The day I shaved my beard off (Japan 2014 Day 6.2)

25 July 2014 — Overnight I have a dream with my mother in it. Ever since I read a book of Jung’s writings about dreams – over a decade ago in the Scottish highlands – I’ve taken my parents appearing in my dreams as representatives of my relationship with the two countervailing forces that unite us all: yin/yang, force/yield, pull/pull, masculine/feminine, anima/animus, action/inaction – there are seemingly endless interpretations of these binary polarities. My relationship with my dream mother felt strange, and wrong, so I take it as sign from my unconscious that my balance is off-kilter. Continue reading The day I shaved my beard off (Japan 2014 Day 6.2)

Meeting the gods at Atsuta Shrine (Japan 2014 Day 6.1)

15 July 2014 (Part 1) Atsuta Shrine

This morning I set out early from Nagoya to visit Atsuta Shrine, an important Shinto shrine, rarely visited by tourists. Unlike almost everywhere else in Japan I went, there we no signs in English. In a trip that had already been amazing, it was the best yet. Continue reading Meeting the gods at Atsuta Shrine (Japan 2014 Day 6.1)

Robots, poems & lots of people (Japan 2014 Day 2)

Friday 11 July 2014 – Tokyo

140711_Tokyo_08_webFrom the diary: “A day where things at the beginning and the end, compared to my usual existence, highlighted the effects of technology on our lives – the expectations that are created because of it and the difficulties in the past of communication across distances. It’s been a total revolution in personal information.”   Continue reading Robots, poems & lots of people (Japan 2014 Day 2)

Monthly update – Shadows on the Wall [July 2014]

10535761_10152543515146259_5783653041199092863_oYes, this is an July update being sent at the beginning of August. It was either that or skip a month. That was entirely on the cards, but then for three nights in a row I dreamed I was in one of the various workplaces I’m in at the moment, and I was not delivering on something I said I would.

I had no feeling of anxiety and I don’t believe in prophetic dreaming. What it brought to mind how easy it is to get swept up in the things that we’re doing and lose track of things that get started, especially long-term projects and commitments. Continue reading Monthly update – Shadows on the Wall [July 2014]