The Dance of Separation and Connection

I read these words by John A Sandford:

“As long as a person is identical with a group consciousness, she/he follows the easiest road, inclining himself/herself to those instincts, attitudes, and mass movements which is the easiest way to follow at the time. When any individual sets herself/himself against the group consciousness, he/she begins to swim up the stream instead of down. She/he suffers the pain and difficulty of becoming a conscious person, no longer able to hide from her/his anxiety in a mass identity.”

Wonderfully insightful. But let me add a dimension which has to go hand in hand with this journey in to individual identity. We suffer the pain and difficulty of becoming a conscious person with unique identity, not to break away in a destructive form of rugged individualism, but to be able to contribute uniquely to the collective life in which we find ourselves. We separate in order to truly connect and contribute. These two dimensions must always dance together.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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16 Responses to The Dance of Separation and Connection

  1. ptero9 says:

    “We separate in order to truly connect and contribute.”

    Lovely image that resonates with an alchemical saying: “that which has not been separated cannot be joined together.”


  2. Robert says:

    I like your use of the word dance Don. The movement, connection of two individuals being influenced by each other, I find a beauty in this.


    • Don says:

      Thanks Robert. I think its an analogy that has always made sense to me when it comes to seeking to unite opposites. So glad you find beauty in it.


  3. Excellent post, Don. There’s so much to consider, all of life’s pushing and pulling, separating and coming together, working individually and collectively to unite or break apart. It goes on and on.
    I have one question: is this the novelist, John Sanford?


    • Don says:

      I like what you say Marylin. So true. As far as I know he’s not a Novelist. He is a Jungian Therapist, but certainly may have written some novels. Not sure. Has done extensive writing on Spirituality issues.


  4. nrhatch says:

    “We separate in order to truly connect and contribute.”

    Yes! If all we do is ECHO the party line, there’s no reason for us to speak out at all. It’s in sharing our conscious and separate thoughts that allows us to contribute to the whole.


  5. Dani Lynn says:

    A beautiful thought Don.


  6. Don, I really like what you added; I agree that they must dance together. Where would we be if there were not people willing to change their dance? I think these are often the people to begin constructive reforms or revolutions.

    Blessings ~ Wendy


    • Don says:

      Yes, I would go with you Wendy. I’m sure they are the kind of people to bring in constructive reforms and revolutions. One need only look at someone like Ghandi. He certainly new who he was, but never forgot the social dimension of life. Thank you for your comment.


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