Shiva and Shakti united.
Uniting and Integrating the opposite polarities is the aim of all spiritual paths = Harmony. Union. Integrity.
Shiva is on the right side. This is the Pingala Nadi side, the solar channel. Heat. Dry. Extroverted. Active. Sun. Breath flowing through right nostril. Right side of body is male. Left brain. Sympathetic nervous system ~ Fight/Flight/Take Action to oppose. Energy. Objective. Red. Positive. Active. Male. Yang. Physicality. Dynamism. Creative. The Path of Enjoyment of the Senses.
Dilation of pupils. Heart rate increases. Cessation of digestion. Secretion of Adrenaline.
Shakti is on the Left Side. This is Ida Nadi, the lunar channel. Coolness. Wet. Introverted. Passive. Moon. Breath flowing through left nostril. Left side of body is female. Right Brain.Parasympathetic nervous system ~ Recover and Digest. Awareness/mind/thought. Subjective. White. Negative. Inactive. Female. Yin. Mental.
Constriction of pupils. Heart rate decreases. Breath slows.Rest and digest. Dilation of blood vessels.
Pingala Nadi leaves Mooladhara Chakra and veers to the Right, in through Swadisthana (Sacral) chakra, veers to Left, in through Manipura (Solar Plexus) chakra, veers to Right, in through Anahata (Heart) chakra, veers to Left, in though Vishuddhi (Throat) chakra, veers to Right, in through Ajna (Third Eye) chakra. (The Ida Nadi moves veering in opposite directions upwards). At Ajna the Nadis join.
Shiva and Shakti as forces are inseparable. But that does not mean we are automatically integrated as Beings. This is where we have to work at it.
The Temperance Tarot Card.
Sometimes called Alchemy or Balance.
”He comes upon a winged figure standing with one foot in a brook, the other on a rock. The radiant creature pours something from one flask into another. Drawing closer, the Fool sees that what is being poured from one flask is fire, while water flows from the other. The two are being blended together into a completely different substance!
“How can you mix fire and water?” the Fool finally whispers. Never pausing the Angel answers, “You must have the right vessels and use the right proportions.”
The Fool watches with wonder. “Can this be done with all opposites?” he asks. “Indeed,” the Angel replies, “Any oppositions, fire and water, man and woman, thesis and anti-thesis, can be made into a unified third. It is only a lack of will and a disbelief in the possibility that keeps opposites, opposite.” ‘
Secret Dakini Oracle ~ Card number 14 ~ Puja/Purification
”Self-disciplined action. To elevate the mundane acts to the divine. Adaptation. Development of Will.To psychologically purify oneself. The energy in this card both ascends and descends. (Fire and water). The flowers are both rising and falling.Related to temperance card of traditional tarot.
Osho Card number 14 ~ Integration
”The image of integration is the union mystica, the fusion of opposites. This is a time of communication between the previously experienced dualities of life. Rather than night opposing day, dark suppressing light, they work together to create a unified whole, turning endlessly one into the other, each containing in its deepest core the seed of the opposite.
The eagle and the swan are both beings of flight and majesty. The eagle is the embodiment of power and aloneness. The swan is the embodiment of space and purity, gently floating and diving upon and within the element of the emotions, entirely content and complete within her perfection and beauty. We are the union of eagle and swan: male and female, fire and water, life and death.
The card of integration is the symbol of self-creation, new life, and mystical union; otherwise known as alchemy.”
~ From Osho Zen Tarot
”What George Gurdjieff used to call the crystallization of being is nothing but these two minds becoming one, the meeting of the male and the female within, the meeting of yin and yang, the meeting of the left and right, the meeting of logic and illogic, the meeting of Plato and Aristotle.”
~ Osho ~ Ancient Music in the Pines.
64 Dakini Oracle ~ Card number 14 ~ Isis.
”Isis fashioned a male organ of generation. This holds a key to understanding what is required in
the situation in which you find yourself.
In all creative processes, the male and female elements come together in the moment of
Whichever gender you are, you have male and female components. A man has an inner woman
and the woman an inner man. When we seek partners, it is as if we are looking to find our inner secret self made manifest and unite with them.”
Note : The Ankh, or Egyptian Cross, represents both male and female, life and death, and thus ultimately Balance and Integration. It represents the reconciliation of active and passive.
For CG Jung the Anima and Animus are part of our unconscious. The Anima in the male is the internalised feminine psychology, and the animus in the female is the internalised male psychology. While these may be influenced by specific people in our lives (in their formation) Jung saw them more so as part of the hidden collective unconscious.
The anima and animus are our internal bridges to the Shadow and the Self, and to full self-development and knowing them enables us to become integrated. Thus a female with a well-integrated animus is creative and dynamic, and able to be self-reliant and independent, without need for approval, and a male with a well-integrated anima is able to express himself emotionally in a non-manipulative manner.
But this is just a brief description. It is a complex area, and the seeming integration of anima/animus can be the root of delusion.
”The anima is the feminine aspects of a male psyche: for example, gentleness, tenderness, patience, receptiveness, closeness to nature, readiness to forgive, and so on. The animus is the male side of a female psyche: assertiveness, the will to control and take charge, fighting spirit, and so on.”’
Some admittedly disjointed thoughts on integration as they are presently flying up…….I may add more at another time.
(If anyone has any thoughts on Integration in traditional alchemy, taoism (yin/yang), or in any other tradition that they might like to add, I would welcome it….)