Fishbowls

5/23/2017  <Becoming Fully Human ,  IndividuationConsciousnessSelf realization, Socrates’s “Know Thyself”>: SEO will recognize all these terms as anchors of integrity.

About Becoming Fully Human

Darling, we must respect all humans, for we were all born naked.
What happens after we start wearing clothes, who knows.
-Vivienne DuBois to her daughter in Sacred Marriage-Monks and Nuns in Love

I want to tell you, I was like a WASP in a fishbowl when I swam in the circles of upper class White Anglo Saxon Protestants, some of whom were among the 12% “whites” living here on the border of Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  I use “fishbowl” as a metaphor for my own chosen insularity–in my case, my social class of privilege.

My experience of fishbowls is mine, and yours is yours.  If I generalize my WASPhood, fellow WASPs will understand the cultural nuances.  Not so the Mexican Folk Culture where witches, demons, and spirits are literal citizens of the pobres–the poor ones–magical world, which, by the way, tends to be insular, also.   WASP and pobre:  one would think “never the twain shall meet as friends.”  But I’ve lived in that magical world. I’ve slept with their spirits.

Whatever your demographics, If you are a decent human, integrity is important to you.  Psychological integrity takes pulling together unrecognized pieces of yourself from the psyche to build a stronger personality.  Sometimes C. G. Jung refers to the psyche as the soul; and the soul can be described as the earthly up-welling of The Source (or the Collective Unconscious).

It’s unlikely you will find all forsaken pieces of yourself within your own fishbowl.  But you can’t just go flip-flopping in and out of fishbowls either, looking for fractions of yourself.  What you need are tools of transcendence–something to help you rise above the rim of the fishbowl so you can observe things from a higher perspective, perhaps magical things you never knew existed. I can show you the tools that helped me approach the numinous.  Journaling, Jungian theory, Midlife Crisis, and Communion with The Other in a strange land.  But happily, these are just a few tools that are really templates to be laid over any human’s life navigation.

For it’s the hero’s/heroine’s exploration and delight in adventure that makes life a quest. And we’re all heros/heroines of our own story if we’re intentional about the whole thing. Importantly, you don’t have to quest to Tibet or to Egypt or to the Antarctic.  You can quest as far as you like in the imagination (and on Internet 🙂 ) with good results for Becoming Fully Human.

To Become Fully Human means to Individuate, and Individuation is not an easy quest, because it requires Consciousness. And Consciousness is bigger than all of us, for it’s not open to census-taking.  Once you’ve taken the bait tossed into your fishbowl (my bait was midlife crisis); and once you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t want to wiggle off the hook, you begin to understand how Becoming Fully Human is not a selfish thing, but a responsibility to humankind we all share.

Truth is, today I’m about 3/4 fully human. Yesterday I was 3/8. Both better than 100% fish.  And, let me tell you, I’ve seen things.

What’s in your fishbowl?