06/28/2020

Carl Jung said,
“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.”

We refuse to bear the pain of being alive--
the pain of coming to life
within our own lives.

The agony of the delivery room
is not just the mother's.

We continue to birth ourselves
long after we are born,
throughout our life.

Or not.

To refuse to bring ourselves forth
to meet our circumstances,
square up to our inner contradictions,
rise to every occasion,
and be who we are,
no matter what,
again and again,
in each situation as it arises,
is to die again and again,
and finally to waste our entire life
by refusing to live it.

Carl Jung said,
“In the final analysis,
we count for something
only because of the essential
that we embody.
If we do not embody that,
life is wasted.”

This "essential"
is our Original Nature.
The face that was ours
before we were born.
Our Essence.
Our essential identity.
Who we are.

Carl Jung said,
“The development of personality
means fidelity to the law of one’s own being.”

"The law of one's own being"
is our Original Nature,
our essential identity,
who we are born to be,
to incarnate,
to bring forth within 
the context and circumstances
of our life,
moment-by-moment-by-moment,
which we sacrifice continually
upon the altar
of success,
or popularity,
or wealth,
or fitting in/belonging...

We neglect/reject who we are
in service to all we have to do
to have the life
we want for ourselves--
never-minding the life our Self
wants for us.

Here we are.
Now what?

It always comes down
to bearing the pain
that must be borne,
to suffering the agonies
that must be suffered,
in allowing our life
to bring us forth
to meet our circumstances/ourselves,
and do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

Beginning here and now.

Never-minding getting what we want,
and having it made.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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