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Waking Up With Carl Jung

August 28th, 2011

Carl Jung on individualization. If you’ve ever been to one my workshops, you know I am a big fan of Carl Jung. There are many quotes from Jung that resonate with me.  Here’s one:

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, only dreams; who looks inside, also awakes.”

Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist who is known as the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, Jung worked closely with Freud, but later went his own way after developing new theories about the deep unconscious.

Freud considered religious expression to arise from neurotic “illusion”. By contrast, Jung considered it to arise from the psyche’s inner drive toward a healthy balance of individual consciousness and the collective unconscious.

The collective unconscious, or objective psyche, is shared by all humankind. This instinctual heritage includes certain definite patterns, or archetypes, which govern the way symbols and psychic images are processed. Studies of dream and myth show these same patterns from all cultures and all eras of human history. Recognizing these archetypal patterns is the key to understanding dreams and the process of individuation.

The process of fulfillment, or “individualization,” is the striving toward a personal unity of consciousness and unconsciousness. And, it takes place over the course of a lifetime.

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A World Without Doors

August 11th, 2011

We could be all one. There’s a front door, back door, side door, screen door, basement door, and pet door. How about a storm door, trap door, closet door, garage door, and shed door? Then there’s a revolving door, sliding door, French door, and Dutch door. And don’t forget Christian Dior, the pompadour, and the rock band the Doors.

What would the world be like without doors?  Would we become one big room?

It boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

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Are You More Like The Oak Or The Reeds?

December 17th, 2010

What can this Aesop fable teach you? Aesop’s Fables date from the sixth century BC. Aesop was reportedly a Phrygian slave, and met his death when he was thrown over a cliff at Delphi for being ugly and deformed. I was surprised to read that Aesop collected the fables; he didn’t write them. Regardless, his fables contain timeless lessons. Here’s one I particularly like that reminds us of the importance of being flexible.

A mighty oak tree was uprooted by a gale and fell across a stream into some reeds. “How have you reeds, so frail, survived, when I, so strong, have been felled?” asked the oak tree. “You were stubborn and wouldn’t bend,” replied the reeds, “whereas we yield and allow the gale to pass harmlessly by.”

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Listening to the Present

October 21st, 2010

Reflecting on what’s happening now. Allow is the message I am now receiving. I am getting it from every side. It’s funny that at the same time I’m studying the Law of Attraction for my next book. Does it really matter what I want? I want to follow God’s will and trust God knows what I need. Allowing means being present; being present means being in the “presence” of God, and God is love.

Where am I, right now? My work? It’s on pause. My writing. On pause, too. The marketing of my latest book. Again, pause. It ain’t ready yet. Allow, Randy. Everything has its own season.

How do I want to spend my time? Connecting with God, but how do I connect with God? Doing what I did yesterday. Being with nature. Meditating in the sun. Journaling.

What do I want to focus on in 2010/2010? Travel, trust, and connection over contribution. I want to put a trip on the calendar every three months. I want to trust in the divine order of things. I want to connect with myself, others, and God.

I want to seek God in all I do, and I want to remember: it’s not what I do, it’s being present.

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