Work at the archetypal level

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious."

"Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

"The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life.

Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite, can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance.

Thus we demand that the world grant us recognition for qualities which we regard as personal possessions: our talent or our beauty. The more a man lays stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity he has for what is essential, the less satisfying is his life.

He feels limited because he has limited aims, and the result is envy and jealousy. If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change.

In our relationships to other men, too, the crucial question is whether an element of boundlessness is expressed in the relationship."    -- Carl Jung


"There is no consciousness without discrimination of opposites. What is stirred in us is that faraway background, those immemorial patterns of the human mind, which we have not acquired but have inherited from the dim ages of the past."

"I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and distant ancestors. It often seems as if there is an impersonal karma within a family, which is passed on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had to answer questions which fate had posed to my forefathers, and which had not yet been answered, or that I had to complete, or perhaps continue, things which previous ages had left unfinished."

"Children unconsciously remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly. Constellations are a way of discovering underlying family bonds and forces that have been carried unconsciously over several generations."
-- Bertold Ulsamer

With refractory concerns and disquiet, only work at the archetypal level seems to be definitive.

"A woman who had a 15 year history of depression had done many psychodramas on the profoundly unsatisfactory nature of her relationship with her mother. She had 'killed' her mother off many times in psychodramas to no avail. She finally performed a drama which culminated in a scene, where as a Kali-like blood-crazed goddess, she cut her mother's heart out and danced a savage dance of Cosmic destruction.

From then on her real relationship with her mother gradually and steadily improved, and there were no further dramas about Mother. She also began to take conscious responsibility for her destructive urges (1) in her relationship with her son and (2) her relationship with herself. Her self-poisoning behaviour ceased."
-- A Jungian Perspective by Leon Petchkovsky.

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