The disillusioning effect of the encounter with one’s own shadow, the unconscious negative part of the personality, is always to be found in cases where the ego has lived in identification with the persona and the collective values of the period. That is why this encounter is, as a rule, particularly severe and difficult for […]Read more "Encountering Ones Negative, Ones Shadow"
Sometimes I wonder what we think about books and quotes and “thinkers” and concepts or ideas. Take this quote for example: The Greek word φιλόσοφος is put together from σοφός and φίλος. A σοφός is someone who understands something, who has reliable knowledge in a particular area, who understands the matter at hand and who enacts an ultimate decision and law-giving, φίλος is friend,φιλόσοφος someone whose […]Read more "Sometimes I Wonder What We Are…"
The great, to some extent ultimate, task posed here is that of understanding fear in all its forms as an instrument of the Self. Fear of the unknown and of all that is ego-alien turns out to be fear of the unknown aspects of “one-Self” and of “one-Self” as the unknown. In this sense the […]Read more "The Great Overcoming"
But the earliest dawn is still prior to the birth of light out of the darkness, and a wealth of symbols surrounds it. The form of representation peculiar to the unconscious is not that of the conscious mind. It neither attempts nor is able to seize hold of and define its object in a series […]Read more "The Earliest Dawn: The Virtue of the Unconscious Mind"
An old Chinese adage says, “For one who watches a person through a narrow crack, the person he sees becomes narrow.” In other words, by watching with a narrow view, one cannot obtain to the authentic reality. Or, taken even further: When one heeds not the whole, the Open, the being or beings one attempts […]Read more "The Narrowed Mind, Narrows Sight"
Whoever has traced the history of an individual science finds a clue in its development for understanding the most ancient and common processes of all “knowledge and cognition.” There as here it is the rash hypotheses, the fictions, the good dumb will to “believe,” the lack of mistrust and patience that are developed first; our […]Read more ""Inventors""