Carl Jung on emotion, conflict & consciousness

“The stirring up of conflict is a Luciferian virtue in the true sense of the word. Conflict engenders fire, the fire of affects and emotions, and like every other fire it has two aspects, that of combustion and that of creating light. On the one hand, emotion is the alchemical fire whose warmth brings everything into existence and whose heat burns all superfluities to ashes (omnes superfluitates comburit). But on the other hand, emotion is the moment when steel meets flint and a spark is struck forth, for emotion is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion.”

Carl Jung

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A Counsel of Resistance & Delight in the Face of Fear – Martin Shaw

https://medium.com/@schoolofmyth/a-counsel-of-resistance-and-delight-in-the-face-of-fear-91ddb91dc415

Please click on the above for this piece on http://www.medium.com from local storyteller, Martin Shaw. It feels like one of the most important and resonant things the writer of this blog has seen in the last few months. A touchstone for our times…

‘Love derails world-weary strategy, loosens cynicism from your heart, laces every single one of your bones with a complete re-boot of wonder. You guide your cattle through the Altai mountains in just one night and arrive at a green, slow-swishing Irish sea with moon-white sand between your toes. It is the greatest thing. Stay away from anyone that tells you otherwise. I mean turn around and walk away.’

Thank you, Martin – and Vera de Chalambert on Facebook for posting the link.

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Counselling Exeter since 1994

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Your True Home – John O’Donohue

Click on the above link to visit John O’Donohue’s page on Facebook for this beautiful meditation.

We are struck that his conclusion is the same as Carl Rogers – when we are able to come home to ourselves and be with our own experiencing, we naturally and inherently also turn outwards and become available for authentic relationship and community.

Here is the text, for those who have trouble seeing FB links:-

YOUR TRUE HOME

Each one of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. Most of the activity in society is subconsciously designed to quell the voice crying in the wilderness within you. The mystic Thomas a Kempis said that when you go out into the world, you return having lost some of yourself. Until you learn to inhabit your aloneness, the lonely distraction and noise of society will seduce you into false belonging, with which you will only become empty and weary. When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a sense of true belonging. This is a slow and open-ended transition but it is utterly vital in order to come into rhythm with your own individuality. In a sense this is the endless task of finding your true home within your life. It is not narcissistic, for as soon as you rest in the house of your own heart, doors and windows begin to open outwards to the world. No longer on the run from your aloneness, your connections with others become real and creative. You no longer need to covertly scrape affirmation from others or from projects outside yourself. This is slow work; it takes years to bring your mind home.

John O’Donohue
Excerpt from ETERNAL ECHOES

And here is the book link:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eternal-Echoes-John-ODonohue-2000/dp/B00DEKB6RO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517311101&sr=8-1&keywords=eternal+echoes+john+o%27donohue

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How You Are Already Seeding Transformation – Joe Brewer

https://medium.com/@joe_brewer/how-you-are-already-seeding-transformation-d14a516d2850

Click on the above link for this inspiring piece from Joe. Thanks to Justine Corrie on Facebook for showing us this. Here’s an excerpt:-

Imagine the surface of a mountain lake in winter. The air has fallen below freezing and the water has not frozen over yet. Thousands of “tiny islands” of ice form as little nucleation spots — each floating separately and in isolation from the others.

Surrounding these tiny islands is the turbulent mixing of water and air, some above freezing temperature and some below. It is this turbulence that keeps the water liquid even though the air is cold enough to congeal the surface. Then a quickening occurs… a number of the ice pockets bump into each other and begin to float in harmony with each other.

And in a flash the thousands of tiny islands become woven together as the crinkle of ice spreads across the entire lake.

This is called a phase transition. It is how liquid and gas perform a beautiful dance and move the water from fluid to crystal phase. It happens energetically as a mixing pattern that is distributed across the entire lake. It happens everywhere-all-at-once — self organizing in many places and achieving synchronicity as a globally emergent pattern.

Now imagine instead of a lake that we are seeing the physical process of social change in culture for an economic or political system. Instead of water molecules you’ll need to think about stories, social norms, and standard practices — how people think about, make sense of, and go about doing things.”

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Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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A Fox & A Mouse – Award-winning animated short ESMA

Click on the You Tube link above for this touching short animation about separateness, encounter, empathy and evolving perceptions/relationship. The directors are Camille Chaix, Hugo Jean, Juliette Jourdan, Marie Pillier and Kevin Roger, with music by Clement Osmont and Olivier Defradat. Gratitude to all.

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Dr. Gabor Maté on Donald Trump, Traumaphobia & Compassion – John Lavitt

https://www.thefix.com/dr-gabor-mate-donald-trump-traumaphobia-and-compassion-interview

‘…a few days ago, I met a young woman who was an emergency room physician in Detroit, and she had graduated from medical school in Michigan. Although I knew the answer, I asked her how many lectures she had received in medical school about emotional trauma. Not only had she not received a single lecture, but she also said emotional trauma wasn’t even mentioned once in any of the classes that she took. This absence is astounding when you consider the fact that trauma is the basis of most mental illness and most addiction. Also, and this should be obvious, there are all kinds of secondary physical consequences as well.’

Click on the link above to visit http://www.thefix.com for this gripping interview with Gabor Maté. Makes perfect sense to us….and the combination of realism and compassion is rare and refreshing. We do a lot of long term trauma work at this service. In our experience he is right about traumaphobia and ignorance in the medical (and psychiatric) profession, and in our wider society. And that obstructs any meaningful and appropriate response to what is everyone’s issue in a society which routinely traumatizes and normalizes – it’s just that some of us (like Donald Trump) play this through from a position of power and others (like the homeless heroin addict) from a position of social exclusion and scapegoating.

Our favoured blame-and-shame model manifests cultural shadow, at whatever level it plays out. It is – superficially – far easier than an open, in depth encounter with the nuanced complexities of our experience and ways of engaging with each other. But the risks and the costs of continuing with our current personal and societal shadow play are, of course, astronomically high – and mounting all the time.

We are grateful for Gabor’s voice, and those of others speaking truth to power.

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Counselling Exeter since 1994

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