The above artwork by Gustave Dore depicts the same scene as the artwork
by Alexander Louis Leloir provided below : “Jacob Wrestling With the Angel”. The controversial Biblical story in chapter 32 of Genesis relates Jacob’s encounter with an angel, and has had a variety of interpretations through time and circumstance.
The story is a depiction of Jacob’s personality (the genesis of Activity – the “lower self” — and its nature of individuated Ego) wrestling with his own character (the genesis of
Performance – the “higher self” — and its nature of individuated Will).
This struggle in context of human duality is typical of the human being, a mainstay of
individuated cognitive dissonance, and often considered sum-and-substance of the
human mission statement. For the Enterprising Spirit, the scope of work is reconciling — or unifying — the two ends of the duality continuum, or similarly stated the two sides of the same coin.
Ego as forced driver Will as driving force
Physical base Metaphysical base
Left Brain tendency Right Brain tendency
Bottom-Up Continuum Top-Down Continuum
Lower self of Singularity Higher self of Singularity
External Spectrum Internal Spectrum
Note well that the nature of duality itself is not saliently dissimilar to the Double Helix of DNA; in fact, they are in the accord of correspondence.
Contrary to many popular interpretations regarding the situation and outcome of the
particular wrestling match depicted in the artwork, the angel “won”….