Elements

The metaphor: Saw self. So, what am I standing on? Bare feet on red hot coals. To left intense fire. Front fire. Right freezing cold ice. Behind nothing… as in no existence. Step left or forward, incinerated. Right freeze. Back …. Don’t exist.

So initially the client “sees herself” – classic “Boundary Violation of Associated Identity” to which the typical response is, “So what are you, the observer, standing on?” For those to whom this makes no sense whatsoever, please see this video before reading on:

So, fire to the front and left, ice to the right, nothing behind. Standing on hot coals. Let’s begin with some idioms:

– time to hot foot it out of there.
– there is nothing in the background of this situation.
– what is right leaves you cold.
– what is left will destroy you.
– what you look forward to will destroy you.
– in a very difficult situation.
– standing in an impossible position.

Something that hasn’t been taught in the MoM trainings, but is worth pointing out here is the alchemical symbolism. Take a look at Crowley’s Thoth card, “Art”. These are archetypal themes that are explored as part of the curriculum for The Historia Illius Itineris.

Students of magickal symbolism may like to consider which direction (i.e. north, south, east or west) the client is facing in this metaphor. More on this shortly.

So, to identity – who or what is she?

The Ice Queen / Ice Maiden ?
The fuel added to the fire?
Someone who is either hot or cold, or nothing at all.

Now let’s consider this thing about magickal symbolism – classic archetypal imagery. Normally in metaphor, the person is orientated to the north (you’ll have to join The Historia Illius Itineris if you want to know more about that), however in this metaphor it is apparent that the client is not facing that way, she is in fact facing to the south.

The elements correspond as follows:

– North = earth
– South = fire
– East = air
– West = water

Just draw the metaphor and you will see which way she is facing. So we know what is missing – the physical element of earth, she has placed this behind her where she is not able to see it. “There is NO THING behind all this” “there is no back GROUND.”

Thus we know from the client’s description of her experience that taking any step in any direction doesn’t seem to help at all, in fact it makes it worse.

We could challenge the boundary violation of “there is nothing behind” but this would most likely be futile.

What we would ask the client to do is rather simple – she needs to turn herself around and face that which is behind, that which is hidden, that which is…occult.

Which witch? I’ll let you ponder on that one.

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4 Responses to Elements

  1. Ok this comes to mind:

    So I turned myself to face me
    But I’ve never caught a glimpse of
    How the others must see the faker
    I’m much too fast to take that test
    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
    Turn and face the strange
    Ch-ch-changes
    Don’t want to be a richer man
    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
    Turn and face the strange
    Ch-ch-changes
    Just gonna have to be a different man
    Time may change me
    But I can’t trace time

    So in metaphors we are always associated we are not an observer. I cannot turn myself to face me.
    For this person turning to face North the need to get active but what are they going forth into if there is nothing? They are not grounded, what on earth are they to go now? They will be feeling very green as there is no path to follow and where would it lead them to?

    Of course turning things around could change what was behind and is now in front of them and this may elicit something else, some landscape, obstacle, immersion etc. What was right for them is now what’s left, what was left for them now becomes what is right.

    As for identity this is a maybe woman unsure of their own experience/identity blowing hot and cold, see saw marjory daw. A Jekyll and Hyde, there was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead and when she was good she was very very good and when she was bad she was horrid.

    I’m guessing she is a 3 Stage Abreactor unsure of the rules so making them up and expecting everyone else to change around her.

    Anything in the Tarot deck that would for this person?

    I’d love some feedback.

    Sonia

    • That would fit for this person rather.

    • admin admin says:

      “So in metaphors we are always associated we are not an observer. I cannot turn myself to face me.”

      Exactly, a person cannot be dissociated from metaphor unless there is a huge amount of deletion – these deletions are common and are of cause what have been termed “Boundary Violations.” If a person does “see themselves” then of course this is not them, as they are the observer, not what is observed. It is how they have learned to “see themselves” – it is an inherent falsehood. Some people will be “besides themselves”, a common form is “beside myself with grief” where grief may well be anthropomorphised (i.e. in the form of “I am beside John, with Michael”). Other forms may look like, “I cannot stand up for my self”, “I cannot stand my self”, “I never put myself first.” Structurally, as we are dealing with metaphor, these representations will be markedly different from the form that may be elicited via the IEMT model (if you want to lie awake at night wondering why, its because these pronouns are a dependent subset of the operating metaphor – this is material that is explored in the Historia Illius Itineris curriculum).

      “For this person turning to face North the need to get active but what are they going forth into if there is nothing?”

      As far as the person is concerned, there is nothing of substance, but there is something. It isn’t a primordial formless void, that hasn’t existed since the creation of the universe, so the person needs to find what that nothing actually is. For many people “nothing” translates to “nothing of importance”, which is how they have been able to turn their back on it, put it behind them and so on. In this particular metaphor, we know that it is the person’s orientation to the metaphor that is the cause of their difficulty – they are literally facing the wrong way. Only once we reorientate them will what is missing be identified, because it will enable them to get a better look.

      “As for identity this is a maybe woman unsure of their own experience/identity blowing hot and cold, see saw marjory daw. A Jekyll and Hyde, there was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead and when she was good she was very very good and when she was bad she was horrid.”

      Not sure on this, the situation is very digital and precise, so I doubt there is much “maybe man” here.

      An indicator in metaphor that is worth considering and subject matter in the Historia Illius Itineris is that of the juncture that exists between these different elements. What happens at the juncture between the fire and ice? It would be inappropriate to go into the any further here.

      “I’m guessing she is a 3 Stage Abreactor unsure of the rules so making them up and expecting everyone else to change around her.”

      Definitely not the case.

      “Anything in the Tarot deck that would for this person?”

      This metaphor is astonishingly specific in this regard. Look at the “alchemical cards” of Crowley’s Thoth tarot.

  2. Ok I get the digital ice vs fire and so not a gradient and thus not a maybe person.
    I was thinking in terms of either its ice or either its fire and conjecturing this as maybe instead of either.
    Digital – All or nothing, black vs white, perfectionist tendencies?

    The hot coals she’s on are going to burn, so elements of the hurts/relationship/ current choices are to be consumed by the flames or to be frozen out hence she need to turn for other options.
    Now she faces the nothing. There was nothing backing her, now there is nothing in front of her. This could cause anxiety, panic and and abreaction could it not? Perhaps for her future where there is nothing for her or noting of importance was more frightening than the other options and thus why she is keeping her back to this?

    The new options turning to face nothing of importance or could it be that this is the unknown?

    Will look up the Tarot Deck as instructed.

    Fabulous thanks Andy, learning more every day!

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