Mandalas, Nixies, Goddesses and Succubi: a neuroanthropologist Looks at the Anima

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Bindus may represent the anima. The interaction of the bindus represents to some extent the general state of consciousness at the moment, even during more ordinary states, and in particular the interaction between the watcher, the shadow and the female anima. The vastness of the self often crops up as a red mist surrounding the dynamic yab and yum bindus, the red sphere representing the anima-bridge between the ego identified with Logos and the vastness of the unconscious.

Simplification increases symbolic universality. As symbols become naturally simplified, they also become more universal. Symbols like Demchog and Dorje Palmo, as with Jesus or with the Navajo’s beloved Changing Woman, are heavily loaded with cultural attributes. But as they simplify before the mind’s eye, they take on increasingly universal forms – forms like flowing water, colored mist, spheres, lightning bolts, rocks, etc. This includes the naked human form as well.

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