Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Family Constellation Within Us
Within each one of us is a family constellation, mother, father, and child. We are all members of our own family, and when the members are communicating with each other, respecting each other and loving each other, we are free to love ourselves. The father in us protects and provides, the mother in us nurtures and creates, and the child (the integration of the parents) accepts, forgives and loves unconditionally. Some believe that an imbalance in our father/mother aspects is what creates duality, or opposition in our lives. Because each opposing side has the seed of the other side (sickness the seed of health, hate the seed of love, sorrow the seed of joy), finding ourselves in opposition is simply a reflection of this imbalance, and an invitation to restore balance by recognizing both aspects within us equally, thus giving birth to the child, and unconditionality (nonduality).
With the divine feminine and masculine in balance, the human self becomes and feels healed, whole, and complete. The harmonized human is one who has integrated, feels, and experiences the divine aspects of its true identity --- that of its attached divine, eternal, God-created soul with its Spark of God Within --- into its human self.
Our physical bodies reflect this model with our right and left polarity physiology. Several holistic medical models across the globe that are widely used today are based on the interplay of polarity. Left and right brain function, Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture, Naturopathy and the Chiropractic premise of Innate intelligence are just a few. In the Shamanic tradition, the archetypal wisdom of the inner landscape is paramount to understanding the wisdom of the soul. For when we begin to conceptualize the inner marriage of the masculine and feminine within, we begin to work in concert with the energetic laws of nature. What emerges is the essence of our true harmony, which, in the Shamanic tradition, mirrors where our personality (male) is in relationship to our soul’s (female) journey.
Why is it important for us to consider these things? Now more than ever we are barraged with stressors and data that distract us, confuse us, outrage us and pull us off balance. We have a struggling global economy, constantly changing technology, and medical and scientific paradigms shifting in ways that challenge everything we have ever been taught. These worldly influences change our workplace, our family dynamics, our relationships, our daily routines and our ability to think and feel our way through our days. Taking the time to contemplate the depth and simplicity of our own inner nature can be a spontaneous life changer.
Joseph Campbell tells us: “A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life.” Consider the Osiris/Isis/Horus within you. If you look, the father/mother/child constellation can be found in every mythological tradition. But the best place to find it is within you. Create your own myth of reconciling opposites and creating trinity.
What do YOU think?
Artwork by Sacha. Many thanks.