This message from ‘Dream Time’ came through as a hypnogogic musing while having a spontaneous visual journey or active imagination during a meditation practice. The words jolted me into being present. The visual image of traveling down a passage or through a portal with an unknown man in an explorative journey fading away. This male figure may have been what Jung would have called the Animus, or masculine aspect of a woman.
The word ‘vivarium’ being unknown to me, my immediate thought was that I was being enlightened as to my cosmic origin and ancestry. (LOL). However, I decided to have a look on Google. A different meaning then took shape.
In Latin ‘vivarium’ means ‘place of life. In general it refers to a closed ecosystem created or constructed for the purposes of research and observation. Environmental conditions may be regulated to achieve the optimal survival value for the organisms within in the enclosure, structure or container created for this purpose.
A vivarium may be small enough to sit on a counter surface, or may be a very large structure, either indoors or outdoors. There are various forms of vivariums, including: Aquarium, Oceanarium, Aviary, Fish pond, Greenhouse, Conservatory, Paludarium, Riparium, Terrarium, Herpetarium, Serpentarium, Insectarium, and others.
Earth might be seen as a great vivarium in which every living organism is a part and may be highly impacted by any environmental changes - whether by way of humidity, light, temperature, soil conditions, etc., or topically, by viruses that may be introduced into the system.
Metaphorically speaking, our own psyche could also be seen as a great vivarium in which different parts or aspects, such as DNA, cellular memory, neurological pathways, biological systems (endocrine, nervous, respiratory, ect.), thought, emotional and behavioural patterns, whether conscious or residing in the deep unconscious of our specie, contribute to the overall well-being of our internal structure.
If vivariums are designed for the purpose of research and observation, the question that remains is “Who is the observer?”
See my next post for an exploration of this question.
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Cover page for The Age of Sustainability - Just Transitions in a Complex World
By Mark Swilling (2020)
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