, though the theme of a 'saving love' is quite prominent and may be linked to Christian principle, some other cultural beliefs seemed to combine into the overall theme creating a bit more of a universal imagery and, as Jung would say, drawn from and thus appealing to the collective unconscious with its archetypal forms.

If you are interested in the archetypes I noticed and don't mind my introducing some of the characters to you (I don't want to ruin anything for you as most of you probably haven't seen the film yet, I'll try to be brief and not give much away), than continue reading;

We all seem to identify with each of the characters, they all seem to be a part of the self:
Neo- the hero figure, appeals to our ego/persona and ideal self as we identify with him. An ordinary fellow who becomes 'supernatural', something of a pattern for most heros. Also could be linked with the animus, (male side of the female) being a projection of what an ideal male should be. (embraces forms such as lover, warrior, king, orphan, sage, magician, all of which Neo has some kind of connection as a being).

Trinity Perhaps much like neo, only female form, thus appealing to the anima.

Oracle A wise grandma figure. The old sage archetypal image. Much like a female god who appeals to the emotional side of reality and teaches the 'children' as if they were her 'angels.' Somewhat like a mother figure. Ying.

Child The divine child archetype, contains some 'godly' characteristics (halo, 'glowing', purity, joy in life, the ability to create miracles in nature with their own 'power'...) Somewhat like putti, or cherubim.

Smith May appeal to the shadow, the other side of our ego and (in this context) opposes who we try to be (persona/ideal self) and diverts us away from who we should be (our real self). It embodies the negative points about ourselves that our ego doesn't like to accept, thus antagonistic and dangerous with the threat of domination. He is a program that tries to take over, disliking human characteristics and in opposition to any striving for good ("why do you keep on trying?"). If it takes over the ego, it believes it could become the centre of the self, it becomes inflated in thinking that it is perfect and flawless and denies and puts down human characteristics. In taking over the oracle, it believes it can embody superior wisdom and becomes overinflated.

The Alien- Male god who has ultimate control over machine side of reality. (Perhaps the rational as opposed to the Oracle's emotional). Somewhat like a domineering father figure. Yang.

In 2nd movie: Matrix Reloaded:

French lady- Seductress, may appeal to male anima. Contrasted with oracle, who is a woman of wisdom.

Twins -The Double archetype

Thursday, November 06, 2003

A quote from one of my very favourite books, Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:
“Nothing else matters, only to love Him and to do what He tells me. I don’t know why it should be so, but it is. All the time it is suffering to love and sorrow to love Him, but it is lovely to love Him in spite of this, and if I should cease to do so, I should cease to exist.”

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

This is THE song I am listening to these days!
Jars of Clay is my favourite band, forever and always, and I just got their Furthermore- from the studio:from the stage 2CD set for my birthday! :) IT IS SPECTACULAR!!!

Jars of Clay: The Valley Song (Sing of Mercy)

You have led me
to the sadness,
I have carried this pain,
on the back, bruised and
nearly broken,
I'm crying out to you.
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy.

When death,
like a gypsy
comes to steal what I love,
I will still look to the heavens,
I will still seek your face,
but I fear you aren't listening
because there are no words,
just this stillness
and the hunger for the faith that assures.

I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
While we wait for rescue
with our eyes tightly shut,
face to the ground,
using our hands
to cover the fatal cut,
and though the pain is an ocean,
tossing us around, around, around,
you have calmed
greater waters
and higher mountains have come down!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!
I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy!

(too bad you can't hear the song along with the words! ;)
Cascading Style Sheet encoding is so neat! I should've learned how to do this a long time ago! It is so neat how you can type in this odd language and a whole page full of colour and shapes is the result. It makes me think of the Myst trilogy in which the ancient D'ni language was used to create whole other worlds which could be linked to! Soon, i will have my very own copy of the first of the Myst trilogy (The Book of Atrus, a most excellent book!) to add to and complete my collection!! :D Thanks Rob J!!
Click here to read about them!

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Pieces of Psychological Theory Paralleled with Christian Concepts
I've recently noticed a link between some concepts I learned growing up in my youth group and going to a Christian conference called DC/LA and some of the things that I am learning in my psychology class.
In these conferences I recall a diagram of our heart as a home. Here we are to invite Jesus in as it is our house where we hold many things that are dear to us. If we are to give our whole heart to Him, we must be prepared to enter into each and every room in our 'heart house' and give everything to Him, to let go of things we hold onto too tightly that perhaps we shouldn't, to confess those things that we hide away in some rooms, to learn about things in rooms that we fear, or don't even know are there, and opening doors to rooms we haven't opened for years. Jesus must be welcome in every room with us, He stands at the door of each one because he desires for our best.
In psych class we looked at Jung whom had a controversial dream about a house in which he found skeletons in the basement. Thus comes the saying of having skeletons in one's basement, which appeals to how Jung described this house to be structured as our psyche; each level being a deeper level of consciousness. I found this a shocking parallel to the ideas the people who organized DC/LA presented. Almost as if (this is not to say that Christians are brainwashers or that it actually was drawn consciously from psychological material) they put in 'layman' terms the structure of ourselves and the importance of our self-realization. A Christian perspective may involve the revealing of each level of consciousness to our awareness and giving their contents and accessibility to God, thus providing us with spiritual, mental and biological health as God would want us to have, enabling us for his service!
The other parallel I drew was between the concept of us each having our own story as Christians, and as psychoanalysis in the process of examining our life as a narrative. In psych class, we were encouraged to look at key points in our life; highs and lows, times of commitment, defining goals and future hopes. This kind of examination gives us an understanding of how we function, our perceptions and outlook on life. These past experiences set the 'tone' of our life story. These key points may be seen as 'chapter headings' of our life narrative, most likely highlighting the struggles mentioned in Erikson's Stages of Human Development. We were also to recognize those people who played key roles in our life drama (referred to by Erikson as Imagos). Erikson also points out determining our meaning in life by being useful to society, caring for others, being unselfishly social for the good of others.
Spiritually, we apply our dedication of our life to Christ as a major key point in the timeline of our existence. Some people's conversion being a story of dramatic change, other's empathizing more to those who have grown up in an upright Christian lifestyle for the majority of their life. Either way, each person's story is to be shared with others in order to bring God glory. People in our lives are seen in a different light, whether being used by God, being part of God's kingdom family, or being hindering, damaging, challenging in spiritual ways. God uses people in our lives and we learn many things from certain times they were influential in forming the person we are today. The most important key character in our narrative being God and His son. The beauty of our life being the combination of God's story with our own. This then, driving the meaning and purpose in our life, giving us a wholistic perspective of life, providing us with goals and hopes for our future, serving God in how we perceive life and how we contribute socially, bringing glory to God.
(This is no way support for establishing the psychologists mentioned as Christians).
Dang, it's in my hair!!!!!
Don't you hate how easily pens can be lost?!

Monday, November 03, 2003

I was a bit hesitant to start into blogdom.
For one, I knew I would be addicted because I spent enough hours having fun reading other people's blogs! Thus, procrastination! Though there are worse ways!
For another, I tend to be more of a listener. Especially at the beginning of a conversation, by the time I really get involved and into the conversation, people are done and don't want to carry the conversation much further, while I am left on the edge of a cliff in contemplation. So, usually I will mull over ideas and concepts, not having patience or time enough to write them down.
Sometimes I hesitate to say or write things because I don't speak so eloquently as some, because I fear or don't believe I have quite grasped things enough to be presentable, or simply because of the vulnerability of the spoken/written word.
Lately I have felt the need to record my thoughts. I used to write more in high school, some poetry and stories, and have been aching to write, 'without much to say' I think, until I get a few moments, a sheet of paper in front of me and a pen, and I'm surprised where my thoughts take me. I've never been one for keeping a 'diary', so I bought a nice leather journal and have been using that in place of my desire to blog. That lasted only so long in restricting me from blogging, but my journaling will not end!
Glad to be a member of "bloggers not-so-anonymous" Yes, My name is Jen and I am a blogger. May we forever live in blogger bliss! :)
A bit about archetypes:
-Formless and pimordial (great word!) a priori structures of the psyche that act as structure-forming elements in the unconscious.
-Inherited predispotions to respond to the world in certain ways.
-Primordial images, representations of the instinctual energies of the collective unconscious.
-forms, without content of their own, that serve to organize or channel psychological material.
(from my psy text)

These images appear in dreams and affect our animus/anima (the opposite sex part of us) according to our perceptions from our collective unconscious of males and females. When an archetype is activated, it releases a tremendous amount of energy. It plays a major role in our creativity.

Each person has different archetypal images, according to their different experiences, perceptions, and personality. According to Jung, these images ultimately come from universal patterns of the collective unconscious. This he derived from studying some primitive tribal cultures as well as other religious communities and found universal patterns of images. These images seemed to create themes that can be found in many myths, folktales and legends. Thus, the archetype became popular in literary analysis.

"Every man carries within him the eternal image of woman, not the image of this or that particular woman, but a definitive feminine image. This is...an imprint or "archetype" of all the ancestral experiences of the female, a deposit, as it were, of all the impressions ever made by women... since this image is unconscious, it is always unconsciously projected upon the person of the beloved, and is one of the cheif reasons for passionate attraction or aversion." (Jung, 1931b, p.138)

Some archetypal images for the animus (female's male side which is projected onto males we know) are the king, warrior, magician, the bewitched prince, the romantic poet, the ghostly lover, or the marauding pirate! :)

Sunday, November 02, 2003

And me island is born up out of the sea!!
She's quite the perty one too, in't she!
Ho hum and a bottle o' rum, a pirates life for me!! A pirate's life for me!!