Analytical psychology, alchemy, and crystals
Carl Jung said it much better than I ever could:
“Feeling informs you through its feeling-tones of the values of things. Feeling tells you for instance whether a thing is acceptable or agreeable or not. It tells you what a thing is WORTH to you….It is, like thinking, a rational function.”
Who is Carl Jung? Let's find out about Sigmund Freud first.
Carl Jung was a contemporary and student of Sigmund Freud. Freud is consider to be the founding father of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.
Carl Jung was psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology. Which is considered to have been in response to Freud's talk therapy.
Jung was responsible for such constructs as synchronicity, individuation, the collective unconscious, and the concept of archetypes.
We've all heard of these great men but for me I came close and personal to Jung's work when helping a masters psy student with their thesis. And when I came across his links to the occult and how all these WOO ideologies actually had a reason, could help, the shadow side, and were of the collective unconscious, and worthy of research.
Are crystals just woo?
Well, yes and no.
Basics first. You see, you need the rocks until you realise the power of the rock is within you. A tad meta and yet, it rings true.
Most people practice earth based practices or wiccan practices. By lighting candles, wishing on a first star, gardening, having flowers in the house, buying a salt lamp, sight seeing, cycling. Really anything that involves being outdoors and holding an appreciation for nature and the world.
Others take it a step further by casting a circle with crystals and lighting a candle, inviting god, earth, moon, sun, air, fire, water...into the circle to bless it and imbue it with power. As they light the candle they hold an intention for themselves. Prephaps they touch all the elements in the circel with Holy Water. Who knows? And then they finidh it with a - And so it is.
A Fleet and Flower insta pic below celebrating the Summer Solstice
This is waned out or only carried out during Solstice and other Pagan celebrations. And even then it is carried out to give thank to the earth that tends to us.
You see, the person has internalised the process the way you allow yourself to be loved. You no longer need physical elements or rituals as you have become what they represent.
That magic. And that's what Carl Jung was obsessed with discovering.
'People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn the literature of the whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls. Thus the soul has gradually been turned into a Nazareth from which nothing good can come.'
Psychology & Alchemy (1952)
This is where meditation can help, having a journal and noting a true self-reflective practices. It's be great to get to a stage in life where we just have crystals 'cause they are pretty and have good vibes. And not because we need them.
I always have a Tiger's eye in my bag when flying because that's when it important to show responsibility for your fears of flying and do all that you can to take care of yourself.
It's sunny here in Ireland and I am off to Transcendental Meditation in Cork tonight. Cannot wait. I went to Japa Meditation in Cashel last night and it was glorious. I'll post about it soon.