Erika – Chapter 7
February 23, 2011 § 6 Comments
I love this line from page 82: “The Elements are really spiritual essences and originate in the higher realm Above, where they represent perfect images or cosmic ideals.” Plato described them as “idea-forms.” I’ve always thought of them as blueprints. Many names, same gist. The popular manifestation teachings (e.g. Law of Attraction, Abraham-Hicks, The Secret, etc.) have made accessible the hermetic maxim “As above so below.” Journeying from the quintessential, etheric thought or idea to its physically formed structure has been greatly de-mystified, and I think that’s wonderful.
[Side-note: Maybe we can find/create ways to get other noble ideas into the mainstream market. Can you imagine wisdom or sustainability going viral?]
From the beginning of this study, I said my intent was informal and non-academic. I wanted to learn how to apply alchemical principles to bring about transformation in my life, here and now. The Square of Opposition on page 86 gives that chance. It’s a simple map to a balanced temperament. My nature is dominantly Air, and I have long known my need for groundedness… earthiness. I agree with Jung’s observation that a balancing of the elements is integrative work. Probably for the duration of my lifetime. I was surprised to learn that “we can only move around and not across the Square of Opposition… direct transformation of opposing Elements into one another is not possible.” This is an incredibly helpful insight to/for me. Did any of you work with the Square?
Matter in its most basic form.
All while enjoying this chapter, I kept hearing Carl Sagan’s famous words in my head and heart, “We’re made of star stuff.” Since I didn’t get my own video reflection prepared this week, I’ll offer this instead for your stellar pondering 😉