Saturday, 23 January 2010

"The archetype is made of image and emotion; the image presents the meaning of the emotion, and the emotion gives the image its dynamic energy." - John Perry

"In my experience, when an archetype is constellated, it creates a perceptible field of psychological energy, analogous to a magnetic field in the physical sphere. I have long maintained that a field of this sort might "attract" psychological and physical occurrences belonging to a particular pattern, much as a magnet attracts iron filings that make its field visible. As a matter of fact, contemporary mathematicians and physicists seem to be speaking from a similar intuition when they use the word "attractor," describing the fact that a particular motion always settles into a specific pattern; and when chaos theory employs the term "strange attractors" for uniquely individual patterns that are complex and unpredictatable, but nonetheless orderly."
- Janet O. Dallett, from The Not-Yet-Transformed God

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