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“Wanderer, there is no path/ The path is made by walking.”
Antonio Machado

But man’s task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

It is not I who create myself, rather I happen to myself.

~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 391

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

~Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, Page 99

Seldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises; there is no coming to consciousness without pain.

~Carl Jung, Contributions to Analytical Psychology, P. 193

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. ~Carl Jung; Civilization in Transition; Page 587

Our age has shifted all emphasis to the here and now, and thus brought about a daemonization of man and his world. The phenomenon of dictators and all the misery they have wrought springs from the fact that man has been robbed of transcendence by the shortsightedness of the super-intellectuals. Like them, he has fallen a victim to unconsciousness. But man’s task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. Neither should he persist in his unconsciousness, nor remain identical with the unconscious elements of his being, thus evading his destiny, which is to create more and more consciousness. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. It may even be assumed that just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious.

~Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, Page 326

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. They then dwell in the house next door, and at any moment a flame may dart out and set fire to his own house. Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force.

~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 277

I realise that under the circumstances you have described you feel the need to see clearly. But your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Without, everything seems discordant; only within does it coalesce into unity. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.

~Carl Jung, Letters Volume I, Page 33

… the experience of the self is always a defeat for the ego.

~Carl Jung, CW 14, Par. 778

Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

~Carl Jung; The Philosophical Tree; CW 13: Alchemical Studies. P.335

 

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