Thursday, December 19, 2013

Attuning (interacting with others)

“The first half of life is spent mainly in finding out who we are through seeing ourselves in our interaction with others.” ~ Dr.June Singer, Clinical psychologist and writer who taught at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto and was a member of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco

The key elements of attuning consist of the following:

  • Immediacy (motivators, mining, and timing)
  • Matching (mutual understanding, trust, and respect)
  • Approach (interests, positions, and principles)

In his book, "The Undiscovered Self" author C. G. Jung explains that "the individual in his dissociated state needs a directing and ordering principle.“

Ego-consciousness would like to let its own will play this role, but overlooks the existence of powerful unconscious factors which thwart its intentions. If it wants to reach the goal of synthesis, it must first get to know the nature of these factors.

It must experience them, or else it must possess a numinous symbol that expresses them and conduces to synthesis.

The symbol a living thing that carries in itself the seeds of further development.

For exploratory purposes, I have attempted to create such a symbol. First, this symbol is meant to illustrate a non-linear, integrated process in which the whole is greater than its separate components. Second, the purpose behind the design of this symbol is to illustrate the vision that "human flourishing", "being in the zone" or "deep calm" is achievable when an individual is able to reach their mind, body and spirit balance. The initial inner experience along with discovering how to deliberately return to this state of being is largely unique, the measure of passion, and an inherent responsibility for every person.

The essential framework for this activity is described most adequately in "As a Man Thinketh" written by James Allen; Man is made or unmade by himself, in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; if he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true applications of thought man ascends to the Divine Perfection, by the abuse, and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character and man is their maker and master.

Jon Dunnemann