Reconnecting with the Sacred: Finding Home

“The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not?
 That is the telling question of his life.”
-(-C.G. Jung, 1961, pp. 356-7).

Watching what’s going on on our planet each day, I am continually struck by the suffering and grief that seems to be inherent in the human condition. It occurs to me that part of the problem is that western culture places so much value on individualism, independence, and getting ahead, venerating community and interdependence less. As a result, many of us generally live lives of separation, disconnected in various ways from a larger kinship of our fellow human beings, unable to perceive how intrinsic each of us and every single aspect of earth and nature is to each other. It often seems to take a tragedy to bring us together in community, force us to meet our neighbors, or realize a felt sense of being part of something larger than our individual selves living our everyday lives.

Due to our overwhelming self-centeredness (a term I use not to mean arrogance so much as the unconscious evolutionary tendency to create our lives to revolve around what’s important to “me”: my life, my schedule, my work, my preferences, my family, etc.), it seems  our cultural evolution has led us to abandon both the general human community as well as the earth itself. Little do we realize this leaves us vulnerable on many fronts.

Without a larger circle of support from interconnection, or the sense of being held within a greater fabric of being, stressors stemming from challenges we’ve created for ourselves through various aspects of culture and development (along with their correlating psychological issues) affect us more deeply. Climate change, ecological destruction, natural disasters, and pathological culture-related events including outbreaks of violence all feed into our anxiety and fear, triggering sometimes unhealthy coping mechanisms. In addition, without community, we lose the capacity for having our own actions reflected back to us, causing those actions to appear to occur in a vacuum without apparent consequence.

Navigating the Coming Chaos - Carolyn Baker

The unconscious ways we each contribute to our collective discomfort and dis-ease in a world where we have isolated and alienated ourselves only serve to amplify and perpetuate a drastic systemic imbalance for both nature and culture. This imbalance continues to feed on itself, manifesting in a critical rise in adverse conditions for earth and all its inhabitants. Carolyn Baker offers some excellent and compelling insights into the... (click here to read entire post)

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Comment by Bonnie Bright on June 16, 2013 at 10:36pm

Bob--Thank you for your lovely sharing and reminder of our limitations. This is very meaningful to me right now, and I suspect many of us can identify with your words. This whole idea of developing the weaker aspects, especially within the context of "others"--put so succinctly by Jung in the quote you provide--is very symbolic.

We can't individuate in a vacuum. We have to have others to give us some sort of context, even if it's contrast we'd prefer not to have to face. Your post gives me hope, though. None of us is "in it" alone. We all learn and grow by our relationships, even the ones that don't develop quite as we'd wish. Sometimes the way we evolve from disappointments is created by the nigredo--or blackest, most repugnant processes--of everyday life. By sinking into the depths we can somehow be reborn with new understanding and come into new relationship with ourselves and each other.

I like that word "fruitful." New fruit bearing bushes and trees often stem out of fruit that has rotted enough for the seeds to find their way back organically into the fertile soil and sprout.... 

Comment by Bob Cvetkovic on June 16, 2013 at 1:47pm

Izvini Aleksander, ja sam skolovan u engleski - moj govor je govna ! u nasi jezik! ja sam doso u Australiju u 1959 kad sam bijo beba od 3 godine. Kad mislim u nasi jezik - je kao sam jos dete i nemam dobru gramatiku ni mogucnost da objasnim sebe . As you can see Aleksander even though I can speak serbian we all have limitations we have to live with in some apsects of our lives and we excel in other aspects  - I think that is aprt of maturation and individuation - the accpetance of those things we cannot change, developing the weaker elements that we can, and flourishing in the gifts we have - doing this with commitment and not compulsion. So I applaud you in your investigations and encourage you - even if I don't understand what your theories mean - whillst wishing you a balanced growth along your path in life. I am happy to continue in dialogue 

"Fruitful Introversion is possible only when there is also a relation to the outside." ~Carl Jung, Letter to Emma von Pelet, 4April1949.

I found this on the Maxwell Purringtonposted to Carl Jung Depth Psychology facebook page. Its a wonderful quote. 

I interpret this to mean that its important for me to have good relationships with people and my interiority - whatever that means! 

US mathematical physicist-turned-hedge-fund-consultant Eric Weinstein is apparently in the (very) early stages of revealing his homemade theory of everything, developed over two decades, alone, in his spare time. But this type of lone genius is less common than you might imagine - and despite popular belief, Einstein wasn't one, writes Katherine J Mack. 

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check that quote out as well - a lot of people can have a theory about everything and still bring a richness to life from their own unique perspective - that is the wonder of existence . Be kind to us and yourself in these dialogues and explorations.

Comment by Bob Cvetkovic on June 15, 2013 at 5:43am

HI Aleksander, I can't speak to the discussion - I don't understand it the way you do? what is the answer you are looking for?

Comment by Bonnie Bright on June 14, 2013 at 2:14pm

I can empathize, Aleksander. I think what you're feeling is very much representative of the symptoms of culture collapse disorder. We are all longing for "home" in the sense of community, belonging, and making meaning. Many of us in this particular community are trying to tap into that and bring others together, offer insights or education, point out information that may be helpful, or engage in conversation....but it's a gargantuan task given the way our culture works right now. The amount of fragmentation, the speed of daily life, the time limitations and the demands for so many different things pulling us in so many different directions make it impossible on many levels to actually connect with others and stay connected, no matter how good the intentions. There are still, unfortunately, too few of us humans doing this work and too much work to be done for it to all run as smoothly as we would wish. But then, the journey is part of the process, is it not?

Often this lack of response makes us want to withdraw altogether to save us the pain of feeling rejected, out of place, or not belonging...but on the other hand, withdrawal only leads to more separation and isolation. What is the answer? I don't know, except hopefully (and I speak for myself with all of this) to be able to "hold the tension" of not getting a response as part of the challenge and, in holding in long enough, perhaps a new transcendent way will arise and we'll break ourselves out of this difficult pattern and into a new way of collective being--both online and out in the world....

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