The anima and animus are described in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology as part of his theory of the collective unconscious. Jung described the animus as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the anima as the unconscious feminine side of a man, each transcending the personal *psyche.”

We all, irrespective of our gender, are both feminine & masculine (polar opposite forces) in varying degrees influenced by various active and dormant factors.

It can be interpreted in innumerable ways.

The being-ness of one force automatically manifests its opposite.

That is how it is WHOLE.

The Anima in Latin means “breath, soul, spirit or vital force”.

It is the unconscious (shadow) feminine *archetype of a MALE psyche that is often disowned/rejected due to collective programming.

The Animus in Latin means “rational soul, life, mind, mental powers, courage or desire”.

This is the unconscious (shadow) masculine *archetype of a FEMALE psyche that is suppressed, restrained and unaccepted due to the prevalent patriarchal mindset.

Usually, the disowned or shadow anima/animus SELF gets projected on our partner/spouse/mate to be accepted and embraced.

Besides debacle of our shadow (rejected, disowned) selves, the two polar opposite –the Anima (feminine)/Animus (masculine) hold up a vast distinct aspect of all that is dormant within us as individuals or collective.

Apart from being aware of the Ego (self-identity) and Persona (social mask), integrating our Shadow selves (unaccepted/rejected selves), we also need to do the inner fine-tuning of harmonizing our anima/animus selves to be ONE with our highest/inner child/divine self.

Analyzing/studying ourselves is a lifetime and beyond that process.

Though the human mind has the potential to ‘understand’ all, its answers can be found only through the heart, as its essence is pure love and unconditional acceptance.

What makes the journey worthwhile in acknowledging, validating and accepting our ‘Leela’ is discovering our reason to be!

The road to salvation is only through unconditional love.

*Psyche: human mind encompassing conscious & unconscious

*Archetype: the raw form of energy

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