As usual, I checked with Emma about the use of some of her photos. She submitted a few images which I hope will put a face on the feminine psyche. Now, just exactly do I mean when I say the feminine psyche?
Well, first things first. The feminine psyche isn’t a woman, and it isn’t a man. The psyche is the sum total of the conscious and unconscious aspects of “self.” Often, the word psyche is translated to “spirit” and/or “soul.” That aside, I simply want to keep it simple – self.
Recently I had a DNA analysis done, well actually two separate DNA tests. The first was to answer one particular question: Do I have any First Nations ancestry? That test came back with a positive result. Hidden within, beneath the level of conscious awareness, the DNA tells a story that is bigger than the me I know. The DNA confirms what I intuitively knew and added a twist that seems to answer a question I hadn’t yet asked of myself.
A second DNA test was more open-ended in intent and the results were more surprising. Well, to be honest, my research had more than hinted at what the test stated as shown in the image to the right. This area of Britain, France, and northwestern Europe appears to be my dominant ancestral homeland.
But before I go one, I want to remind you, and myself, that this isn’t about DNA, but about trying to uncover/discover just who one is beneath the ego and conscious exterior of self. Each of us has the ancestral past influencing us physiologically and psychologically beneath the level of our consciousness. That ancestral past includes all of the men and the women of that past. Too often we tend to only follow the paternal links in trying to trace our roots.
Within each of us lies the roots that both paternal and maternal whether we like that truth or not. Our unconscious knows the psychic energy of both as the feminine and masculine self. Only the energy of these ancestors remain, coded into each of us as archetypes. Go back far enough, to beginnings, and what emerges is the union of the masculine and feminine which creates a separate and somewhat conscious being. Return to the present and we arrive at self, a separate and somewhat conscious being.
Daring to look within and acknowledge the truth that we are not really all that separate from each other, daring to strip off all of our camouflage and deceits, we can arrive at a measure of self-awareness which in turn frees us.
Being clothing free allows one to confront the self in a particularly vulnerable manner. Seeing the self without coverings is for most, a painful reminder that we are more than a mind. Our bodies, like our unconscious contents, force us to be honest should we dare to be naked and vulnerable. This final image of Emma clearly shows us just how liberating it truly is to come out from hiding and denying.
Dare to ask and then do the work to uncover the answers waiting for you to begin your own heroic journey of self-discovery.