I’m going to wrap up this series on clarifiers, but before I do, I want to see if I can assign specific “root” images to each clarification dilemma covered.
Go back to initiating post (…clarifiers…unique areas of judgment…).
Remember, situations prompt us to step into the unknown when our judgment becomes clouded. By attempting to clarify how the “unknown” appears to us, we get a better handle on what, for us, makes sense right now.
An important threshold in judgment clarification is falling into a state of suspended judgment – a kind of waking reverie. Only from this waking reverie can a new insight be obtained. Clarifiers put focused attention on the specific oppositions which “contain” the “unresolved” situation. By asking the right questions, a new insight is discovered and new movement obtained. The essence of a powerful question is that it reveals the opposition and opens the door to the reverie that is needed. My goal for this series was to work up a catalog of clarification dilemmas that allow people to appreciate and make sense of “what-they-weren’t-aware-of.”
See the identified oppositions listed below.
Obviously, this is just a small sample of potential oppositions. Many more could be explored. It is my belief that each clarification dilemma is influenced by a specific root image, one which shapes the individual’s dynamic of discovery. Whatever is unresolved in a situation finds its solution by engaging the dynamic, and by a greater awareness of the root image, we can access a greater degree of intuition in our situational problem-solving.
As I move forward, I will explore this idea in greater detail. I have paired each dilemma with a root image and a dynamic. Each image label is linked to more information about that image.
- Accuracy or interpretation – Self-Stone – a dynamic of integrity
- Open or resistant – Uroborus – a dynamic of protection
- Your words or someone else’s – Uroborus – a dynamic of growth
- Desire or cultivated restraint – Mirror – a dynamic of ownership
- Urgent or important – Self-Stone – a dynamic of decision
- Addressed or avoided – Mirror – a dynamic of self-reflection
- Opportunity or possibility – Containing Well – a dynamic of faith
What leads me to assign an image-dynamic to each of these dilemmas?
Well, for one: It’s fun. Images have richer information, a new vantage point becomes accessible. So my pairing need not be perfect, just insightful. And besides, the more we play with our imaginations, the more we access flexibility and curiosity. By making an image-dynamic association, we discover how the “issue” we face is both like and unlike the root image. It’s another way to point to something new within the “issue.”
Two: These images point to adaptive transformations which create resilience and strength. Moving from image to word and back requires that we look at the images and then describe what comes up for us. Articulating some meaning strengthens the image’s ability to serve us better, even when we are totally unaware of it.
And Three: These images are humanizing. It’s one thing to know that we are each unique, it’s another to know that we carry vast reservoirs of human comprehension. By grasping and comprehending these images, we reinforce our natural heritage as human beings.
Thanks for listening!