My Choice of Mysterium

The Library of the Unconscious

We are clear that we have something called memory. And at times we mention something called the unconscious. One definition of unconscious is “the part of the mind that is inaccessible to the conscious mind and that affects behavior and emotions.” Well, not quite.

How do we separate memory from the unconscious? Neither one hangs before us at all times and neither are thoroughly reliable. Perhaps we are dealing with a part of the human experience which does not bear vivid definition nor constancy. So, let’s just move on to Mysterium and some thoughts about it.

Engagement and Enhancement

When I set out to write the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy there was much of it that was ill-formed. In fact, I did not set out to write a trilogy. The story became a torrent and, as I’ve said, the empowerment of women is an important part of it. Early on there came Beck, one of the lead characters who became utterly enchanted by Avery with whom he fell deeply in love. Then I stumbled over the term Mysterium which described the deeply passionate experience of her. She drew him in to a rich impassioned relationship and enhanced their lives together.

At one point I googled the term and found pages of references to a board game. Not to the point. It seems I had filed the term in my “unconscious” decades ago when I was foraging in the world of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. As I was writing it felt to me that the term related to something deep in the human psyche—a process.

The Power and Threat of Women

Mysterium was chosen to represent the characteristic of women permitting, even demanding, a deep engagement of men. Intuitively I felt it explained one important element of a woman’s power and it could also be characterized as explaining why men are so bent on preventing the empowerment of women. Yes, I understand, we cannot pull the mysterious from deep in our psyche and seek concrete verifiability. But when we look at human interaction this is a power of women that stands out. It is a universal process in the relationship between men and women.

And, as the story I was writing grew, I drew on the Mysterium as a power of women related to the often mysterious quality of the moon while something called the Maelstrom seemed appropriate as related to men and the sun. In the end the Mysterium engagement (bewitchment) by women is rich and wonderful unless the man fears her power. And so, I wonder if we look deep into our unconscious processes if we are grasping to accept and understand a strong force which enriches our lives but also threatens male dominance.

Art and Wonder

I think I’ll leave those thoughts there because we can debate and examine endlessly. But it bears consideration and has a great deal to do with the writing process, forces in human nature and the joy of exploration within ourselves.

Do you find these thoughts intriguing or do you hate the very idea of it?

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