Figure/ground, form/energy, meanings . . .
“Where one is at” . . . Life Worlds within the Greater World.
Attentiveness. Moving it up a notch. Multifaceted. Discernment.
Beyond one’s “filters,” models of the world, the truer reality . . . “Existence” . . . an interactive field of meaning and knowledge, the Ground . . . the Essence, energy. There are many other more real, essential threads, flowing through.
Moving past the “apparent” . . . pulling it more together in various ways . . .
Taking it up a step . . . the figure/ground, analogous to being part of the bigger picture, like a jig saw puzzle, in which there can be multiple advanced combinations when one becomes active, or like a poem in which the words and phrases have many contributing meanings.
Being pinned down to that generic, colloquial internalization/externalization dialectic has its limitations . . . one can move beyond those filters, models of the world, and see for oneself, other possibilities . . .
With the focus of intent, it all becomes gathered up, everything becomes clearer and more colorful: one moves into a position of personal strength.
This level of discernment, self-awareness . . . like seeing an image in a mirror and knowing its you . . . but at an even higher level, in which one can feel from that image, know and be its actions.
Abstracting this image, sense of awareness, into lines of colors . . .
During another episode, day, I was involved with considerations of external events out there. When I thought, “What about me?,” I got this strange geometric shape, a pyramid with a sphere inside, with an uprising bowl on top! LOL! That was a first! Wow!
That energetic Shield, like a turtles back, which mother earth rests upon, and includes all the information about one’s life, lives . . . and more . . . like the pieces of a jig saw puzzle.
From this more intrinsic level, receiving comments . . . knowledgeable, active, discerning . . . .
“A different type of body” . . . got a rear profile, very angular, with a series of tiny lights on its left shoulder.
“Lets take a look” . . . this grey chaos differentiated into some creatures, a group of aliens, greys. From what I know they don’t like to be seen, for one is coming in at a higher level, too high.
I tried to see who was making the comments . . . got an image of this entity, human, with short hair . . . Jedi Knight.
Likewise, in a previous ordinary lucid dream, I was with a group of students struggling with some difficult studies, and when I presented the papers and stuff I was carrying, with some kind of title page on top, indecipherable, he could actually read it out.
In another activation, in which I was carrying those papers and stuff, walking with it between my two hands, I had the feeling of “this is amazing.” There was a spry woman wearing her space age coverings, like Star Trek. The future?
Was thinking later . . . the package . . . the newer order of work?
So, instead of just the Average Joe with his symbols, and the shadow, there is that further step, our intrinsic nature, interconnected, one with the universe, with access to all of our multifaceted orientations . . . activations of the Other Self.
This is how we seem to differ, and it sorts it out for me. You’ve also been trying to pin this down to something external, though that tends to be “generically symbolic, colloquial.”
Rather than being divided into two, my analogy with the figure/round is like being part of the bigger picture, the jig-saw puzzle. There can be more advanced combinations! I just needed something functional here, explaining how we are a part of the whole, as Carl Jung would say, and how to approach it.
The ways here are literal too, not just being hypothetical, metaphorical. Activations of the proper directions.
There was this image of a portrait of a woman showing up on a cereal box . . . kind of cartoonish I thought; but it was reoccurring, so I thought I should look into it. To my surprise, there was a switch into something more realistic: we were in this new space, fully there, at odd angles to each other, connecting with each other, as if we were in the air in skilled acrobatic positions, and with a sense of being with it, achievement.
Jung’s interest in the imaginal arose from his maternal side of the family who were into spiritualism, especially his mother. As a child, Jung sensed that he was in fact two different persons, called “Personality No. 1” (the young boy growing up in Klein Huningen near Basle) and “Personality No. 2” (the eternal and timeless side of himself, his own “other”). Moreover, in his childhood, Jung experienced several visual hallucinations. He appeared to have had the ability to evoke fantasies voluntarily. However, Jung in his youth did not always give so much weight to images as he did to the mental faculties of abstract thinking deeming them “thoroughly immoral from an intellectual viewpoint” (Jung, 1925/1989, p. 27). His conversion to holding images in positive regard had been so drastic that in his late life he attributed his creative work to the fantasies which he had in 1912: “Everything that I accomplished in later life was already contained in them, although at first only in the form of emotions and images” (Jung, 1963/1995, p. 217).
Cassar, Laner. Jung’s Technique of Active Imagination and Desoille’s Directed Waking Dream Method (Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies) (p. 13). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.