Why Psyche & Salt?
Psyche and salt embodies the timeless connections between mind, body and earth. It’s a reminder that the source of our mental health and physical wellbeing are rooted in the natural world, the foods we eat, the seasonal rhythms we move with, and the communities in which we live. This radical interconnectedness is essential for survival as our minds, bodies and lives are undergoing constant change and transformation. Psyche and Salt speaks to the importance of personal alchemy, reconnection to the body, and a returning to our inherent ecological selves as a path to wholeness.
As human beings we are dependent on salt for our survival, yet we mysteriously cannot make it in our bodies. Salt plays a vital role in the regulation of many bodily functions including the transport of oxygen and nutrients, and it’s used by the nerves and digestive system..
Salt water is a common tool in the metaphysical community to return people, places, and objects to energetic wholeness. Just as it dissolves in water but can later recrystallize, salt represents the alchemical process of things being broken down into their individual elements, purified, and returned integrated to the whole.
Cross culturally the sharing of salt, especially the sharing of salt and bread, became a symbol of hospitality, friendship, and mutual respect between guest and host. Those who had shared salt together should not harm one another. Salt became associated with peace, domestic harmony, and the sanctity of the shared table.
What we currently know as the psyche stems from greek mythology and the story of PSYKHE the goddess of the soul. Theoretically the psyche is where we experience the seemingly outer world, and it’s the force behind our dreams, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and personality. The psyche is separate from the brain in that it houses both a conscious and unconscious knowing, a wider sense of self, a different kind of power and a larger view of time. The psyche is hungry for a particular kind of nourishment that’s rooted in the spiritual, mystical, terrestrial and unknown. The psyche allows us to go deeper into the self while leaving intellect and ego at the door. A healthy psyche is one that continues to be challenged, explored and developed guiding us to our greatest human potential.
Why A Mermaid?
Mermaids embody the perfect split between the mystical and earthly. Half sea creature and half woman, the mermaid metaphorically represents the dichotomies we face in the current culture in which we live, and the possibility of integrating the opposing parts ourselves. Mermaids remind us to resist conformity, embrace our wild freedom, welcome our rebellious spirits and to honor our ferocious independence. Mermaids are seen in the light of the moon (which they hold sacred) or between the hours of dawn and dusk. These are magical times when sight and perception become blurred providing the perfect time to create magic in our lives, to let go of preconceived notions while shedding the cloaks we so often wear to protect our most authentic selves. She encourages us to dive into the salty, deep waters of the unknown with the confidence that we will always find our way back to the surface.