Art and the Individuation Process: Art as Alchemy

This paper, which includes color pictures of some thirty-one [31] of my paintings, grew out of an exhibition of some of my art, held in Victoria BC in July and August, 2009. Following Jung, my art is a kind of active imagination, a meditative process meant for the sake of gaining consciousness for the sake of the Self, one’s totality. This is art as alchemy. Since my art is symbolic, the meaning of the images is not evident, particularly to viewers not used to the significance of symbolism.

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Master and Commander, the Movie

The movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany is a cinematic adaptation of two books, the first and the tenth, of a saga of twenty volumes by author Patrick O’Brian (Tom McGregor, 2003). I haven’t read the novels and, at first, found the movie to be excellent cinematography but not particularly interesting otherwise. However, as I let the image wash over my psyche, the story turned out to be more meaningful than was first apparent.

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September 11

Six months after the tragedy of September 11, and in order to commemorate the lives that were lost, beginning March 11 and lasting until April 11, 2002, two searchlights are sending powerful beams of blue light from a lot next to ground “0” in lower Manhattan vertically into the sky over New York. This is known as a Tribute in Light memorial and is intended to show peace and order after the chaos around the events of September 11. This can be justifiably seen as a fitting way, using modern technology, for a nation to honour those who lost their lives during this horrific incident.

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The Diana Phenomenon

In this essay I discuss the death of Princess Diana and the emotional reaction to her death. A number of remarkable synchronicities surrounded her demise that makes it seem like a collective dream or myth. I discuss and amplify this phenomenon. I also discuss what appears to be unfolding in the future. From a psychological perspective there is a need for individuals to assimilate projections made on Diana and what she stood for in their imagination, that is to say Eros and feeling values.

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