Saturday, August 08, 2009

Heart's Shadow Mandala

Heart's Shadow MandalaHeart's Shadow (Circles of Awareness Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image - Venus flytrap

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious ~ C. G. Jung
venus flytrap
Am I the only one who finds carniverous plants fascinating? Venus flytraps actually are efficient and well designed specimens. When an insect crawls on the plant and triggers hairs on the inside of the trap twice in succession, the trap closes and the bug is digested. This mechanism is an energy conserving device that keeps the plant from shutting when something like a raindrop hits its surface. (If you click on the image of the plant, you will see an itty-bitty slug crawling along the surface. I wonder if it was dinner later?)

Conserving the energy of the heart, though, is a coping mechanism that leaves us malnourished. How many of us go through life holding onto the events from our past that certainly influenced our development but really have nothing to do with who we are?

I am learning that by loving and forgiving those shadows of my past and let them go, the more I am able to love, stay open and become the person I was born to be. I will be bringing this darkness conscious for the rest of my earthbound life. It is so worth it.

How about you?

Peace Mandala



healingmagichands said...

Oh, this is something I need to work on. Holding onto events that influenced my development is something that has involved quite a lot of energy. The problem is discerning who I really am, and knowing the difference between those events that changed my perception of that and what that really is. As you have discovered, it is a process of learning that is consuming and difficult. I'm not positive that I will ever be able to complete the task, but I haven't quit trying yet.

John said...

help me these jaws are closing - pitcher that

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful mandala, and I've been back here several times just to look at it.

I am drawn to the darkness of it as well, and love that it is a Venus fly trap. I too work with bringing what was unconscious into consciousness, and well appreciate your wise words here.