Exploring Easter Island – Day 5 – Part 1

Travelogue – Highlights of Day 5 – Rapa Nui: Rano Raraku Crater and Lake, Papa Vaka Petroglyphs and Garden and Paro the fallen Moai at Te Pito Kura Day 5 (Part 1) I woke up at about 3am and something was amiss. It was quiet outside. The stormy weather had died down. This could just be a lull I thought, but what if it holds? I reset my alarm and went back to sleep, holding thumbs. I was up early. […]

Building The New World Within (8) – Groundhog Day Revisited

In this second half of the analysis of the film Groundhog Day [1], we will look closely at Phil’s transition and personal transformation. The first half can be read here: Part 6. Shortly before Phil decides to “check-out of life” multiple times over, we see him once again about to report on the Groundhog festival, with his comments to Larry and Rita being: “This is pitiful, a thousand people, freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat. What hype!” […]

Building the New World Within (7) – Two Streams

In the context of Groundhog Day, after having reviewed the first part of the film, it is worth contemplating at this point where we are right now, as a society. Or rather, who we are right now. And it’s not too difficult to come to the conclusion that in most of the modern world today we very much resemble Phil Connors in the restaurant, stuffing our faces with cake – and enjoying it! Not only is this approach promoted in […]

Building the New World Within (6) – Groundhog Day

In the 1993 film, Groundhog Day, by writer Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray plays the role of a television weatherman, Phil Connors, who gets stuck in a small town due to strange circumstances, a situation which ultimately leads to his individuation and personal transformation. The underlying theme of individuation is incredibly strong throughout the film, but is dealt with in such a light-hearted manner that elements of it could easily be missed. To illustrate how the individuation […]

Building the New World Within (5) – Fox-like Shenanigans

Folklore has the purpose of educating us about the real world as we grow up. It helps children become aware of archetypes in relation to the nature of people. When they then come across such characters in real life, they won’t be completely new to them. On that note, we now visit an as-yet unexplored part of the Chicken Little fable. Not unlike the protagonists of many children’s fables, Chicken Little inadvertently “fell under the spell” of the proverbial wolf […]

Building the New World Within (4) – The Inside Story

This brings us back to the story of Chicken Little and the metaphors within. Chicken Little is merrily strolling in the forest when something (an acorn) falls on her head. She doesn’t look up. She doesn’t investigate to see what it is. She gets frightened instead of directing her attention to where the hint came from. She panics and decides to warn everyone she comes across that “the sky is falling!” Her hysteria is transferred to the others and they […]

Building the New World Within (3) – Individuation

What is individuation? In a nutshell, it is purposeful personal growth. According to Jung, individuation is a lifetime’s work while being at the same time a natural process of maturing. The idea is for an individual to enhance and deepen this process by consciously working on the unconscious, the unexplored parts of our personality and character. This would lead us to our authentic selves by discovering, or rather uncovering, the real self as opposed to the ego-self, which we usually […]

Building The New World Within (2) – Archetypes

When we explore folklore and mythology we realise that history is replete with symbols and images of cataclysm, disaster, wholesale destruction and apocalypse. Let’s consider the ancient and well known tale of Henny Penny also known as Chicken Little, found in many countries around the world. The phrase “The sky is falling!” originates from this fable. This idiom points to the mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. In Ireland the fable is aptly titled: The end of the world. The […]

Authentic Treedom

People are like trees. Depending on the forest, they are all similar, yet different. In very many forests the trees are so similar that the odd trees really stand out. These are the trees we are drawn to, to find shade under, or talk to, or confide in, or share our dreams and thoughts with. Often it’s just good to know that there are trees which can be trusted to be different. In most forests authentic growth is not permitted. […]

Building the New World Within (1) – Introduction

Introduction “World without end”. We find this phrase in various religious scriptures and prayers, including Catholicism and Rastafarianism. It is a Doxology and it means forever. “Forever” is not dependent on the planet or the solar system or the galaxy. Neither does it depend on whether there is a concept of time or space. Nor on humans, or humanity and no species is guaranteed to be around forever. The end of the world theme has been a human pre-occupation for […]

The Circles and Spirals of Life

It could be said that our life cycles include Circles and Spirals. Circles can become Spirals and Spirals can become Circles. There are two types of Circles: The ones we need to transcend: Circles which need to become Spirals. The ones we have already transcended: Spirals which have become Circles. The latter cause us no stress. They keep us grounded and give us balance and guidance. They form our foundations. The Circles we need to convert into Spirals can keep […]

Intermission

  You have to return eventually, To see everything differently. To see what you see differently. And how you see it differently. Due to having gone away. Old points of reference Faded through absence Return to conscience And highlights the essence Of what you have transcended Compared with if you had stayed This place is not the same But its from where you came Similar, but only in name Or is it rather who you became Will what you have […]

Beyond Borders

We all have our own personal journey, yet I would like to propose that evolving is part of everyone’s path. Going beyond geographical borders is as easy as buying travel tickets, but not everybody is affected by the process in the same way. We don’t all travel for the same reasons and we are not all here for the same reasons. Or are we? Unlike other species, our self awareness, consciousness and a certain sense of being part of something […]

Safer than Houses

The long term traveller makes short term investments in short to medium term experiences. During the investment period, short term loss of income may occur, but the long term profits are immeasurable  and immense. Even the shortest experiences yield high returns of knowledge and continuously pay out  dividends in the form of memories. The traveller’s assets are of a non-tangible nature, deposited safely within his mind and soul. His or her assets of experience cannot be eroded, diminished, transferred or […]

Let me tell you an Irish story

DUBLIN I arrived on a shoestring and found this little youth hostel on top of Doran’s Pub in Marlborough Street. It was downtown North Side, the area was seedy, but the place was affordable and reasonably clean. I ended up in a dorm room with 13 other blokes, with complimentary smelly socks and deep thunderous snoring at night. The lifestyles of the lads were work hard and play hard, building construction by day and 101 pints by night. During the […]