Sunday, June 12, 2016

Who Looks Outside, Dreams. Who Looks Inside, Awakens

Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens”.
C.G. Jung
This is one of my favorite quotes.  Much of what I know about psychology is based on the teachings of C.G. Jung.  Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.  I realize that everyone is not introspective.  However, I am amazed at how little self-awareness most people have.  I encounter people of every age who have little desire for any kind of psychological or spiritual growth.  These people are able to function in life in a variety of ways but over time show little to no personal inner transformation.  The whole point of self-knowledge is to become transformed over the course of your life.  Psychology and spirituality are inter-twined and one supports the other.  Some people live their entire life and never know who they are.  Other people go to church every Sunday but never change.  Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.  As you grow in self-awareness and wisdom, you because aware that there is much in life bigger and more important than yourself.  This inner awakening is the beginning of spiritual awareness.  How you live in your awakened state is your spirituality.  Spirituality is nothing more than how you live in an awakened state in your reality.  Spirituality is your spirit into your reality.  If and when you reach this awakened state it is not something you turn on and off.  You can’t be all holy at church and a jerk at work.  Yes, you are still human and may have a bad moment but an awakened and transformed person is a light for others wherever they are.      

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