The wounded healer

To be at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery with which, as though by enchantment, to bring forth Asclepius, the sunlike healer.”

 – Karoly Kerenyi

The devil is the aping shadow of God

When we are possessed by the unconscious, a more powerful, archetypal energy shape-shifts and takes on our seeming form, which we absorb into, identify with and believe to be who we are.

Bamboozled and hoodwinked by the slick “salesmanship” of this imposter of ourselves, we “buy” into its version of who we are. We then live a simulation of ourselves, miming ourselves, becoming a master copy, a duplicate of our original selves. To the extent we are unconsciously possessed by the daemon, it is as if a psychic parasite has taken over our brain and tricked us, its host, into thinking we are feeding and empowering ourselves while we are actually nourishing the parasite.

It is as if our soul has become hijacked by a deeper, archetypal force, and has been replaced with a pale imitation of ourselves, and, to the extent we are taken over, we don’t even realize it.

Archetypes, Jung points out, “have the most disagreeable quality of appearing in your own guise.” The spirit of the unconscious impersonates us, fooling even ourselves, as it cloaks itself in our form. This mercurial spirit has “put us on” as a disguise, appearing as ourselves, or at least who we imagine ourselves to be.

Why is man unconsciously pursuing the road to his perdition?

I posed this utterly scary but fundamentally vital question in a post yesterday. Through an incredible synchronicity the same day, I bumped into this article written by Paul Levy on Monica Cassani´s blog, which has given me the answer I have been long searching for.

Here some excerpts answering my initial question.


“It does seem that we are possessed by some demonic power that is leading us, trance like, into self-destruction.”

Jung comments, “…an unknown ‘something’ has taken possession of a smaller or greater portion of the psyche and asserts its hateful and harmful existence undeterred by all our insight, reason, and energy, thereby proclaiming the power of the unconscious over the conscious mind, the sovereign power of possession.”

“When we are possessed we are not free, we are not masters in our own house. When we are possessed by the unconscious, we become dissociated from ourselves such that, as Jung writes, there is “a tearing loose of part of one’s nature; it is the disappearance and emancipation of a complex, which thereupon becomes a tyrannical usurper of consciousness, oppressing the whole man. It throws him off course and drives him to actions whose blind one-sidedness inevitably leads to self-destruction.”

“Commandeering  and colonizing our psyche, a split-off, autonomous complex is, potentially, like a “vampiric virus,” in that it is fundamentally “dead” matter; it is only in a living being that it acquires a quasi-life. Just like a vampire re-vitalizes itself by sucking our life-force, when we unconsciously identify with an activated autonomous complex, we are literally animating and en-livening the undead. Complicit in our own victimization, we then unwittingly give away our freedom, power, and life-force in the process.

An autonomous complex can’t stand to be seen, however, in much the same way that a vampire detests the light. A demon or autonomous complex will shape-shift and do everything in its power to resist being illumined, for once it is seen, its autonomy and omnipotence are taken away. Anchored, connected and related to consciousness, the demon or autonomous complex can then no longer vaporize back into the unconscious, which is to say it is no longer able to possess us from behind and beneath our conscious awareness so as to compel us to unwittingly act it out and do its bidding .

When we “see” a demon, we know its name, which helps us to get a “handle” on it. Naming is exorcistic, as it dis-spells the demon’s power over us. Jung says that “The act of naming is, like baptism, extremely important as regards the creation of personality, for a magical power has been attributed to the name since time immemorial. To know the secret name of a person [or a demon] is to have power over him.” Elsewhere, Jung writes, “For mankind it was always like a deliverance from a nightmare when the new name was found.” Finding the name is an act of power. Jung comments, “The moment you can designate the lived archetype by its symbol, you feel relieved, that is a good and positive moment even if it is horrible…Therefore old Egyptian medicine consisted in giving the thing the right name…A new name always produces an extraordinary effect; we cannot rationalize these things, they cast a spell, they are symbols, they really do influence the unconscious as the unconscious influences us.”

“It is very important for us to re-introduce the words “demon” and “possession” back into our vocabulary, minus the fear that we will be seen as being primitive, crazy or even possessed ourselves if we use such words. We need to expand our psycho-spiritual fluency to enable us to navigate the living waters of our inner and outer landscapes. Being “possessed by demons” – taken over by unconscious, psychic forces – is something that happens to all of us, and it is to our great advantage to be able to properly name our experience. Finding the name empowers us to creatively engage with these parts of ourselves that are emerging from the shadows “in the name of healing.”

“So long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is strong. But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed, it perishes…As for ourselves, let us each dig down after the root of evil which is within each of us, and produces its fruit in our hearts. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want, and what we do want, we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it.”

Even if it´s rather long, I strongly recommend Paul Levy´s article for those interested. It is highly enlightening for the sincere seeker.

http://beyondmeds.com/2009/10/04/possession/

Normalized madness

Due to our prodigious unconsciousness, we are in the midst of an unprecedented collective psychosis that has become so normalized that very few people are even talking about it, which is itself an expression of our collective madness.

It is easier to talk or to argue with a dog or a cow than with someone possessed by the unconscious.

For nothing that one says permeates, it is impossible to pierce the wall they put up, it is a wall of unconscious beliefs, and people behind the wall cannot be reached. They are totally inaccessible.

There is no access because the human being is degraded to the state of an animal by the entity functioning behind the scene – entity that seems to be more a ghost than a divine being.

People who have fallen prey to their unconscious beliefs naturally attract and connect with each other, as they reciprocally reinforce each others’ madness.

An impenetrable bubble of shared, rigid beliefs gets conjured up
around them which deflects and resists any self-reflection which threatens their fixed worldview.
Anyone who reflects back their unconscious state is demonized
and seen as a heretic, blasphemer
and enemy.

– Carl Gustav Jung through Paul Levy

The signposts have fallen, unblazed trails lie before us

Verily so…Where do you go, who are you to follow when they all pointlessly
rush around with no destination?…

As Jung puts it, there are no longer any signposts to follow; the only direction shown
to you by them all, leads invariably to the secure land of failure and perdition.

You tread in a desert of total uncertainty. A no-man’s-land filled with ruin,
and unspeakable perils. With howling loneliness. You grope in this insidious darkness
which takes all imaginable or unimaginable shapes, ruthlessly giving itself for light.

Those you meet on your way are often calamitous souls disguised in normal people, 
whose only task is to drag you into ever more darkness and mishaps.

The acknowledged prevalent goal in anything leads inevitably to hell, and they
all hustle thither…

NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO IN THIS PRESENT PARADIGM, IT  FAILS. With
no exception.

Unless you want to pursue this by all trodden path to naught, you find yourself
being more lonely than loneliness itself.

Unless you want to embrace Death – that is, being “alive” but dead – you will have to face the trial of this uncanny loneliness and darkness, heading towards the forgotten Source of Life.

There is no path to take.

The Path is uncreated.

The spirit of the depths

…has subjugated all pride and arrogance to the power of judgment. He took away my belief in science, he robbed me of the joy of explaining and ordering things, and he let devotion to the ideals of this time die out in me. He forced me down to the last and simplest things.”

We no longer live on what we have, but on promises, no longer in the present day, but in the darkness of the future, which, we expect, will at last bring the proper sunrise. We refuse to recognize that everything better is purchased at the price of something worse; that, for example, the hope of greater freedom is canceled out by increased enslavement to the state, not to speak of the terrible perils to which the most brilliant discoveries of science expose us.

The less we understand of what our [forebears] sought, the less we understand ourselves, and thus we help with all our might to rob the individual of his roots and his guiding instincts, so that he becomes a particle in the mass, ruled only by what Neitzche called the spirit of gravity.”

~Carl Gustav Jung

Anyone who wants to know the human psyche

…will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology.

He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throughout the world. There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul.

— Carl Gustav Jung

For the ones ready to hear

Today humanity, as never before, is split into two irreconcilable  halves.

WHEN AN INNER SITUATION IS NOT MADE CONSCIOUS,
IT HAPPENS OUTSIDE, AS FATE.

That is to say, when the individual remains undivided, and does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposite halves.

– C.G. Jung

Says C.G.Jung

“With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.”

A dialogue about a recent post

The actual post is this:

“It may be socially correct to lie, fake and display what you aren´t, but “living” like this, is the perfect method to deny and kill yourself slowly and sure.”

Richard says:

“How about that: maybe people want to get killed. So what?”

Me:

Well, you see that´s the real issue with not few people – behind this unconscious morbid wish to not really wanna live, is the urge to destroy… – yourself, the people around you, ultimate the planet.

Of course, no one would ever admit they want to die, but it is quite obvious though, that many are not interested really in Living.

I have meditated on this for very long. I have no real answers, apart from my eager wish to get a coherent picture. For sure, it is very hard to decipher this insidious “truth” behind this obscure desire to die, as no one kind of is interested to see things from this perspective and engage in a serious discussion. It is indeed a very uncomfortable topic.

Anyhow, I kind of suspect that somehow humanity longs for its destruction “conscious-unconsciously” – the ego wants ultimately to dissolve itself through apocalyptic disruption – and if too many are in this situation, feeling unspeakable despair, self-contempt and disrespect for themselves and life, we will all be part of this collective nightmare.