Life cycle of the human psyche: Me! Now!

Cartoon in 5 frames shows an angry child, a young woman, and a frumpy older woman all thinking ME! NOW! A meditating woman thinks ME. SOON. last, the older woman sadly contemplates the Earth.

Today’s cartoon is a view of the life cycle of the human psyche. And of senior guilt.

Me! Now! say the children, as they must. Shifting personal gratification off its pedestal as the number one aim in life is a struggle. And personal development, idolised by thousands from Maslow to Paltrow, can be seen as just another form of personal gratification. I’m still struggling.

But wait! No more words. Think your own thoughts.

Because that’s where this cartoon began: with thinking about thinking. Thinking about human consciousness, how it is capable of taking us in all directions on all (geometrical) planes and how it constantly reverts to well-trodden paths and zooms in on our favourite subject: us, and what we want.

And with me needing a break from words and turning from keyboard to pencils. I can see at least 20 versions of the life cycle of the human psyche …

11 thoughts on “Life cycle of the human psyche: Me! Now!

  1. myrak says:

    Best wishes with your break dear Rachel. My morning meditation zoom group and mantra singing group is the same…in that at times I need a break from it….variety is the spice of life. Much Love Myra

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hello dear Myra. I’ve been thinking of you as Covid 19 breaks out in multiple places. I often listen to Coronacast: thanks for mentioning it. Stay well and thrive! x

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      My break from words was a minibreak for one morning while I drew the cartoon. I’m deep into writing the script for a solo show: fascinating.

  2. judibwriting says:

    Great ponderings in both words and drawing. I temporarily stopped meditating for a silent hour on zoom with my Buddhist sangha every morning. I loved the discipline during the restrictions of the pandemic, but I am loving another teaching (Advaita Vedanta) from a teacher in Canada on zoom once a week that is more resonant with my true spiritual heart. I am writing poems as they pop up but my meditations occur daily in my own time and not necessarily while sitting, often more like your final drawing, for sure. I agree with Myra. I find I am accepting Me Now with great tenderness and more compassion.She isn’t going away, just finding herself in a larger Me, a doorway to my true nature.

  3. Myra Kitchenman says:

    Thanks dear Rachel. We have no covid in Victoria today.. a doughnut day… as the locals say… three other states in serious lockdown . We’re not in lockdown today so all good here in Victoria. Many state borders closed.

  4. Fun and thought provoking

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thanks Derek : I know you are a thinker.

  5. alison41 says:

    Be kind to ourselves. And to all beings.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes, we can’t go too far wrong with that approach.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    You mean there is more to life than “my needs,” ” my preferences,” “my enlightenment,” and ” my truth?” You sound a lot like me. LOL

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      It’s so good when someone gets what I’m trying to say 🙂

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