Jung and Healing Through Facing The Shadow Using Magick as a Tool
I never accept anything as face value. Nor should you. I like to bring my computer science and teaching background, couple them with my psychology reading and apply a hefty dose of critical analysis to sum up my own meaning.
I have always loved using essential oils and the slow ritual or blending them. I adored hiring a Reki master to bless my work, and I loved creating after meditation.
It felt like magick, so why not light a candle? Why not cast a circle of salt? Why not pick a tarot card? All of these things slowly added up to Fleet and Flower - a spiritual and magickal brand but with a critical academic mind behind it. Let's see what Just had to say about magickal thinking -
Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.
From Psychology and Religion by C.G. Jung (1938)
Some aspects of alternative views/paganism/new age spiritualism/meditation can be seen through the veil of navel gazing or child's play. However, we can use these as tools on a journey to enlightenment.
Jung is almost optimistic for the damaged individual. He believes we can all heal ourselves by tapping into our unconscious to face our demons and accepting them thus making us whole. This meeting of the unconscious is done through the use of magick, tarot, rituals, symbols such as archetypes, myths, fairytales, books and facing our dark side.
I like this quote from him also:
To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.
“Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology” (1959)
Ain't psychology grand? It is my wish for 2017 to blog more about metaphysics, magick, psychology and science in an attempt to broadcast the importance of using these alternative ways as a tool to true oneness, acceptance, and happiness.
PS more to come about A Course in Miracles, the book. The Book. Also, our perfume will be launching soonish. We need to buy the export cert and more pretty things for it. Did I mention that I am a teacher, a spiritual, wife, dog mom, auntie, yogi, blogger/Fleet and Flower gal? Busy times.