Individuation is a process of transformation whereby the personal and collective unconscious are brought into consciousness (e.g., by means of dreams, active imagination, or free association) to be assimilated into the whole personality. It is a completely natural process necessary for the integration of the psyche. Individuation has a holistic healing effect on the person, both mentally and physically
-from: Jung, C.G. (1962). Symbols of Transformation: An Analysis of the Prelude to a Case of Schizophrenia (vol. 2). New York: Harper & Brothers.
How the harmonizing of conscious and unconscious data is to be undertaken cannot be indicated in the form of a recipe.
-from: Jung, C.G. (1959) The Archetypes and the Collective Unconsciousness. Chapter VI: Conscious, Unconscious, and Individuation. Princeton University Press.
I found Jung through storytelling and mythology. My psychology leanings are apparent as well. But his work was about getting healthy. Getting over it. After reading Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker he became even more important to my journey. Symbols become bookmarks from larger more important ideas. A way to represent them without making there mysteries too concrete or literal. That is why I make sequential art. To get healthy and maintain the mystery.
These pages for Hod came almost straight from the sketchbook. Copied then inked so they are a more organic and fluid than the Who am I? pages.
Reading List: The Archetypes and the Collective Consciousness. C.G. Jung
Valis. Phillip K. Dick.
The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader. Amiri Baraka. edited by William
Listening List: Studio 360 Podcast: Leonardo DiCaprio & Ben Stiller.
Watching List: Army Wives. Season Four.
Battle Beyond the Planets.