About Face IV

 “For by his face straight, shall you know his heart.”

Shakespeare, Richard III


 “The face is the soul of the body.”

~ Wittgenstein

As I continue the exploration of Face, Beauty, and Soul, I thought I’d zero in on how much is really happening, phenomenally, in our one and only Face.

I don’t spend a LOT of time in front of the mirror,

(really, truly)

but when I am ill, I tend to be looking more (or maybe noticing more)


Signs, symptoms, health, wellness…

The eyes are my barometer, measuring degrees of such.


Let’s re~visit James Hillman on the Force of the Face.

“Not because of cosmetics and surgery is the face an aesthetic phenomenon, but because it is biologically so.

Besides the muscles needed functionally to chew, kiss, sniff, blow, squint, blink, and twitch  away a fly, most of the forty-five facial muscles serve only emotional expression.”


Marilyn Monroe said:  “I can make my face do anything I want.”


That is Mastery.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Hillman, continued:  “The face reveals character, the mirror does not lie.

My face announces my presence, reports my nature, and above all, by facing outward, bears a message for others.  Angels blow trumpets.  They call for awakening.  So does the face; it demands response.”

So, dear reader, I would posit this:  What message does your/my face bear for others?

What awakening is being called for in that face of yours/mine?

What response is being asked for, demanded?


Hamlet to Gertrude:  “You go not, till I set up a glass–

where you may see the inmost part of you.

Vox Anima, SDM


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One Response to About Face IV

  1. susan says:

    P.S. Perhaps this post was too severe? Or maybe, one should not quote Hamlet?
    = Bad Luck. I welcome your feedback, dear readers. SDM

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