“…open doors for you where there were only walls.” I am scared. I filled out an application to enter into a PhD. Program in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. It is a real paradox in that I believe that the modality I want to study is outdated and not serving the needs of the culture any longer.
“If the fundamental principle of psychological life is differentiation, then no single perspective can embrace psychological life, and norms are the delusions that parts prescribe to one another.”
This is where we are. I am so glad for Jung/Frued and the rest. I might still be drinking/using and/or ingesting whatever” thing” I could use to not feel had it not been for them. I am so glad when Erica, who was sitting there in that office in the Napa Valley almost 26 years ago, said “I would love to work with you Jim, but you have to stop drinking and using first.” It was not more than a couple of days before Ggod lifted the compulsion to use and drink.
But we are working with information systems and stimulus overload that no one could have imagined when the Jungian paradigm was at it’s most effective. Now we have drugs, drugs and an occasional therapy session as your HMO dictates. We are really just masking the symptoms and assuaging the “deep seated…emotional conflicts that persist below the level of consciousness,” by the methodology that we are using.
If the parameters are such, then what can we do to increase the individuals chance of overcoming, or at the least allowing the healing processes to take place and hopefully start to change the way we are looking out at our own world.
But like Hillman says, “The whole world is sick….and you can’t put this right by having a good therapeutic dialogue or finding deeper meanings. It’s not about meaning anymore; it’s about survival.” That sucks. We are living to stay alive? Are we not hear to do what needs to be done, to live out Ggod’s will for us? Isn’t our charge to make the world better, at least more empathetic than it was before we got here?
Notice I am not talking about doing any sort of behavioral therapy. We in AA know that those ordered to come to AA by the nudge from the judge, who are ordered to go by the judge, usually don’t make it because they don’t want to be there. I don’t believe that you can think your way into better acting. I do however think you can act your way into better thinking. I act based on my emotional state and view of the world. It is that simple.
“Each person enters the world called.” I really thought I was put here to be the best criminal defense attorney around. I thought that by making the government be honest, to make the laws truly enforced, I could make the world a better place. I might have. But when my depression took over, I could not get up to go to Court any more. I had no fight in me. I was talking with a dear friend today and I commented that I wanted that fire back. Not the fire to take on the government because for me that was really not emotionally rewarding. I could not reach my clients and help them change their lives no matter how hard I tried.
“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” It sucks that no one I know has blazed this path. Trust me, I am not saying that there aren’t smarter and more experienced people than me, and I quote them all the time, who have chopped down some of the forest that lies ahead of me. But they did it in a different area of the forest than I am in. They just made it so there is a little light on my path, it is not clear.
I am grateful that my Doctor diagnosed me about 3 years ago with depression. I am angry at him also. I am grateful for the Leprechaun and I wish at one level I had never met him. You wonder why? Because they have made it so I get to deal with that “stuff,” I have been running from my whole life. The stuff I have been” depressing.”
 Joseph Campbell  Joseph Campbell James Hillman James Hillman
123 RV. Forgiveness comes from humility, permission from fear.