Jungian Sand Tray
I have been guided to once more pick up my work with symbols and get back into the wonderful Jungian Sand Tray.
The principle is so sublime and deeply powerful;
The tray is symbolic of a psychic container; in therapy the container is the therapy room and the therapist themself.
The base of the tray is pained blue to represent the ocean; the watery symbol for the unconscious psyche.
The sand provides a medium to move and sculpt on the physical plane; a layer to the unconcious beneath, all contained within the tray.
the client then adds to the tray items that are symbolic of their current life state; offering the client a range of items to choose from; shells, stones, figurines, items in miniature. The intention is to offer the client a full symbolic range of sand-tray sized items of everything to be found in the physical world. All archetypal characters should be represented; kings, queens, mother, father, children, wizards, dragons, knights, angels etc…
The client will begin to tell their story with the objects…
A witch stands by a baby lamb, a tree falls onto a car, a burrow hides a dragon…
All these symbols combine to paint a picture as a tableau; objects having conversations that are long overdue, combinations of people, places and symbols.
This process is on the surface is an innocent play with toys in sand. This, however, is a false security, as it shows quickly and with little resistance the key relationships, issues and personal struggles of the client in a safe and contained way.
I look forward to exploring this powerful work again!!
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(The picture shows my circular sand tray in the process of painting and repair!)
The love of God, unutterable and perfect,
flows into a pure soul the way that light
rushes into a transparent object.
The more love that it finds, the more it gives
itself; so that, as we grow clear and open,
the more complete the joy of heaven is.
And the more souls who resonate together,
the greater the intensity of their love,
and, mirror-like, each soul reflects the other.
Ordinary World - Our everyday life, before the adventure begins.
Call to adventure - Destiny summons the hero/heroin within. This could be a personal inclination that one is meant for something greater or it could be a difficulty or challenge that needs to be overcome.
Refusal of the Call - The fear response to the challenge and self sabotage.
Meeting with the Mentor - When the student is ready, the teacher appears bringing advice that helps the hero on his journey.
Crossing the First Threshold - Leaving the comfort zone for the journey of adventure.
Tests, Allies, Enemies - Encountering friends and foes, the hero learns valuable lessons that test his or her strength.
Approach - Obstacles prompt the hero to adapt, trying different methods and new ideas.
Ordeal - A great obstacle where the hero falls or maybe has to even overcome death itself.
Reward - The gift of achievement and growth having survived the crisis.
The Road Back - The hero doesn’t allow ego to take over and instead takes the journey back home.
Resurrection Hero - Facing the final, biggest battle. This is what it all comes down to - where everything is at stake and the hero must put into practice all that has been learned.
Return with Elixir - The hero returns home but is changed and has a new approach to life. The elixir is what the hero takes back to the ordinary world - something that can be used to help others.
Saddle up your sea horse! Neptune will be retrograde from June 7th until Nov 13th.
Water signs can handle this plunge with relative ease, but those of you who are not fully emerged in the world of emotion, feeling and spirit may feel overwhelmed.
What to expect; the collective shadow manifesting in emotion, anger, unconscious behaviours. New found depths, emotional understanding, deeper levels of love and new expressions of feelings. Spiritual insights, opportunities to resolve unfinished business, a time to say what needs to be said so you can move forward.
Things that have been bottled up will be spoken out, storms in tea cups will create new landscapes, relationships and friendships once the pieces settle into a new pattern. Things hidden in layers of time will be revealed as the very sea bed shifts and shakes free the past.
An opportunity to dive for treasures in your own unconscious psyche and understand your shadow is a gift. The shadow and unconscious are represented by bodies of water in Jungian symbol work. This is the perfect opportunity to surrender, dive in and see what is really in there, as opposed to what your fear is hidden.
Humans are capable of swimming, and we are being given a great opportunity to feel our way into a new state of being which includes accessing and understanding our deepest emotions; fear, and ultimately, love.
Cervical Polyps and Pregnancy
Ok, it’s time to share, if you are at all squeamish, stop right here! I am usually one of those people so I will be as conscientious and compassionate as possible with the details…
So, a few years ago I had my first encounter with a cervical polyp, or “mushrooms of the cervix” as I like to call them. They are benign, little bubbles on stems that grown in the warm and damp conditions of ones lady garden. This first one was actually blocking my cervical opening, and was happily removed on sight.
Fast forward to two days ago, and another one had grown back after the first one was removed, this time however I’m 8 weeks pregnant and my hormones are fueling the polyp to grow.
The issue around polyps and pregnancy is a bit more complex; they could grow to an uncomfortable size, they might bleed and cause you to stress about the pregnancy, and they might have implications during birth (excess bleeding etc…).
I was told by my GP that it is not advisable to remove polyps or perform any procedure on the cervix (even an PAP smear) after 12 weeks due to the integrity of the cervix. So earlier is better with these things. I had a soft swab PAP smear done at my intital pregnancy appointment at week 4 and the polyp was spotted by my GP. If you didn’t already know, you can request a soft swab instead of a stick swap for your PAP smears at any time; the soft ones can look like a little soft brush or like a large cotton bud or Q-tip. I cannot stand the wooden lollipop stick scrapers, such a bad design and very uncomfortable! Just say No.
It was removed very easily at week 8 and 5 days with no pain; none whatsoever. This is the most important thing to remember with polyp removal, you will not be in any pain, it won’t interfere with your cervix and it’s very quick to be removed.
You assume the usual position and the Dr will shine a stadium grade flashlight up your woo woo.
If your Dr is well used to this procedure, expect them to be polite and warm the speculum under the hot tap before they proceed; they usually ask if the temp is ok before committing.
Breathing through the mouth and sighing will help to relax the area; tension in the jaw and mouth is equal to tension in your cervix and vagina. Knowledge is power.
It’s advisable to have caring friend or partner with you to hold your hand, I find putting my arms above my head better for relaxing and hand holding. Telling jokes is not advised, as laughter will also be felt in the zone; I found this out myself and wouldn’t advise it!
The Dr will then introduce a mini lasso on a stick; I don’t know the real name for it, but a lasso is a good image. They will loop it around the polyp and pull the lasso around the “stem” to cut of the blood supply for a few seconds, and the polyp falls away; this is then sent for assessment. They might also twist the polyp stem to stop the blood supply; blood is minimal and you may not even have anything to show after the procedure as I didn’t.
I hope this helps with anyone who has just found out they have a polyp and is worried, or who is pregnant and having a silent freak out googling what it all means; this was me a few weeks ago.
All will be well, be brave and get the best Gyn Dr you can find.
Love x Imogen