Primal Scene: Imagine the Blur is an Out-Picturing of the Experiential State

First we recognize those relationships we hold dear. If we believe in our loving and best intentions, how might we understand the experience of repeatedly failing to show up in loving and supportive ways?

If you keep a journal for the purpose of documenting episodes of emotional upset, it is likely you will begin to see common patterns. When you gather them together, mindful of the similarity of emotional tone, before, during, and after each episode, you will be gazing upon composite elements of your experiential state.

Consider the possibility the quality of the intensity of the emotional tone alerts you to the presence of the blur.

The blur affirms the reality of an emotional connection between the here and now conflict and an earlier breakdown in loving.

To the degree a painful memory has been effectively repressed, psyche will hijack a here and now potential for conflict in order to project the involved parties onto the environment. This is how what has been unconscious begins to find its way into consciousness. What is unconscious, that is to say, we are not consciously relating to the detail, is ripe for projection. If/when we can reflect on the experience, we can perhaps see the interior scene matching the outer world perception. This is the idea of the exterior image revealing an out-picturing of an inner reality.

I am trying on the primal scene frame to suggest the archetypal origins found in the nucleus of every complex. When the intensity of a trauma is sufficient to overwhelming the ego in the moment, psyche provides access to ancient, primordial knowledge from the collective, stored in the archetypal blueprints. Something like that…

From one’s history, we can imaging those scenes likely to have initiated archetypal resources. See discussions about complexes and their nuclei.

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2 Comments on “Primal Scene: Imagine the Blur is an Out-Picturing of the Experiential State”

  1. billcblack Says:

    The intensity of the emotion is a direct result of the awakening of the subconcious mind.

    I would find my partner in a hysterical state of mind with the attacking ego in full effect- all “fear driven” from the subconscious memories of trauma.


    • I like your emphasis on the “awakening” aspect. Frequently, when the emotion has kicked in, ego consciousness has lost the capacity to reflect on the possibility of this intensity being the way in to the depth which opens us to healing.

      If/when we notice we are in this special place, consciousness can choose to participate in the enactment pull at hand. This requires a certain elasticity in the ego complex, which allows one to temporarily dis-identifying with one’s own ego center, and offer our full consciousness to be projected upon and interacted with in the service of the suffering partner’s need to access their presenting primal scene. Here we are standing in for the original other who wasn’t able to go there at the time of the wounding. Edinger’s observation: “When certain archetypal entities erupt into ego existence, then it is the task of the ego to embody those entities, incarnate them, and realize them as consciously as possible” really captures the marvelous complexity of this possibility. (See Observation: Healing Only Occurs Within the Blur)

      But what can you do, what did you do when offered this chance to go into the blur? Thoughts?


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