Self Knowledge

Tao & Zen

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~Carl Jung

Another life lesson we—that is, I—have to learn over and over. Why does a friend irritate me so when she does a certain something? What is there in that that is in me? Plus, I believe that the more we learn the more difficult things become. That is, within the lessons we are to learn. Not easier in the dark to see, but more hidden and more disguised.

Did I tell you about the phone calls I used to get in my sleep? Someone would call me up to contradict a thought I’d had or a statement I’d made about my progress. I loved this and tried and tried to figure out whose voice it was. The voice was so familiar but I couldn’t quite place it. “Fear? You think you have overcome Fear? My dear, you are loaded with Fear.” Who said that? Who was calling? I knew it was my subconscious, but not the manifestation of the voice. Once I understood—it was my own voice, of course—I no longer received the calls. Damn! Too easy I guess. Growth is painful and it doesn’t happen on our timetable. It also requires work. Double Damn!

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