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The following is a description of the mythology of Si.
Si Mythical Elements
The spiritual experience of Si is known as Min, or the myth of the Earth. As a character, he appears as a Senex or a Wise Old Man which guards or speaks on behalf of a holy site. At other times Min is archetypally embodied in the form of a sacred scroll, an ancient library or a cathedral. The experience of Min is accompanied by a very potent spiritual evocation; a feeling of smallness in the face of the immeasurable past. It is a direct confrontation with things that dwarf your existence a hundred times over. One’s life suddenly takes a wider perspective; hit by the notion that these things have been around long before you were born, and before you were scarcely an idea in someone’s mind. A feeling of reverence is evoked by this sentiment in the beholder. The people who make pilgrimages to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are driven by the spirit of Min, as are all those who journey to Paris to see the artwork of Da Vinci, or to the Vatican City to see the sculptures of Michelangelo. That which is enduring is seen as magnificent for withstanding the test of time. The same experience may be felt when walking amidst the giant sequoias of California, or visiting the ancient temples of India. The earth is seen as a living, breathing entity –filled with wisdom that’s physically embedded into stone, sediment and architecture. It is a living record of all that has come before and is the eternal forefather which gave rise to our existence.
Light: Holy Ritual & Ceremony
When rightly channeled, Min will act as a guardian or protector of what matters; that which is sacred and holy. Min contributes to the preservation of important traditions, religions and cultures –reminding us of our need for stability and for never losing sight of where we’ve come from and just how far we’ve traveled. But more than that, Min brings the wisdom of the past into the present and revitalizes society with centuries of knowledge. It offers proverbs and timeless messages of prudence, steadfastness and temperance; of right-timing, self-sacrifice and future vision. Min is a repository of common sense; a vast set of incredibly simple things we may all know but rarely integrate into our daily life philosophy. When Min is integrated into the psyche, this archive of common sense is actively lived out, giving the person a sense of knowing. At a more modest scale, Min will encourage the creation of a personal shrine at home, a garden one tends to, or some routine that can organize one’s circadian rhythm and place one’s mind in the desired head-space continually. These personal rituals offer a sense of grounding in reality, and help stabilize one’s internal and external life.
Dark: Retrogression & Stagnation
When not rightly channeled, Min will manifest as an urge to cling to older ways at the expense of any personal or societal progress. There emerges a general refusal to advance with the times which can manifest as technophobia. Some may reject vaccines and modern medicine, perhaps even when desperately needed. No longer able to modulate between paradigms, the Si user becomes stuck in one interpretive framework of reality and here the darker side of traditionalism, fundamentalism and dogmatism will manifest. Life becomes more difficult without these commodities, but this tradeoff is embraced as a necessary aspect of the proper way of being. An example of this iteration of Min can be seen in the Amish, who forego modern essentials such as electricity, telephones, radios and automobiles –surviving instead by farming with an emphasis on family life. In yet more unhealthy forms, there is an active censorship or prohibition of outside information for its potential to alter the minds of youth and threaten the retrogressive state. Ignorance is used to sustain the status quo and those in the community lose the freedom to choose any alternative way of life.