Carl Jung on living an authentic life

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It could be argued that at the heart of Jungian therapy is the aim of experiencing and living an authentic life.

That is not the language that Carl Jung used, but it does express a central idea of his psychology, which he called ‘individuation.’ Put very simply, individuation is the process by which individuals become more fully themselves.

Individuation involves differentiating oneself from conformity with collective values, which does not necessarily mean rejecting those values. Rather, it means the ability to choose the values by which one will live instead of merely living out social norms in an unreflective and unconscious way.

In other words, the individuation process is a deepening and maturing of one’s individuality and sense of authenticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

WE who cannot make our peace with a social order dedicated to plunder and destruction are mentally suspect…

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WE who cannot make our peace with a social order dedicated to plunder and destruction are mentally suspect, because responsible adulthood entails setting aside the childish notion that the world can be transformed into something within which a decent person would want to live, in order to concentrate on the supremely important matter of reproducing an increasingly imperiled social order dedicated to getting and spending. This is the reigning definition of sanity in our times. God help anyone who insists that social and political reality, not personal attitudes and reactions, is what needs to be adjusted. … [click on title to read and view more]

It gets better: Extreme sensitivity to noise, touch, movement, commotion etc…

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During these times I was unable to sit upright in bed. I was only able to walk to the bathroom and rarely to the kitchen. My muscles became totally atrophied. I was too weak to hold a toothbrush up to my mouth and therefore went a couple of years without doing what most people consider simple acts of hygiene. I wrote with the laptop propped on my knees and my head propped up a bit with a pillow. Writing was a lifeline that helped me continue. It’s been a source of great joy to find out that my keeping this blog has helped so many others.

This is not my reality anymore. I am up and out of bed. I practice yoga daily. I dance, I walk and I cookand run errands and do chores. I have not achieved perfect functioning. I still can’t make firm commitments or travel. Still I can enjoy many things in life and I’ve developed a deep appreciation for what I’ve been through and how much it has taught me. Life is a wondrous thing and simply being alive is a reason to be grateful as far as I’m concerned. … [click on title to read and view more]

Trauma and The Soul: A psycho-spiritual approach to human development and its interruption

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With beautifully synchronistic timing, yesterday, I just posted about Donald Kalsched’s first book, The Inner World of Trauma. The Inner Life of Trauma was a most fundamentally important book for me and it seems many others. Today I found this lovely interview on a friend’s blog about his second book, Trauma and the Soul. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Inner World of Trauma

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I will be using the word trauma to mean any experience that causes the child unbearable psychic pain or anxiety. For an experience to be “unbearable” means that it overwhelms the usual defensive measures which Freud described as a “protective shield against stimuli.” Trauma of this magnitude varies from the acute, shattering experiences of child abuse so prominent in the literature today to the more “cumulative traumas” of unmet dependency-needs that mount up to devastating effect in some children’s development, including the more acute deprivations of infancy described by Winnicott as “primitive agonies,” the experience of which is “unthinkable.” The distinguishing feature of such trauma is what Heinz Kohut called “disintegration anxiety,” an unnameable dread associated with the threatened dissolution of a coherent self.” … [click on title to read and view more]

Many dangerous drugs have been used to therapeutic effect

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Many dangerous drugs have been used to therapeutic effect I don’t ever deny that…there is a time and place for most things under the sun.

Pharma dangerously, for capitalistic purposes, pushes drugs that should be used once in a blue moon to the masses…harming 1000s and killing many as well. … [click on title to read and view more]

It gets better: A Portrait of Poly Psychopharmacology

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This is the first of the “It gets better” series. The “It gets better” collection will be a series of republished posts from when I was gravely ill from the psych drug withdrawal process and the following protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome. So many folks out there are now going through the heinous process of finding their way through psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome and other iatrogenic injuries from psychiatric drugging.

While many find their way through after weeks or months, for others it can take years to really get out of the deep disability and darkness it creates. I’m going to start reposting my personal pieces from those difficult days, so that people can see how far I’ve come and find hope that they too might come out of that darkness and find some peace and joy again. I know it’s possible from my own experience and from the many who have found healing and wellness again on this journey ahead of me and with me. … [click on title to read and view more]

Be aware that you are a link in the chain of being

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You live in contraction, thinking of yourself as an individual. Where do the terms “me” and “mine” find meaning? When you really look into yourself you cannot say the body belongs to you…

You are what you absorb. You eat vegetables, fish.. and these are dependent on light, the sun, warmth. The light is related to the moon… and the stars are all related. There is nothing personal in us. The body is in organic relationship with the Universe. … … [click on title to read and view more]

My life-bound friend…

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Really love this. You can download it from soundcloud and there is a whole playlist from the artist here. … [click on title to read and view more]

On sanity and self-inquiry

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Getting sane with inquiry means what was a minuscule awareness of my thoughts became a broader awareness of thoughts. It’s like being in a dark room with just a flickering light. Perhaps I’ve always been aware of this light, but when I started doing inquiry I began to investigate these flickers of light. What is it that is aware? What is hiding in the shadows where my beliefs are? I was the caretaker for a mansion full of beliefs that I imagined defined my identities and the vast majority of these were painful. Well, actually all of them were painful! … [click on title to read and view more]

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