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A Nautical Metaphor for the Transformational Process

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A Nautical Metaphor for the Transformational Process
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    THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS  The transformational process is like a sea-going voyage .   It‟ s asessential to humanity as the wind and the ocean is to sailing. A solitaryvessel (persona) leaves a friendly harbour, embarking on its maiden voyageon the ocean of Life  –  needing the breath (  pneuma ) of God to propel it, thetiller of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide it, the soul (  psyche ) as riggingand the spirit as sails. Mysteriously yet harmoniously, the vessel lumbersslowly forward, creaking and groaning under the weight of its keel; steadilydrifting toward distant stars and foreign ports-of-call.Our crew  –    the conscious, the unconscious, the “shadow” , the Anima/us, the four “personality” brothers, and even other like-mindedpilgrims  –  board the vessel in differing ways. Some are unexpectedlyshanghai-ed; some crew enlist; but those who long for the salt air, willinglyvolunteer, as “seawater flows in the veins of salty dogs” . Once underway,the entire crew unites under the Captain ‟s captain , to bring about thereality of the voyage, “…  working out their salvation in fear and trembling. ” (Philippians 2:12) The journey is always treacherous, fraught with risk,dangers and discovery -- with the manifold aim of sounding the deepestdepths of th e „S elf  ‟; the self  created, known and loved by God since thebeginning of time.Navigating uncharted waters takes great courage, because even a rookie bosun‟s mate knows , “… there be serpents and devils at the marginsof the charts ”. Perils await the unwary sailor   –  like running aground on areef of self-deception, only to be dashed to bits by the pounding surf. Or the ship and crew might be overtaken by “shadowy” mutineers . Or thevessel, itself, could be swamped by giant waves of desolation. Graduallytossing and healing, through foam and froth, on a timeless, predestined andteleological sojourn  –  the voyage isn‟ t even possible without the sextant of desire (EROS), the compass of compassion and a winsome spirit of adventure. With the potential to “refine & purify ” even the scurviest knave,the transformation process delivers the vessel and its voyageurs to new andexciting horizons, limited only by one‟s imagination.
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