Consciousness

Reflections from Bone:Dying into Life by Marion Woodman

“… without consciousness there is no hope for the world.” (Woodman, 2000, pg. 7)

“… consciousness comes both through spirit and through matter, Jung’s psychosis archetype.” (Woodman, 2000, pg. 8)

“…head consciousness does not necessarily release my body consciousness.” (Woodman, 2000, pg. 8)

My reflection*: I have now long thought that the purpose of life is to become increasingly conscious. I think it is imperative for the future of humanity. I fear that the times we are living in plays this out. In my estimation, the people who are making decisions that impact the lives of society as a whole must be people of increased levels of consciousness for us to evolve. Unfortunately, many of these people are not only unconscious, but remain stubbornly so and as a result we are where we are in this moment. I keep thinking that we need to build to a critical mass of consciousness while understanding that not everyone will be able to do so. On a personal level, I have experienced the split between head and body consciousness. There are many times I could understand what was going on cognitively (like getting caught in a complex), but that did not seem to have an impact on my bodily experience — just because I understood something did not seem to make it feel any better …. or to make it dissipate.

Woodman, M. (2000). Bone: Dying into Life. Penguin Books.

*This reflection was first published in a Facebook Group entitled BodySoul Rhythms – Continuing the Legacy of Marion Woodman

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