Do the hard work
“The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.”
– Carl Jung
Today, I went to FedEx to pick up a package that can’t be delivered to me because they need a signature and I don’t have a doorbell.Ã‚Â The sender used a nickname and not my full name, so I couldn’t get the package.Ã‚Â I got all worked up, angry and impatient.Ã‚Â Felt like my time had been wasted.Ã‚Â
Then, I stopped and decided to be grateful.Ã‚Â Someone was sending me something.Ã‚Â How great!Ã‚Â I realized how unlike a master I was from my response.Ã‚Â The response is everything!Ã‚Â It’s all there is.Ã‚Â We can’t control life.Ã‚Â It happens.Ã‚Â We can choose paths in response to the options that present themselves, and certain responses lead to favorable options, yet we cannot control life.Ã‚Â
I have so much work to do to reach “master” status: to controlling my mind, body, and manifesting powers.Ã‚Â Paramount to that process is integrating our whole selves.Ã‚Â See,Ã‚Â there are those that thinkÃ‚Â they are, butÃ‚Â most aren’t; only very few have gone through this process.Ã‚Â The deepest level most of us live on is that of the ego, which isn’t deep at all.Ã‚Â There are four levels before you get to the self: persona, ego, shadow, anima/animus, and then self.Ã‚Â All of these different levels need to be integrated into the self.Ã‚Â Even when you get to the level of anima/animus, those two themselves must be integrated.
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to stop from facing their souls.”
– Carl Jung
I, like most of us I’m sure, choose to believe that life keeps getting in the way of my positivity, instead of facing the fact that I’m not working hard enough toÃ‚Â doÃ‚Â the necessary work to have what I claim to want.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Drawing from Jung’s work, Caroline Myss has an excellent and extensiveÃ‚Â book on archetypesÃ‚Â and shadows inÃ‚Â Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.Ã‚Â Life coach Debbie Ford has written one that’s supposed to be good called The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.
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