Soul and aloneness are as a dolphin swimming in deep ocean waters. Discovering soul,  we experience an enhanced sense of connection with others and a remarkably cohesive sense of self. Yet, there remains an essential aloneness. It is not loneliness, which often betrays disconnection from self and intimate othersrather, it is a sense of inner wholeness, completion within oneself. 

C.G. Jung wrote, "I had to understand that I was unable to make the people see what I am after. I am practically alone.  There are a few who understand this and that, but almost nobody sees the whole....I have failed in my foremost task: to open people’s eyes to the fact that man has a soul and there is a buried treasure in the field and that our religion and philosophy are in a lamentable state."  (Psychological Perspectives 6/1 (Spring 1975), p. 14). 

Jung, for me, has been both an inspiration and a cautionary tale. His words intone a desperation to "open people's eyes." My first depth psychotherapist, an east Indian trained at Zurich during Jung's tenure, often related that Jung struck him as "such a mixed bag." He fashioned himself an avatar of consciousness, surrounding himself with followers, in this  a certain sadness borne of an unrelenting desire to be noted,  understood, and perhaps to not have to bear the tension of standing so alone . 

A patient remarked, "I'm the odd man out in my family. I need to leave it that way, because when I press it and try to get through then I lose my peace. I become unhappy." 

There is wisdom in standing alone, and letting things be. We needn't try and get through to others. However, it requires bearing the tension of desiring understanding yet maintaining the willingness to rest content with soul, the treasure once buried now unearthed .

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Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on July 23, 2015 at 9:32am

Good morning Paul + Randy – awe yes, initiations – awakening into the divine mysteries [spiritual realm of psyche/soul experiences]….the inanimate, subtle etheric, energetic body forms – connecting with mythic thought forms/rivers/oceans - universal ancient wisdoms [inner/outer light/dark prism ray moments]…whether it be a voice, musical notes, image, smell, taste or sixth sense knowing]…now revealed, rooted and scattered across the sands and cords of time…[turned on and into the sensory-perceptually deeply embedded fields…deeply held [contained within]…now a felt sense [named a dream, a vision, a calling, an awakening or rude awakening [my case] dependent upon the shield, colour prism manifest]...inherent in profound depth, desert…beside oneself experiences…one’s living death…that prying off dead centre [comfort zone]…when one is open to question, explore… while in that... alone but not lonely state/place…and connect with the finer vibrations of our core vibrations – our closed systems [CNS, CVS] to simply be with, connect and feel one’s true pulse [getting embodied with one’s life source, rhythm force]…our true hearts song…that rests ever so patiently in the mist, solitude and silence of the well, the cup that overflows...ready, willing and able to fill one up with all that is needed, free to give and truly matters… lovely your greetings were to receive this morning and tugged on my heart strings…have a blessed and fabulous day.  Peace + Love Linda 

Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on July 23, 2015 at 8:21am


Good point as it suggests that self reflection and furthering our own growth process perhaps initiates us into mysteries at one and the same time in tune with Jung's thought and then branching our into our own discoveries, something that I think the true heart of Jung would very much find and walk our own path.

Comment by Randy Westfall on July 23, 2015 at 5:44am

Paul, I always like your thoughtful submissions and this one got me thinking again about Jung and what he could not express so accurately about our reality to folks who created all the "isms" from the groundbreaking work that had been done in his time.

"....I have failed in my foremost task: to open people’s eyes to the fact that man has a soul and there is a buried treasure in the field and that our religion and philosophy are in a lamentable state."

The book I'm reading now, Dream Interpretation Ancient & Modern (notes from seminar 1936-1940) contains commentary and interpretation for the dreams of Cardanus from 1538, who not only regularly spoke with the dead in his dreams, but was aware many times that he was dreaming, throughout these interactions. Some would call this lucid dreaming, today.

I think we all have done this, and there is a lot to learn from these interactions, but the stigma in the popular culture is that it is unusual, that it is indicative of mental illness or possession, or that the dreamer is on to a new religion, etc. We must gain a new perspective.

Anyway, it inspires me to look at my dream journal and to write about my own experiences with the dead (or energies projected as such), including what I may have taken away from them, moving forward in my own life. Our continued self reflection may help Jung to be understood, after all.

Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on July 22, 2015 at 1:20pm

Good afternoon Linda. Alone but not lonely, exchange with you always nurturing the fullness.

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on July 22, 2015 at 12:07pm

Good afternoon Paul - awe yes, alone but not lonely...beautiful said and thank you.  Peace + Love Linda

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