Nov 082013
 
Illustration by Līga Kļaviņa

Illustration by Līga Kļaviņa

“Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny. As the force of fate, this image acts as a personal daimon, an accompanying guide who remembers your calling.

The daimon motivates. It protects. It invents and persists with stubborn fidelity. It resists compromising reasonableness and often forces deviance and oddity upon its keeper, especially when neglected or opposed. It offers comfort and can pull you into its shell, but it cannot abide innocence. It can make the body ill. It is out of step with time, finding all sorts of faults, gaps, and knots in the flow of life – and it prefers them. It has affinities with myth, since it is itself a mythical being and thinks in mythical patterns.

It has much to do with feelings of uniqueness, of grandeur and with the restlessness of the heart, its impatience, its dissatisfaction, its yearning. It needs its share of beauty. It wants to be seen, witnessed, accorded recognition, particularly by the person who is its caretaker. Metaphoric images are its first unlearned language, which provides the poetic basis of mind, making possible communication between all people and all things by means of metaphors.” – by James Hillman

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  6 Responses to “James Hillman on the Daimon”

  1. Thank you Toko-pa, thank you very much ! 🙂

  2. How do I sense my diamon….it’s animal form?

    • It certainly can be, Sandra, but the daimon can take many forms in our dreams. This excerpt is from the book The Soul’s Code, by James Hillman, if you’re curious to read more.

  3. Thanks for this timely reminder – so apt for me at this moment 🙂 Oh the depth and pure magic of life!

  4. […] person is said to have a daimon that guides their destiny, possibly drawing them into soul mate […]

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