" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

September 22, 2017

Something Fishy in the Collective Unconscious?

I've been working on a post about goldfish and saw this news story this morning about dumped goldfish growing to monstrous proportions in Australian waterways -
Salt-resistant goldfish found in rivers prompt biologist to issue warning
"Dumped pet goldfish have been found in Australian estuaries, prompting fears the fish could make their way into connected river systems and kill off native species.
Last year, scientists from the same university discovered giant, football-sized goldfish weighing more than two kilograms stalking the waterways.
Now new research has revealed the invasive species are living in salt water, which means they can travel between river systems and colonise more ecosystems.

I've always used the goldfish in a bowl as a mascot for my blog since day dot, because I've always felt like a goldfish looking out at a f#cked up, although mysteriously strange and beautiful world and feeling that I don't really belong in this world and that I'm just an observer.
I guess it all stems back to when I owned two goldfish in a bowl that I had won from the Brisbane Ekka.
That goldfish article above was written by William McInnes, who happens to have a gold frame on the Redcliffe "Walk of Fame", which I wrote about in this post -
Successful Whale Watching Thought Experiment...or Just a Big Coincidence?
At first it seemed like a novelty to own fish and feed them every day with fish-food, but the novelty soon whore off and every now and then when I would watch TV I would glance over at the goldfish bowl and think just why do people keep fish trapped in glass bowls to look out at the bizarre world of their captors and probably bored out of their brains?
I vowed then that fish should be free to swim where they liked and not be trapped in bowls, so I turned against the "owning" of any animal that was captive to a great extent like birds, fish, etc.
This Is Water: David Foster Wallace
"Proof of the existence of a collective unconscious, and insight into its nature, could be gleaned primarily from dreams and from active imagination, a waking exploration of fantasy.
Jung considered that 'the shadow' and the anima and animus differ from the other archetypes in the fact that their content is more directly related to the individual's personal situation'.
These archetypes, a special focus of Jung's work, become autonomous personalities within an individual psyche.
Jung encouraged direct conscious dialogue of the patient's with these personalities within.
While the shadow usually personifies the personal unconscious, the anima or the Wise Old Man can act as representatives of the collective unconscious."
"Jung suggested that parapsychology, alchemy, and occult religious ideas could contribute understanding of the collective unconscious.
Based on his interpretation of synchronicity and
extra-sensory perception, Jung argued that psychic activity transcended the brain.
In alchemy, Jung found that plain water, or seawater, corresponded to his concept of the collective unconscious.
In humans, the psyche mediates between the primal force of the collective unconscious and the experience of consciousness or dream.
Therefore, symbols may require interpretation before they can be understood as archetypes.
Jung writes:
We have only to disregard the dependence of dream language on environment and substitute "eagle" for "aeroplane," "dragon" for "automobile" or "train," "snake-bite" for "injection," and so forth, in order to arrive at the more universal and more fundamental language of mythology.
This give us access to the primordial images that underlie all thinking and have a considerable influence even on our scientific ideas.
A single archetype can manifest in many different ways.
Regarding the Mother archetype, Jung suggests that not only can it apply to mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and mothers in mythology, but to various concepts, places, objects, and animals:
Other symbols of the mother in a figurative sense appear in things representing the goal of our longing for redemption, such as Paradise, the Kingdom of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Many things arousing devotion or feelings of awe, as for instance the Church, university, city or country, heaven, earth, the woods, the sea or any still waters, matter even, the underworld and the moon, can be mother-symbols.
The archetype is often associated with things and places standing for fertility and fruitfulness: the cornucopia, a ploughed field, a garden.
It can be attached to a rock, a cave, a tree, a spring, a deep well, or to various vessels such as the baptismal font, or to vessel-shaped flowers like the rose or the lotus.
Because of the protection it implies, the magic circle or mandala can be a form of mother archetype.
Hollow objects such as ovens or cooking vessels are associated with the mother archetype, and, of course, the uterus, yoni, and anything of a like shape.
Added to this list there are many animals, such as the cow, hare, and helpful animals in general."
Lifeboats, Flying Fish and the Sea of the Subconscious
A real life flying fish
Skye Whales Synchronicities and Catching the Big Fish

September 21, 2017

An Arrow, I Awake

Symbolic arrows have been coming at me from all directions lately in a synchronistic sense.

I've been listening to Sarah Blasko's album 'I Awake' since I bought a copy off her during the Byron Writer's Festival and I have especially been listening to one of the songs off it, 'An Arrow' the past few days as my mind has turned to Zen and archery.
Although only in a mental sense, since I don't own a bow and arrow to physically practice with.
Funny thing was this morning I was reading this blog-post above about the new 'Tomb Raider' trailer while I was listening to
Sarah Blasko's 'An Arrow' and noticed the arrow flying through the 'Tomb Raider' title on the You Tube and poster for the movie.
The Light Between Oceans
I bought Sarah's album the night I saw her playing piano and singing songs for the show 'Bedtime Stories' at the
Byron Bay Community Centre on the Saturday night of the writer's festival.
I went to see this show not because of Sarah being in it, but because John Safran was in it and last year his show at the BBCC was sold out before I could get a ticket and since I was staying down in Byron Bay for the weekend, I figured seeing this show would kill a Saturday night and give me an excuse to walk into town and look around.
It was lucky for me that John's show was sold out last year though, as I never would have gone to see Richard Clapton's show if John's show wasn't -
The Best Years of Our Lives?
Were my eyes deceiving me, or was that really a storm-trooper on the streets of Byron?  
No, it was a storm-trooper alright and a few AI dancing buddies attacking my wallet
Sarah Blasko singing in 'Bedtime Stories' while John Safran and gang listen
John Safran on mike with Erik Jensen, Jennifer Down and Hannah Kent listening on
I'm in the middle of John's new book at the moment, but since I didn't bring the book with me on Saturday night I got him to sign Sarah's CD cover.
His is the "I'm not Blasko!" signature pictured on the cover in the photo back up at the top of this post.
Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby at 'The Music Makers' talk on the Sunday
Sarah's talk pictured above was the last talk I attended at the BWF for 2017 and with the arrow theme of this post I thought it was rather ironic now that one of the last photos I took was of the sun setting over a tee-pee that was on the festival grounds.
And one thing that I didn't know until writing this post was that I share the same birthday with Sarah, but I'm 12 years older.
Which means that we are both also Dragons.


Great podcast by Noah Lampert talking to Luke Storey over at the Synchronicity podcast site and being the Year of the Fire Rooster I have to warn listeners that there may be some FOWL LANGUAGE scattered throughout.
Luke’s podcast site