The 12. of March 2015 we explored the gemstone Jasper.
There are different kinds of Jasper.
Our investigation was of the red Jasper.
Its name was Yašfeh ( יָשְׁפֵה ) in the masoretic text or Iaspis in the Septuaginta. Scholars suspect that Yasepheh may be the original reading. Jasper is usually red, the mineral which the Greeks called Iaspis was generally a richly green one the most prized form of Jasper.
The old cultures did not give names arbitrary as we do, but asked themselves, or even perceived the qualities of the object to be named. They used the letters and sounds that represented those qualities when giving a name. Each letter and their sequence hence has a story to tell.
In the old cultures we often see that each letter is standing alone as a unit of meaning, a symbol or archetype.
Looking at the first two letters in Yašfeh ( יָשְׁפֵה ) is the hebrew root “Ish“. These are the letter YUD of manifestation of identity joined to SHIN that of relative spiritual movement. It carries the meaning of inspired being, or manifestation of the spirit in the individual, in the sence of a being radiating or shining, or simple spiritual breath manifested into substance. The third letter gives it a distinct, discriminating quality and the last letter makes it alive. One of the ways we could translate this would be: An identity that radiates, with autonomy and clarity as to what it represents in a living way.
This happened to be a good description of our exploration of Jasper, even if this was discovered afterwards.
Our holonistic approach to Jasper consisted of five steps. We started by sharing how we all experienced the last days or weeks, to see the common themes that could be extracted. After the second meditative step, we started to analyze the themes appearing and perceiving them in a unified way.
A step towards this unification is to see the main polarities, as it leaves you with two states, instead of many, and then you can more easily get the unified perspective.
There were elements of unity or separation. The separation even gave the feelings of self-pity.
There were elements of joy of life and pleasure in nature with the fear of death, and the feeling the time was not due yet. Other polarities were between the open, trusting childlike state and a rigid, fixed condition.
Self-sacrifice or self-assertivness. We could conclude that Jasper helps or gives you what it takes not to respond with self-pity, or isolation but rather asserting yourself and enjoy your self-realisation.
Many of the participants had been in situations that made them change their plans, directions or decisions quickly or again and again. Schedules were booked and rebooked or canceled. Appointments never happening, being changed, or set in the last moment. Due to traveling, original plans had to get canceled.
It is a strong analogy that Norwegian air was on strike so this must have happened on a large scale. In our situation, it was some flights, but as much other appointments.
The red quality associated with, Geburah, Mars or Mature Man qualities were strongly coming through in our exploration. Jasper seems to promote your self-assertiveness, your ability to change old patters and brake loose as well as the ability to respond quickly and take the necessary decisions to get your act together.
It gives a clarity or honesty towards your own needs, and the ability to cultivate and nurture them.
But the clarity and integrity of your own needs and self-assertion also opened a respect and understanding of others and their equal rights to stand up for themselves and their needs.
In the same degree it promotes your individual autonomy it promotes the respect of the other. It made it natural to stand up for yourself in a world were that is what is done.
The synchronicity of getting an invitation to the world famous artist Vebjørn Sand´s exhibition “The choice of the individual” the same day was as striking as the synchronical strike at Norwegian.
The analogy of the right of the individuals was there in many ways. As in the recent debate on vaccinations where the individual freedom of choice against the mass, is central.
This individual energy, or inner fire was also expressed as a heat, melting up the inner coldness, giving energy and thirst.
Connecting yourself to Jasper would then give you inner strength, the ability to make choices, stand up for yourself, and be self-assertive. This instead of feeling pity for yourself, isolate yourself or feeling deserted.
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