In myth, the only place duality and separation exist is in the visible world. In the eternal realm, from which the physical world emanates there is no separation whatsoever, only oneness, the whole.
Driven by the Self’s will to be fully realised, the unconscious always seeks to be known. As the conscious mind is completely unaware, we encounter our soul-image, craving our recognition, continually: most commonly in romantic relationships. Unknowingly, many (perhaps most) people are attracted to those who most closely resemble their anima/us.
But because the anima/us resides deep in the unconscious realm, we rarely have any inkling at all that our perspective partners often embody the lost aspects of ourselves. Instead, we meet someone and simply react. If this dynamic had an anthem, it would surely be the love song from Sleeping Beauty (1959):
I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream.
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam.
Yes I know it’s true, that visions are seldom all they seem.
But if I know you, I’ll know what you’ll do,
You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.
This describes the feeling of ‘love at first sight,’ the mysterious sense that you already know someone you’ve yet to meet.
In this workshop we will discuss why do we feel attracted and love who we love. What makes them Special? What makes you special to someone else?