Unus Mundus


John Stephens, “Navajo Creation Myth”


“Hunter of Shadows, thou thyself a Shade,

Be comforted in this,—that substance holds

No higher attributes; one sovereign law

Alike develops both, and each shall hunt

Its proper object, each in turn commanding

The primal impulse, till gaunt Time become

A Shadow cast on Space—to fluctuate,

Waiting the breath of the Creative Power

To give new types for substance yet unknown:

So from faint nebulæ bright worlds are born;

So worlds return to vapor. Dreams design

Most solid lasting things, and from the eye

That searches life, death evermore retreats.”

Richard Henry Horne, “Orion: An Epic Poem”

* Unus mundus (Latin “one world”) – the Jungian concept that originated in alchemy, which speaks of an underlying unified reality from which everything emerges and to which everything returns.


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25 Responses to Unus Mundus

  1. Yes that is so true we all come from and we all return,, Beautiful image and poem, I had not heard of before… You find the most delightful subjects and I always come away from your blog learning something new… I hope you are well and forgive me not being around so often… But family have been in the foremost of my mind recently Love and Blessings sending you special Hugs
    Sue xox


  2. I am indeed being comforted in this… both your image and your post 🙂
    The image is truly magical, and I love how the poem made my brain work hard, had to read it several times hehe Our brains tend to get lazy these days, thanks for sharing something deep and meaningful! Wishing you magical holidays xox


  3. Casey says:

    what a lovely myth…and the picture is beautiful.

    i love seeking shadows to take photographs of when I’m out in Nature.

    My 10 year old daughter said the other day, “I know we won’t know until after we die whether or not God created the earth or it was the Big Bang that created the us and the earth, but I really want to know….”

    Maybe I’ll start sharing with her other types of creation myths, like this one.


  4. ptero9 says:

    Beautiful and bittersweet for this shade too, just as it is, nearing the solstice.


  5. another winner! this concept speaks to my post about the origins before ” creation”, It is not a definitive , tangible response, but yet one possible way towards the absolute Truth.


  6. shreejacob says:

    The words were powerful and strong. That image though…wow…that caught me in it’s beautiful imagery!


  7. Wow! Really powerful and lovely!


  8. Soul Fields says:

    The poem does a similar kind of immediate expansion to my mind than the thought essence “we come naked into this world, we leave naked”. No need to be less or more than equal to others it continues to me personally. And the too “important personal issues” and the distress because of them cease to exist anymore. My Piscean part especially loves the idea of blending with/melting into the cosmic sea. And beyond. Thank you with Hugs, Deelia


  9. I really enjoyed reading this and found it thought provoking on a deeper level and because of this not easy going. I felt it visually very much. Would you be kind enough to connect the Navajo Creation Myth imagery to the thoughts in Orion: An Epic Poem? (I very much appreciate your interpretations)


    • The artwork does not show the Navajo creation story in detail and all the complicated stages are missing, but the gist I think is adequately summarized in Wiki: ” The basic outline of Diné Bahaneʼ (Navajo creation story) begins with the Niłchʼi Diyin (Holy Wind) being created, the mists of lights which arose through the darkness to animate and bring purpose to the myriad Diyin Dineʼé (Holy People), supernatural and sacred in the different three lower worlds. All these things were spiritually created in the time before the earth existed and the physical aspect of humans did not exist yet, but the spiritual did.” I am also deeply connected with the image and for me it presents the spiritualization of matter.


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