We may have inherited an antagonistic metaphorical system of “good vs. evil” from our culture, but this is not where our story ends. We have the power to change this story by changing our metaphors, which structure our ability to reason and think, and which, in turn, change the way we live and act.
The Void Mandala is a symbol for the respiration of “life & death”, “consciousness & the unconscious”, “self & non-self”, and “the individual & God”. Breathing with this mandala lets our life become a constant practice of maintaining balance through exploration – with each journey (there and back again) we move further and further into the spiritual dimension.
The individual who has come to understand life and death in respiration is able to be the caretaker of balance in the world.
The conceptual work of this book was merely preparation for the task; the real work of finding balance requires constant practice.
This chapter proposes that the same way in which the “hero’s journey” is just a metaphor for finding individual wholeness and balance, so too is individual wholeness a microcosm for creating wholeness and balance in the world.
The concept ‘Both, and yet Neither’ means a thing and its opposite are not contradictions, but rather superpositions.
This chapter explores death as the creative ocean of the unconscious, which is not ‘outside’ of life, but rather at its very heart.