The Poetics of Light #14



The Dark Earth of our Being


The beginning of this series starts here


      Now with the Principles of Light, I had a viable vocabulary and a new unifying language to draw from. All the seemingly random aspects of archetypal perception began to fall into a complex discordant pattern. For our purposes here we begin simply, with how they originated and what they are, for the archetypes of traumatic experience are a human creation.

           To unravel the complexities of archetypal perception takes a far reaching patience and a self-nurturing heart. Just like the tending of a seed as it grows, we place this seed into the dark earth of our beings and enter the mystery.


“Opening the veil

Seeing the patterns…

Trees growing tall block the sun.

A lone seedling emerging needing strong roots

Digging deeper to find them”


          As I was building and piecing together the random parts of this puzzle, I recalled our early work in the dialogues which had focused on how human perception has shifted collectively to a progressive time oriented perception. Of how our aggressive cultural determination and inclination towards hierarchical structure upholds and reinforces the patterns of cause and effect.

          I considered the species hierarchy that has been cultivated and continues to be maintained creating our belief that we have an absolute physical and spiritual dominion over nature. I considered the human inclination to think of ourselves abstractly as observers rather than direct participants, with intellectual curiosity but also with an agenda. Of how this perceptual time orientation encourages us to measure our relationships with respect to everything outside of ourselves… often including our most intimate relationships. Of how this collective perception fosters and reinforces alienation and separation, not only from the rest of the intelligent life we coexist with, but also personally within ourselves. How as our cultures developed and our populations grew, in a desire to secure a predictable future, we have too frequently been subject to a violent and manipulative history, particularly within our own species but also towards everything that might serve our purposes in the natural world.


“The garden is overgrowing

with fresh blood flowing”


           In the dialogues we now discussed how this perception, based on the progressive perception of time rather than a perception based in relationship, led to extreme acts against life. How systematically within our own species, through wars, genocide, deprivation and actions of hatred, violence, greed and indifference, there have been long periods when incomprehensible numbers of human beings have collectively experienced a common trauma consistently, often throughout the entire duration of their lives.

          This great collective human suffering without benefit of healing, all encompassing beyond personal endurance, beyond seeming redemption due to the indoctrination of separation, the consistency of this collective human suffering itself created the archetypes of human traumatic experience.

          The magnitude of this collective traumatic suffering was dominant enough within the Continuum to form archetypes of traumatic experience that remain attendant only to the human frequency. Empathy is our memory of, but also our empathic connection with the velocity of the archetypes of traumatic experience held in our species frequency.  Our empathic sense developed for the sole purpose of encompassing this relationship.

          In this period of our history there are seven different human archetypes of traumatic experience. Together and combined they encompass the history of the collective suffering of mankind. Since we are consistently violent within our own species, in this one act we created the initial archetype… a person who has been injured by another human being.

           Our consistent history of violence, our adherence to a perceptual time continuum, and the cause and effect imbalance this continually promotes within the Continuum of Life, have all created the conditions for the addition of six other archetypal situations. Together they are…


A person who has been injured by another human being.

A person who has been sexually abused.

A person who is living in harsh conditions inimical to life.

A person who has experienced a life threatening physical condition.

A person who has experienced an epidemic disease.

A person who has been injured in a natural disaster or weather related incident.

A person who has inherited a life altering condition or disease at birth.


           The archetypes themselves, in their infinite variety of possible personal expression are however, without physical structure. It is perhaps because the archetypes are without physical structure that our relationship with them has remained shadowed. We are aware of this relationship though. This depth of traumatic memory permeates our experience. We have simply given it other names, other faces, and a wide variety of other expressions. We create art, movies, stories, myths, cultural taboos and spiritual/religious counterparts to give definition to our intuitive understandings.

           Although our relationship with the archetypes is most relevant concerning the archetypal traumas incurred in our every day lives, it is compounded by our empathic memories of unresolved traumatic experience that manifests initially as the inherent vulnerabilities we are born with. Here a paradox arises. Within the Continuum of Life existence itself and creative relevancy resides in the present moment. How is it then possible to remain vulnerable to unconscious unresolved trauma that was experienced in another time? How are we able to bring in the memories of unresolved suffering from another life? And since this is generally unconscious, what can we be expected to do about it?

          Within the Continuum, everything that exists has equal value. The integral and operative expression of this equality is compassion. Since Light has total memory of itself in existence within the infinite variety of its manifest forms in both structure and velocity, and reciprocally maintains a balancing within itself, the reciprocal resonance within the holographic whole is relative to the inherent strengths within the archetypes.


“Each moment within the Continuum holds no measure.

We ourselves

filter our past unresolved unconscious memories

through the lens of active perception

until healed.”


          The uniquely personal strengths inherent in the archetypes are acquired by responding to life in each moment rather than empathically reacting to the cause and effect patterns of the archetypes. Even without knowing the details of our past archetypal suffering, life gives us every opportunity to acquire the strengths needed, if when we are the most vulnerable we are present to the insights afforded by trusting in resonant relationship.

           It is truly an act of courage since the world continues to be active and subject to the negative and fear based reinforcement of the patterns of cause and effect. Since this includes an ingrained indifference to the suffering of others, our fears may be based realistically in the reality of our situation compounding our vulnerabilities or in adding and layering new traumatic challenges. The insights afforded by a personal response, rather than reaction to a threat, assists us in navigating these more turbulent waters.

           As empathy matures we are motivated instead by personal resilience as we witness and experience the persistence of violence that we are exposed to daily… without turning away. We become participants in a conscious, compassionate perceptual revolution. 

          Through this response we are then able to acquire the strengths needed to be fully present no mater what this asks of us… and gaining these strengths? This becomes our Path of Healing.



© Jana H. White

Photo:  © LeDoux Provosty


8 responses

    • An oscillation…. and at times I waver then rally, waver then rally. Good thing I’ve been a gardener. All that activity unseen and under my feet. It’s a more fertile metaphor I hold close. Thanks Chris….

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  1. jana, your postings are so complex that i often feel inadequate to make a helpful response. but i can take this statement, “the consistency of this collective human suffering itself,” and say that i absolutely understand it, from what i have felt and what i have witnessed in others. and i also can see how being “able to acquire the strengths needed to be fully present” is important.

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    • Thank you Michael…if this is clear to you personally then we are not hopelessly adrift in complexity here. I don’t honestly know how else to convey in writing what I’m compelled to share. It could so easily just become words on a page. It’s continually challenging, and as I’ve mentioned before…..what I experience is the words carry meaning through relationship which is the other challenging aspect of communication through words flat on a page. What you have just shared is immensely encouraging. Thank you for this!

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  2. in my corner of the room, where I have only just noticed the shutters ajar and am wondering if I dare push them further apart, this readsonated (yes, clumsily sic) for me as the dynamics of past lifetimes, the operation of karma, rebirths of exact measure to the (in the case of this present article) traumas round which they coalesce (but then also, by extension, the ‘healings’ of relationship which precipitate fortuitous experiences within life), the balance necessary between doing in spiritual activity (ethical hold, counting, checking, collecting etc. … what is called the Method Paths in my tradition, the cause and effect activities which iron-out/comb-through the tangle of karmic legacy, but which can so easily become solidifying of the local point of ‘Self’ … selfish) and being (insight through the world of appearences into their empty nature which enables them to appear … called the Wisdom Path, which can so easily become a reckless denial of cause and effect and an extreme of Self-ish-ness; the way through as a Path which will either aggravate the karma, or heal it; this article enforms (yep, another sic) a practice I am newly making every morning, for which, you, Jana, are becoming part of my co-Sangha; thank you my 6-fingered, 4-thumbed sister

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    • Mark! I am most pleasantly overwhelmed by your response (and I rarely, if ever? use expressions like this) Your way of expression cracks me up in the best of ways. On first reading my eyes leaked. (so spontaneous) felt a bit like a stone was removed from a rivulet now let streaming…

      ‘Readsonated’ is the perfect word for responding to a narrative of words words words. I am now working on this in preparation to self-publish… working on all sorts of different ways to illustrate ‘words’ on the page ( Your own playground) …with an attendant creative experiential collaborative ‘workbook’ of various sorts added to each chapter. So now we are also fellow creatives in this sand box. (May I email you?)

      I’ve begun to experience my own morning practice as a tune-in tune-up Sangha. I am pleased as punch to be an acknowledged part of your co-Sangha! Thank you Mark, for welcoming me….as I welcome you!

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