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Jane Redfern
I am a Word Artist and Nature lover influenced and inspired by the work of Carl Jung. I'm rooting down here on planet earth and learning how to thrive.
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Once you see a little gold, are you willing to keep chipping off the stone casing that surrounds you? Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Mindfulness is about grounding our attention in the present moment. It intensifies the experience of self-awareness. If we don't concentrate on the 'now' we tend to become carried away by our thoughts about the past or future and lose touch with the present moment. Seneca observed that most human suffering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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“The snake that cannot shed its skin perishes.” Friedrich Nietzsche. Sometimes we have to let the old us die to make way for the new. The most fundamental property of our mind is its potential for growth. Unless we have the capacity to change our ideas and adjust our thinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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When you accept the challenge, you’ll come back as a new person. A greater version of your self awaits you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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The forest represents the darkness, the unknown, the edge of your world. It takes a hero to go into the forest. The people in your community don’t know why you want to go; in fact, they try to pull you back, and ask you: “Why can’t you be happy with what you have here? But there’s this urge that exists within the brave-hearted to go and explore. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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We see suffering as something we have to bear, we do our best to avoid it, but at times it is inevitable. You suffer, I suffer, and for an endless list of reasons. Then society rushes in with all its fixes, all its sanitising cures. But what kind of ‘fix’ is possible in a world which is itself suffering and out of balance? Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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What we choose to think, say, and do today, at this moment, creates our tomorrow. The power is in the present moment. This is the moment when we begin to make changes. We can start to let old beliefs and feelings go. The smallest beginning will make a difference. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Many of us are so identified with the voice in our head (our ego) and the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and emotions, that the voice of our Self is almost completely drowned out. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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We have created an inert, packaged, world that we think we can control and live in like a bubble. As I sit and read the news about humans herding to beaches, damaging the environment, and each other, I realise how a large proportion of the population doesn’t see Nature as a ‘living other’ but as a resource to be used. I call these humans ‘low potential’ because they are the ones that Nature wants to eliminate. The natural world is suffering and I believe the coronavirus is Nature’s way of bringing the earth back into balance. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Feel the world around you, sense it, with your whole body, without words. No talking. No thinking. Just see. Just feel and connect. What happens at such times goes beyond words. When these good moments come to you they will fill you with a swelling tide of higher life as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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If you are a seeker wanting to understand yourself better, improve your life, deepen your spiritual side, and listen to your soul to uncover your inner self, you can learn a lot from taking up your pen and journaling. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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The day you are born a seed is planted. The seed is your unique gift to the world. It wants to grow, transform itself, and reach its full potential. It has a natural energy that you can tap into. It is up to you to make the seed thrive, to express your uniqueness and share your gift with the world. You have a destiny to fulfil. And, the stronger your drive to achieve your full potential the more likely you are to succeed. Failure to thrive usually means you have succumbed to an opposing force - social pressures to conform, family misguidedly directing you to their choice of career path. You end up choosing a career path that isn’t what you truly want. Your heart won’t be in it and you become increasingly less engaged. You start to see pleasure as something that is obtained outside work. You have a voice within that emanates from your individuality and it calls you to a particular form of work or career. If you learn to listen you will develop a sense of your vocation.You will see it as a journey with twists and turns rather than a straight line. Some side routes will pull you more than others and eventually you will find a particular field, niche, or opportunity that suits you perfectly. It will feel right. And, because you are doing what you love you will learn more quickly and more deeply. You will have a sense of purpose and direction. In order to truly thrive you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. But what if you have someone in your life that constantly holds you back and stunts your growth? Don’t be with them, don’t make them the centrepoint of your life. If you stay with them you will be a cowering creature who is just a shadow of the person you really are. The day you are born a seed is planted. The seed is your unique gift to the world. It wants to grow, transform itself, and reach its full potential. It has a natural energy that you can tap into. It is up to you to make the seed thrive, to express your uniqueness and share your gift with the world. You have a destiny to fulfil. And, the stronger your drive to achieve your full potential the more likely you are to succeed. Failure to thrive usually means you have succumbed to an opposing force - social pressures to conform, family misguidedly directing you to their choice of career path. You end up choosing a career path that isn’t what you truly want. Your heart won’t be in it and you become increasingly less engaged. You start to see pleasure as something that is obtained outside work. You have a voice within that emanates from your individuality and it calls you to a particular form of work or career. If you learn to listen you will develop a sense of your vocation.You will see it as a journey with twists and turns rather than a straight line. Some side routes will pull you more than others and eventually you will find a particular field, niche, or opportunity that suits you perfectly. It will feel right. And, because you are doing what you love you will learn more quickly and more deeply. You will have a sense of purpose and direction. In order to truly thrive you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. But what if you have someone in your life that constantly holds you back and stunts your growth? Don’t be with them, don’t make them the centrepoint of your life. If you stay with them you will be a cowering creature who is just a shadow of the person you really are. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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“See, how cruel the whites look,” said Hopi elder, Mountain Lake. He was speaking to Carl Jung who visited the Pueblos of Taos, New Mexico in 1925. “Their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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In nature, nothing is isolated. If we have lost our connection with Nature, we have lost our connection with ourselves. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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The idea that if one is in the “Tao” then one’s path in the external world is unencumbered, and, inversely, when one encounters a disturbance in the world, it is usually indicative of an inner disturbance. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Apr 26, 2020
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We are all so much more than the “I” of whom we are aware. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Occasionally, I let stress overtake me, but then I notice that I stop being a creator and I lose sight of my hopes for a better future. I go into survival mode, inside a primitive emotional state that causes the ‘fight or flight’ response. These are the times I recalibrate.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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The truth is that as the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has emerged: survival for what? Evermore people today have the means to live but not the meaning to live for. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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There are many forms of courage including physical courage that enables us to face danger and perform daring feats of strength. Moral courage is where we stand up for what we believe in, and, for many of us, including me, the most profound form of courage is the willingness to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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I completed my first journal entry in my Red Book. Psychologist James Hillman believed that one of the greatest mysteries of human nature is the question of character and destiny. In his bestseller The Soul's Code, he proposed that our calling in life is inborn and that it's our mission... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Your past does not define you. How you respond defines you. Too many people use their past to do nothing with their life. Life demands that we participate and take action but some people just say, “No I’m too injured.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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The squirrel’s cache of acorns lay buried and forgotten in the ground. It was a hard winter and Nature was cold and unreceptive to the little acorns. On the first day, it rained heavily and the acorns were soaked through. “Now,” said one of the acorns, “This is the ideal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. There are many given meanings to this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Jane Redfern