There are few
archetypes in modern society that allow us to
recognize what Jung called our shadow side. In part
this is a dark chthonic force, a compendium of what
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross calls the four negative
emotions of fear, anger, jealousy, and grief.
Kubler-Ross and other psychotherapists
(especially the practitioners of Gestalt therapy and
Re-evaluation Counseling) insist on our need to ventilate,
externalize, or discharge these feeling, either through
tears, rageful yelling, or symbolic destroying. Kali of the
fearsome form is the patroness of such healing. Kali
emanates from the warrior goddess
Durga in times of peril, and like a bloodthirsty
whirlwind slays the demons of ignorance which conflict the
human mind. In her greatest of such archetypal battles, Lord
Shiva had to throw himself at her feet to halt her.
Dancing upon his body, she calmed and brought the
universe back to life, as symbolized by Shiva's enigmatic
Her dance of destruction is ultimately
the destruction of evil, and seekers who throw themselves at
her feet are reborn out of pain into vitality, spontaneity,
and appreciation of the full joy and beauty of existence.
Hindus recognize that beneath her
frightening appearance is the truth that life, though
fraught with suffering and terminated in death, is
ultimately rooted in joy.
All ancient traditions created archetypes
of this wisdom. Greek
Valkyrie, and Mayan
Ixchel Crone each tell us that to realize this joy,
suffering and death must be faced.
Only by conquering them through
recognizing them as portals of rebirth, thereby reconciling
them with ones hopes and expectations, can peace and joy be
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