The Art

The Art

The ART of accepting, reflecting and transforming. It is realized when we engage and balance all aspects of the matrix. As we integrate these elements into our day-to-day experiences, we find deeper meaning and realization of our greatest potentials.

until we make the unconscious, conscious,
it will direct our lives
and we will call it fate ~ Carl Jung

Writing specifically on each part of the ‘ART’ path are developed in pages and posts tagged with the following terms.

A ~ Accepting
R ~ Reflecting
T~ Transforming

everything is in flux


the earth, time, concepts, love, life, faith, justice, evil
they’re all fluid and in transition
they don’t stay in one form or in one place, ever ~ Kafka on the Shore

Moments of spiritual enlightenment and personal growth can be consciously experienced, in different ways, throughout our human existence.

I went to the woods
because I wished to life deliberately
to confront only the essential facts of life
to see if I could learn what it had to teach so that when I came to die
I would not discover that I had not lived
I want to live deeply
and suck all the marrow out of live ~ Thoreau

Let’s consider the philosophy of mind and life through the lenses of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. An integration of Eastern and Western schools of thought supports developing balanced perspectives.

an integrated philosophy of life

The ‘Matrix’ is composed of the physical body, the mind, the heart, the soul and extends to the spirit. It is essential to integrate consideration of our mutual relationship with the external earth world.

This involves the deep psychological structures of the mind. Bill Plotkin, suggests using a system of ‘the 4 directions’ to enrich our soul journeys.

~ the West facet is fundamentally about romance, transformation, metaphor and deep imagination

~ the South facet is about wildness, indignity, belonging, and full-bodied feeling

~ the East is about innocence, wisdom, paradoxical humour, and full-presence sensing

~ the North is about nurturing, generativity, visionary action, and heart-centered thinking.

ignorance breeds an impertinent insolence towards the world and the universe … comforting fairy tales provides support for some, who do not which to find the answers to questions that the philosopher or the science of nature an answer … learn to live with powers from within, without ignorance and without fear of some unknown ~ Bertrand Russell

the philosophy of the matrix narrative

The Art of Accepting, Reflecting and Transforming are the building blocks of our life stories. The narratives of our identities integrate the matrix of body, mind, heart, soul spirit. This can be best visualized as a helix-shaped, interconnecting framework.

The narrative is your story (the forest) and you are the protagonist — the main character. Or, you could think of this personal narrative story as a tree in the forest that needs understanding and nourishment in order to reach your potential.

When you write a book
you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees.
When you’re done,
you have to step back and look at the forest. ~ Stephen King

the alchemy of the art of accepting, reflecting and transforming

Think of it as an alchemic mix of energy — a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or recombination of the elements. And yet, it is not only essential natural — you have a conscious, mind-based, say in the matter.

chemistry dissolves the goddess in the alembic
Venus, the white queen, the universal matrix
down to the molecular hexagons and carbon chains ~ Raine

In ancient times, a matrix was a female or parent plant or animal whose seeds were used for producing other plants. You are parenting the seeds of the narrative of your identity — of the story of your life. This puts you in the driver’s seat where you belong. And this involves the continual cycling through the Art of Accepting Reflecting and Transforming. Therefore, enlightenments happen throughout life as we engage more mindfully.

the human psyche

In its mature fullness, the human psyche grants us multiple ways to heal our psychological wounds and grow from them. With the ART of living the matrix, we become more consciously intelligent, aware and attuned. It takes work and it takes an intentional attitude.

Transformation isn’t always sweet and bright. It’s can be a dark and murky, painful and pushing. An unraveling of the untruths you’ve carried in your body. A practice in facing your own demons. A complete uprooting may necessary before becoming. ~ Erickson, Edge of Wonder

the art of ‘uprooting’ is combined with deeper rooting

Through the ART processes of accepting, reflecting, and transforming continually adapt our identity matrix, in part and holistically. Uprooting reflects change from attachments that are unhealthy.

Finding your balance between chaos and order

The Cacophony

Heed the dissonance make the call to conscious–be the gate-keeper of your thoughts and emotions and bring the soul harmony.

The Clearing

Know the entropy
holding fragments that sliver
building noise — that storm 
which distorts the true nature
of the pure state, still the mind.

hold on to your own truth 

that space of pure reflection
at the center of the image 
you were born with ~ Whyte

Ironically, it is a process which involves rooting into nature. It is those connections within and with the world around us which sustain healthy growth.

With a well-developed Self, you can seek to restore and enhance the more-than-human world and to co-conceive and co-create a healthy, mature, life-enhancing, inclusive life.

Understanding and establishing balance, cohesive all 5 attributes of the life matrix and participating in the healthy evolution of the species and our planets is a purposeful, cooperative, inter-connected existence.

If we engage the earth’s intelligence,
we could rise up rooted, like trees ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The more consciously engaged you are with these processes, the more agency you have in the transformations within your narrative.

revitalize by expanding awareness with the art of accepting, reflecting and transforming


dream the impossible
romance the world

feel and honour
relationship with all species with all habitats

embrace the difficult wisdom of paradox

shaping ourselves
into visionaries

with the artistry to revitalize
our enchanted and endangered
world

It is through soul-work that we realize the reason for existence. Yet, this requires the dynamic, engaged and balanced matrix. It is an ongoing process of creating enhanced, conscious relationships with our souls.

~ namasté, Leah J. 🕊

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