Individuation and the Conflict of Opposites

This selection from, A Mid-Life Perspective: Conversations With The Unconscious, picks up on page 78 with the Oddly Shaped Man (the conscious standpoint) struggling under the tension of opposites. Along with repressed emotions, the pressures of new, creative contents from the unconscious increase the momentum of the individuation process, now perceived as an "alien will" as ego is openly confronted with the demand for wholeness...
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Comment by Evan Hanks on June 14, 2014 at 5:04am

My experience of the voice is of a power that makes demands, and is perceived as an ally only intuitively. To me, it's not about feeling wise and deep but overcoming just those personal and selfish issues you allude to; the reason it's such a conflict. Gerhard Adler wrote in his foreward to Erich Neumann's, Depth Psychology and a New Ethic, of the inner voice as "...a constant challenge to individual decision and responsibility, even where it may lead to rejection of collective morality." It's beyond ego's agenda, and you're right to question how deep is the depth for those who don't walk the talk.

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