Sunday, October 26, 2008

MysticBliss: Carl Jung and the Power of the Individual

A favorite spot on our way to some relatives.

Some bits of wisdom from Carl Jung, who, remember (especially for this first quote), lived to see the rise and fall of Nazism, and who delved into all the ancient knowledge traditions and created what is our modern understanding of archetypes:

The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations first take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately spring as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals. In our most private and most subjective lives, we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and its sufferers, but also its makers.
Creative life always stands outside convention. That is why, when the mere routine of life predominates in the form of convention and tradition, there is bound to be a destructive outbreak of creative energy. This outbreak is a catastrophe only when it is a mass phenomenon, but never in the individual who consciously submits to these higher powers and serves them with all his strength.
Everything good is costly, and the development of personality is one of the most costly of all things. It is a matter of saying yea to oneself, of taking oneself as the most serious of tasks, of being conscious of everything that one does, and keeping it constantly before one's eyes in all its dubious aspects: truly a task that taxes us to the utmost.


epiphanygirl said...

Wow... thanks for this. I am like a serpent swallowing her own wail right now as I consider the concentration on the self and the development of the individual soul in the face of all of the tragedies in the world that demand our action and attention. This bit from Jung helps me keep in perspective what I have already learned from Andrew Harvey's work with Sacred Activism - the sense that you have to do deep soul work to keep you rooted in divine, mystical sanity before you can look outside yourself into the broader world that will eventually be history.
Have a blessed Sunday. - Marisa

Lisa said...

Woot! Woot! for good ol' Carl Jung!

So much wisdom contained in this post. Many truths resonating with me today. Thank you for the affirmation :-)

Indeed, there is NO more important work I can be doing right now in my life than the work I am doing on mySELF.