Faculty 3: Atmatype
Atmatype Anthem: I need to know I exist for a reason.
DewBee Tales: The Core Story
“It is through being Wounded that power grows and can, in the end, become tremendous.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
The Wounded is the main character in Faculty 3 and represents our vulnerabilities. On some level, and in our own way, we all know pain. We expend considerable energy tending to the broken places. This tending style (from narcissism to nihilism) shapes how we attract and repulse each other in the world.
Nobody gets out of this life without a few bumps and (ancient) bruises. History alone points to unspeakable acts of cruelty. Many Spiritualists insist that reincarnation is a definite indicator of karmic scars. While others believe that we are injured in this life as soon as we exit the womb. Whether it's a backache, heartbreak or anything in between -- suffering is unavoidable along the path.
As both the soft underbelly beneath the calloused cover and the raw adhesions exposed to the world, The Wounded is the voice that emerges when buttons are pushed and may scream out loud or burrow deep within depending on mood or style.
In ways that depict either an "Eeyore" (Victim) or "Ebeneezer" (Villain) kind of tone, The Wounded often re-acts from a place of survival and yet deeply longs for a sense of be-longing. At the core of human suffering, is the desire to not feel so alone.
"A wounded deer leaps highest, I've heard the hunter tell; 'Tis but the ecstasy of death, And then the brake is still." -Emily Dickinson
In Chinese mythology, the Deer symbolizes aspects of our essential nature: happiness, abundance, innocence and generosity! Perhaps this is why Lord Krishna wore a tilak of Kasturi - the fragrance of the Deer Musk around his neck and why Bambi is such a loveable and inspiring character.
A highly adaptive and keenly intuitive animal with great fight or flight instincts- deer are capable of seeing in low light- in the spaces between the shadow and even the fawn are born camouflaged for protection! Sharp instincts along with gentle strengths make the deer a perfect representation of The Wounded character.
"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." - John Keats
If Me, Myself & I were granted three wishes what would they be? To see beyond the sun, the moon and the earth- deep into the past, present and future and realize the mind, body and spirit as the "power of three"?
Pythagoreas the father of numerology chose the number three to symbolize the means for completion for similar reasons that the Alchemists believed one gave rise to two and two gave rise to three and therefore three gave rise to all numbers. Although three comes after two - it functions as the intermediary point between opposite ends and therefore a source of oneness when it bisects sides.
As we study the common threads between the Hindu, and Christian Trinity, for example, we recognize the oneness in two seemingly different expressions of faith and welcome all wounds into the limitless light.
Faculties 3: The Wounded, My existence has meaning
Facutly 12: The Liaison, I share this meaning in connection with others
Faculty 21: The Muse, I receive insights from beyond…
"A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well." - Unknown
When it comes to The Wounded, make sure to use a Graphite Pencil. Shame and blame creep in when mistakes are etched in permanent ink. Life Lessons, on the other hand, allow for forgiveness and the power to erase the smudges. Pencil in new ideas, channel insights and re-contextualize old events to pave the way for redemption and understanding. What's done is done, yes. But, we do no good getting stuck in the coals.
Carbon is the common denominator to all living things on Earth-- indicating on some level that we are all made of diamonds! Yogananda suggests: "The sun shines equally on diamond and charcoal, but the former has developed qualities that enable it to reflect the sunlight brilliantly, while the latter is unable to reflect sunlight. Emulate the diamond!" We agree and since no two diamonds are ever the same, let's shine our unique expression of the L.O.V.E on the wounds within.
"Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid." - William Shakespeare
A featured subject in Van Gogh's later years, the Cypress Tree is often associated with grief and mourning. According to ancients Greeks and Romans, when a soul crosses over to Heaven, Cypress Trees are one of the first sights to be seen.
Cypress symbolizes the power of perception to shape common denominators amidst varying viewpoints. Considered a powerful protective force, Cypress Trees abound in cemeteries as the guardian of the resting souls and for those who weep for their loss. In China, however, the Cypress Tree symbolizes good health and a long life.
Either way we look at it - the essence of Cypress reflects a full circle, standing by our sides in all the vicissitudes of existence.