The Undiscovered Self

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 

C.G. Jung

That which we remain unaware of is doomed to function in the shadows, the truth will have it’s way regardless of whether you know it or not. If we do not bring our awareness to the things which govern our lives we may not actually end up living, but instead enslaved.

Jung was acutely aware of the fact that the modern man was not at all “free”. The so-called liberation of the enlightenment meant not freedom from indoctrination, but merely a shift of worship. People moved from religious piety to political fanaticism, from worshiping God to worshiping reason, or a political ideal, or more prominently in our time – achievement. Jung writes in The Undiscovered Self that “enslavery and rebellion are always necessary correlates.” When someone forces you to do something, if someone puts the shackles on you, your first instinct is to try and break free. We shackle ourselves to ideas, and thus we are also in rebellion. People have multiple parts, multiple needs and multiple interests pulling in different directions, and I think most importantly there is a genuine longing for truth. When our egos take over and force ourselves into a particular perspective, the other parts of us destabilize and we suffer.

People ought to have ideas, not the other way around. Who are you really? What actually resonates and is meaningful to you. Not the masses, not a scientific average, not a fad, but you. That journey is what needs to be made conscious and followed, because that’s your journey. Nobody has done anything great by following other people’s paths. What makes them great is that they have stepped out of the “norm” and followed their own path.

Hustle it up!

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