Psyke (or psyche) means soul in Greek, as well as butterfly. Butterflies are symbols of metamorphosis and this blog, Psyke, is a journal of personal and social transformation.
Psyche is the Greek goddess of the soul, and her story is transformational. As a woman she is met by constant challenges that seem to condemn her to death, yet each time nature miraculously comes to her aid. At the end of her journey, she’s rewarded by becoming a goddess. Although in the midst of them we may feel as if we are doomed, often through our struggles we become transformed.
Themes of transformation are found throughout mythology and religion.
We can think of our depression and other mental health struggles as our cocoons. Science has made leaps and bounds in identifying new methods for treating depression, from herbal medicine to psychedelics. Nature is making herself available to us; she wants us to transform ourselves. New ideas may flitter like serotonin at a synapse, or like brightly colored butterflies; catch them.
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
“The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
“Remember this: We are many and they are few. They need us more than we need them.
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
By transforming the world we are transformed, and by transforming ourselves we transform the world.
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