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My Meander

via Daily Prompt: Meander


The Warren River meanders for only 137 kms from its orign at the Tone and Perup Rivers near Manjimup and Pemberton, and down to the Southern Ocean, but it is one of the beautiful rivers of the south west. This photo is from Moon’s Crossing, near the public campsite, the last of the mist is still palpable, the glassy water a beautiful, reflective mirror. So peaceful, so inspiring.

Author, among many succesful charisms, Toni Morrison once said: “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”

The great (well I think he was great) poet TS Eliot wrote in his work ‘Little Gidding’ “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Neither is talking just about geography. They are addressing the inner life. Neither is being ironic, nor negative, or limited in their thinking. The yearning to return to the place we began is not to go backwards, but rather to appreciate in greater depth the journey to self. Such a journey is one of self discovery, the opening of the heart, even to pain and disappointment, the discovery of limitation, love and also otherness, to appreciate beauty in all forms, to know passion, to know oneness.

As we meander through life we do, at times, inwardly yearn to make sense of it all, even in the present moment. Eliot captures this briliantly. We return to where we began, but with new eyes, new insight. Because we cannot leave ourselves, we can only see with new eyes, experiences on the journey are all about arriving at self but with a completely new view framed and underpinned by our experiences. Which Proust famously pointed out when he said: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” By which he meant new inner eyes. I am who I am, but the journey opens me to the possibility of new insights and discoveries of self which enable growth and change. My new horizons come from how I engage with life, love, nature, realtionships, disappoinments, passion, and find fulfilment in expression as I continue to meander through each day. It is then I know something new about myself or some experience, some feeling, for the first time. That moment of epiphany is potent, difficult to articulate, and at times overwhelming in its beauty, as much as its formative pain.




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Imaginary (It isn’t hard to do)

via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

Image is the root word, so imaginary is an image only in the mind, not real.

Some people recount having had an imaginary friend as a child. I never did. However, I did use my imagination in other ways. I had, for a short time, an imaginary place, a jungle. It was simply (on our large block) my father’s overgrown veggie patch where I hunted tigers and lions and camped. I also remember lying on the grass, looking up and seeing all sorts of things in clouds (I still do).

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is a profound movie. Though dark and confronting, it shows how we use imagination, how the imaginary works, how it can be an insight into our self.

Both Freud and Jung worked positively with the imagination, as with dreams, it is a key or gateway to the inner workings of a person. the imaginary always lilnks to something real, something experienced, something known.

The imaginary fires creativity too, design, art, film making, writing, engineering, play, all use imagination.

In that sense, imaginary may be, on the surface or to the untrained person, not real. But to the insighful and the aware, the imaginary is an insight to the workings of the self and a portal to creativity for all ages.


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