This is the best way I can look at the experiences of the last few years. I did not want to be “diagnosed,” (which is really a metaphor for “educated guess,”) with depression. But I was and here I am and it is real today.
I was at one of my favorite events the other day, the Thanksgiving alcothon, and was in a meeting with one of my favorite people. He is one of my favorites because he openly discusses this whole concept of a Ggod and doesnt mind leaving the idea out there as a point of discussion rather than a struggle or a question that needs an answer
“Spirit, like God, denotes an object of psychic experience which cannot be proved to exist in the external world and cannot be understood rationally.” What I dont understand is why we think we “know,” what this Ggod thing is!
“God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.”(1) When I truly realize that I dont have a clue about anything as far as the why we are here question, since I cannot understand it, then life has that child like quality of being a fun, interesting mystery. I know I do better when the quality of mystery is present. Not fear of, but interest in, whatever it is that is in front of me. “This is its meaning if we use the word “spirit” in its best sense.”
“Once we have freed ourselves from the prejudice that we have to refer to concepts of external experience or to a priori categories of reason, we can turn our attention and curiosity wholly to that strange and unknown thing we call spirit.” I pray for our sake that we, the collective we, get to the point that we realize that we have lost that spirit of life and have made the external expression of our fear, called “knowing,” what any Ggod is is not based on anything but our unconscious being projected onto others.
123 RV, SA, PA, PH, RW
*I heard this the other day on “Red Band Society.” All other quotes from Carl Jung except (1) Joseph Campbell.