Pirouette, A Love Ballet
A Transformation Poem
The ballerina figure changes shape to become a group or a variety of little girls in all shapes and sizes. At the same time, these are shapes associated with one child (growing and changing). The transformation of the shape accounts for the illusion of spinning.
Spinning or spiraling is energy and movement associated with “inner work” – it is orbital like the universe. In fact, this energy is connected to the universal “whole” – to a higher source – that place where man is ONE with the life-force, merged, and at the same time individuated. The movement associated with this figure reflects the “centering” and “balancing” energy associated with change or transformation.
The ballerina figure is an archetype. An archetype is not a conscious creation, nor is it created from the personal conscious or unconscious, but from the larger, connected consciousness, or the collective unconscious as Jung defines that territory of the psyche.
Man can not consciously create a symbol or manifest an archetype. Archetypes find their way into existence needing image and affect, an opportunity for manifestation which was unknowingly offered by the poetry visual art form. The archetypes are manifestations of the healing process – a process that draws one to wholeness.
Some characteristics of the individuation archetype include:
Transformation – Centering – Balance – Movement – Merging and Wholeness
“Pink” and the feminine archetype – “sugar and spice” is a lopsided notion of femininity, a notion that narrows and undermines healthy, well-rounded development. This archetype alerts us to the imbalance of traditional notions.
(A primary function of the archetypes is to compensate for lopsided values in the collective psyche – so archetypes autonomously “manifest” to “balance” or bring to “center” both the individual and collective environments)
Archetypes are highly “bendable” – ambiguous – inimitable (“multi-valent”).
This archetype adheres to the “Divine Child” archetype (a recurring dream figure or thought-form), a constituent of the process of individuation (Jung).
The very appearance of this archetype enlightens in important ways. Without a doubt, this figure states that divine essence is “love.” True to the multi-dimensional nature of archetypes, as the ballerina dances – there is a visible heartbeat. At the very center of our being, is the lost child, the child self that Christ speaks of when he tells us that “we must be like little children.” We have a divine nature – it is the “DNA” of God, our father, and our maker.
It is also true to archetypal form that the ballerina image represents a tension of opposites, too much sweetness – yet, pure and divine at the same time. She is negative and positive, good and bad, at the same time – a characteristic inherent in all of the archetypes.