The Unknown, and the Hidden
Exploration. Experience. Expansion. It's in my nature.
Coloured italics, random citations from C.G Jung, mostly from the Collected Works.
"We understand something only if we have the necessary premises for doing so."
Coincidence, by chance, and random - different words for not understanding, or maybe ignorance. Is Synchronicity maybe glimpses of emerging 'synchronised'?
I believe nature has a flow, where all is connected.
When connection with nature, and some sort of greater source, is lost, things just appear to happen by chance? Traces of that connection appears as synchronicity for the sleeping - hopefully on the verge of awakening - minds of ours?
Civilisation, so great and humble at the beginning - greatly in awe of The Nature and it's inborn spirit - now seems going somewhat backwards (like obstinate children of the Universe). Ignoring, or choosing not to acknowledge, the greater powers. Perceiving them as terror, sickness and darkness - results which presumable are nothing but the price we have to pay for our ignorance.
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
* Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy *
We only "know" about 4% of the universe.
96 to go...
If the universe was measurable.
But, as the intelligent ones suggest that the universe continuously expands (changes) I guess the percent we have mapped are getting smaller relatively speaking - as I assume that the humans can't keep up with the speed of the universe.
Hence, we are somehow continuously getting immeasurable dumber..?
"The unconscious has a Janus-face: on one side its contents point back to a preconcious, prehistoric world of instinct, while on the other side it potentially anticipates the future"."
"...four kinds of realities: (1) static reality that comes to us through sensation; (2) the dynamic reality revealed by intuition; (3) static images given us by thinking; (4) dynamic images sensed by feeling."
"...we must look for a different solution. We believe in ego-consciousness and in what we call reality. The realities of a northern climate are somehow so convincing that we feel very much better off when we do not forget them. For us it makes sense to concern ourselves with reality. Our European ego-consciousness is therefore inclined to swallow up the unconscious, and if this should not prove feasible we try to suppress it. But if we understand anything of the unconscious, we know that it cannot be swallowed. We also know that it is dangerous to suppress it, because the unconscious is life and this life turns against us if suppressed, as happens in neurosis."
"Conscious and unconscious do not make a whole when one of them is suppressed and injured by the other. If they must contend, let it at least be a fair fight with equal rights on both sides. Both are aspects of life. Consciousness should defend its reason and protect itself, and the chaotic life of the unconscious should be given the chance..."
Despite the fact that approximately 4% of the universe is somewhat mapped, humans still stipulates to "know" so much, I often find that quite uncomfortable. Naming things 'this' and 'that'. Terror, sickness and evil, to mention a few. Nature is neither? Nature, IS. Quite neutral, right? Nature reacts. Reacts in an uncomfortable, sometimes also painful, way when we do not behave consciously, responsibly, and adequately.
I find it equally uncomfortable when humans are trying to "cure" things with this very limited knowledge of how and why things are acting and reacting the ways they do. Thinking everything they don't recognise (accept, like, understand...) is sick, un-normal, bad. And so on, and so forth.
Merely on the verge of awakening. In the ongoing 'Evolution in the Consciousness'.
3-4000 years of "civilisation", 4% dim knowledge - still, sometimes acting like some sort of Gods. Living so immensely high above (or at the expense of) our resources (and innate needs) - our own, and the Earth's.
Mother nature laughs, and continue her teaching. 'til we learn, or she wipes us out.
"I was in my consciousness an active thinker accustomed to subjective my thoughts to the most rigorous sort of direction, and therefore fantasizing was a mental process that was directly repellent to me."
"I had to find some way to reserve myself, so to speak, and to pick up the other, the passive side of my mental life. This a man dislikes to do because he feels so helpless."
"4% consciousness you say. MAN, that's a lot of un-consciousness!"
"And that's for all humankind?"
"That doesn't leave much for the average Joe, with no Nobel Prize on his shelf..."
How very peculiar.
"He repudiates it because it is not pure intellect - even worse than that, it might be feeling.
...yet he must deliver himself over to it in order to get at his creative power."
"This separateness is a most uncomfortable thing to reconcile oneself to, and yet the very fact of the unconscious presenting itself that way gives us the means of handling it. It took me a long time to adapt to something in myself that was not myself - that is, to the fact that there were in my individual mind parts that did not pertain to me."
When we resist - nature resists. We would probably be better off if we cooperated a bit more, rather than trying to take control over something that can't be controlled!
We consist of nature. We live in nature. Whether we like it or not!
Nature doesn't seem to care if we like it or not.
"Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen."
* Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy *
"As a natural scientist, thinking and sensation were uppermost in me and intuition and feeling where in the unconscious and contaminated by the collective unconscious. You cannot get directly to the inferior function from the superior, it must always be via the auxiliary function. It is as though the unconscious were in such antagonism to the superior functions that it allowed no direct attack."
"Sensation as an auxiliary function would allow intuition exist. But inasmuch as sensation is a partisan of the intellect, intuition sides with the feeling, here the inferior function. Therefore the intellect, in this case, will vote for its exclusion. Intellect will not hold together sensation and intuition, rather it will separate them. Such a destructive attempt will be checked by feeling, which backs up intuition."
"...the other way around, if you are an intuitive type, you can't get to your sensation directly. They are full of monsters, and so you have to go by the way of your intellect or feeling, whichever is the auxiliary in the conscious."
"...consciousness appears to be essentially an affair of the cerebrum, which sees everything separately and in isolation, and therefore sees the unconscious in this way too, regarding it as my unconscious. Hence it is generally believed that anyone who descends into the unconscious gets into a suffocating atmosphere of egocentric subjectivity, and in this blind alley is exposed to the attack of all the ferocious beasts which the cavern of the psychic underworld are supposed to harbour."
"True, whoever looks in the mirror of the water will see first of all his own face. Whoever goes to himself risk a confrontation with himself. The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it, namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor. But the mirror lies behind the mask and shows the true face."
"This confrontation is the first test of courage on the inner way, a test sufficient to frighten off most people, for the meeting with ourselves belongs to the more unpleasant things that can be avoided so long as we project everything negative into the environment."
"But if we are able to see our own shadow and can bear knowing about it, then a small part of the problem has already been solved: we have at least brought up the personal unconscious."
"The shadow is a living part of the personality and therefore want to live with it in some form. It cannot be argued out of existence or rationalized into harmlessness"
"The problem is exceedingly difficult, because it not only challenges the whole man, but reminds him at the same time of his helplessness and ineffectuality. Strong natures - or should one call them weak? - do not like to be reminded of this, but prefer to think of themselves as heroes who are beyond good and evil, and to cut the Gordian knot instead of untying it."
"The meeting with oneself is, at first, the meeting with one's own shadow. The shadow is a tight passage, a narrow door, whose painful constriction no one is spared who goes down to the deep well."
"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."
* Albert Einstein *
"But one must learn to know oneself in order to know who one is. For what comes after the door is, surprisingly enough, a boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no inside and no outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad. It is the world of water, where all life floats in suspension; where the realm of the sympathetic system, the soul of everything living, begins; where I am indivisibly this and that..."
"...we can never legitimately cut loose from our archetypal foundations unless we are prepared to pay the price of a neurosis, any more than we can rid of our body and its organs without committing suicide."
* Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy *
Tools I use for interaction with and exploration of The Unknown