Carl Jung, Marie Von Franz, And The Process of Individuation

It is the Self that brings about what Jung called ‘the process of individuation’, the process from the potential of childhood to an ever-widening journey of self-discovery, whereby one consciously and gradually integrates the immature or ‘shadow’ aspects — the parts of ourselves that we have ignored or have refused to confront — of one’s personality into the whole psyche. 

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The Archetype Of The Masculine King

The king, however, is not moved by fear. He refuses to be carried by his emotions, and he remains firm against the persuasion of the world. Nor does he waver or tremble in the presence of the feminine, for he is the divine masculine king, the consciousness, the presence of all that thrives and blossoms around him. But this does not mean that he represses his emotions, rather he rises above them, like Jesus when he walked across the water towards his disciples. It is the blessing of the king to take himself lightly, even though he may feel heavy — his heart is never overwhelmed by the quicksand of passion.

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The Law Of Letting Go To Receive

The principle service of our relationships therefore is as a reflection into our own personality; that which we praise, admire, or loathe and despise in others is also within ourselves. In every friend and companion we recognise something about them that others are unable to see.

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Man And His Relationship With Nature

Whenever you arrive in the countryside from the city, you have the immediate impression that the air is different — clean and pristine, washed by ancient rivers and streams, and blessed by singing birds. Here was an elder air, of centuries old, to which I was a guest for the weekend. The ancient country unfolded a landscape of green grass and trees blended with blue sky, rolling hills and a silver lake, and there were brown-and-grey farmhouses and solitary lake side cabins.

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Setting Boundaries: How To Stop Being A Pushover

The objection to conformity is that it wastes our time and blurs the distinction of our character. That I will speak as I think, and not tolerate the unfair interruptions of others, is a boundary that I might impose upon myself for the sake of honouring the power which resides in me. And as I protect my speech, I have also the right to protect my time and energy.

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How To Reconnect With The Unconscious Mind

But the right response to our situation is not to indulge in our isolation, it is to look back to the past, to a time when man and nature existed in harmony, and to retrieve the parts that belong to us, but that the victory of consumerism has blotted out with the excesses of material wealth. Those ancient spirits do not vanish simply because we are ignorant of them; they still live within us, and so long as we disregard them, their legacy affects us from the unconscious. 

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How We Project Our Shadow Self (The Dangers Of Projection)

This happens during childhood when we are confronted with the dragon of ‘Thou Shalt’, and told that we must be good and faultless and wonderful; and so we strive to become marvellous, to become the ‘good boy’ that is expected of us — we are ‘put in our place’ by society. All the while, the shadow is forming in the underworld, and slowly begins its descent into hell.

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The Self-Healing Power of Breathing

In the language of the Navajo Indians, the word “Nilch’l” translated into the English language means “wind, air or the sky”. Of course, the English translation cannot truly express the depths of Navajo philosophy. For the Navajo, “Nilch’I” represents a god, the Supreme Creator, the infinite, boundless force that communicates between all elements of the natural world. In the Navajo creation myths, this force circulated through the desolate land of dark mists and formed the mountains, the trees, the water and the clouds above; it brought shape and life to nature, and served as a source of nourishment.

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