The goddess Sophrosyne (part 2)

Soprosyne

Part 2 of an article in two parts ‘Sophrosyne is the greatest virtue, and wisdom is speaking and acting the truth, paying heed to the nature of things.’ – Heraclitus, fragment 112 In the first part of this article, we explored the many-sidedness of sophrosyne and the necessity to honour this many-sidedness if we are to utilise its power for personal transformation. We looked at how our culture has a tendency to violate such archetypal complexities through its insistence on one-sided rational concepts. We also saw how an essential part of this practice involves opening ourselves to more deeply experience the natural tensions inherent to […]

The goddess Sophrosyne (part 1)

sophrosyne

Part 1 of an article in two parts ‘Sophrosyne is the greatest virtue, and wisdom is speaking and acting the truth, paying heed to the nature of things.’ – Heraclitus, fragment 112 It’s all about balance It happens fairly often. Inside ourselves or in others while in conversation with them, or when we’re alone. Suddenly a light goes on, a flash of insight hits home. With relief and perhaps a satisfied smile, we feel and we say, ‘ah, so it’s all a matter of balance then.’ As if we have found the one key that is so essential. As if in the end, the freedom […]

Ruminations on ‘God’

On God

‘Theology takes Gods literally and we do not. In archetypal psychology Gods are imagined. They are formulated ambiguously, as metaphors for modes of experience…. They are the lords of the soul’s realms of being…. The soul cannot be, except in one of their patterns. All psychic reality is governed by one or another archetypal fantasy, given sanction by a God. I cannot but be in them.’ – James Hillman, from Re-Visioning Psychology When we truly hear the above quote from James Hillman, we ‘see’ that we cannot speak of soul without attending to the meaning of ‘God’. It means Psychology inevitably dances intimately with Theology. […]