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THE CREATIVE MIND PLAYS

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Carl Gustav Jung ( 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.  The central concept of analytical psychology is individuation – the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative autonomy.  Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development.

CATS AND MICE AND GODLESS PARASITES

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ichneumonidae__phrudinae“I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.”

~  Charles Darwin, letter to Asa Gray, May 22, 1860

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Female_Ichneumon_xanthoriusIchneumonidae is a family of parasitic wasps, and one of my particular research interests.  If you’ve never heard of a parasitic wasp before, think chest-burster from Alien, but for insects. A more scientific definition is that parasitoid wasps lay their eggs inside or on top of other insects; those eggs then grow and develop by feeding on their host’s tissue, resulting in the eventual death of the host.  Estimates of the total species range from 60,000 to over 100,000.

RESOLUTION IN THE ETERNAL NOW

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION 2014

YOU ARE A SOURCE OF CREATION.
ADMIRE THE ROLES YOU PLAY IN THE GAMES OF THE ETERNAL NOW.

PLAY THE PARTS WORTHY OF YOUR ABILITY, YOUR SANITY AND YOUR SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY.

TIME IS CHANGE; ALL THINGS PASS. WE ENDURE THE FUTURE WE CREATE. LOVE OF PLAY IS OUR DESTINY.
LIFE IS THE GAME WE PLAY.

— Lawrence R. Spencer, 2013 —

NO THING GAMES

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Before the Beginning I was No Thing: 
a Source of Awareness, of Being, of Universes.
Thought, ideas, emotion, objects and time are Things I conceived.
I agreed to play a game in which No Things became Things.  
We played and betrayed ourselves 
into an unrelenting void of shivering dark
and incandescent light.  
In my basest state, a human being, 
I am a Warrior of Survival: 
a game that grinds every soul into dust.
I have lost the game. We have defeated ourselves.
The physical universe is not our home.  
I, alone, am the Source of Serenity
in the Icy Flames of Eternity. 
Remember who we are:  
No Thing.
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by Lawrence R. Spencer. 2012.