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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Strive to Arrive

Full Consciousness

It is enormously important for the whole world that some individuals grow to a deep and full consciousness.”
Helen Luke (“Then It Is Given to You;” Parabola, Summer, 2016)

Helen Luke (1904-1995) was an English-born Jungian Analyst and author of several books on the subject of individuation. She wrote quite clearly about the process of personal evolution past the sensitivities of the ego to a state of openness; a kind of universal love. Don't fret if you aren't there because it is the journey of a lifetime, and believe me, I'm not there either. But it's singularly important that we strive to arrive, so to speak. We get there by bringing to consciousness all that is within us, and practicing acceptance of what we find. What results is a “love beyond all desiring, all emotions, and that is whole in itself because nothing is excluded.” (Helen Luke)

Watching the American Presidential election campaigns of 2016 has been a study in just how far we are from universal consciousness. One look at the world news, reinforces that perspective. We, as a species, will either sink or swim based on our ability to evolve past our ego desires. Past our grasping to get the biggest piece of the pie, and our need to keep others down because they might take too much. We must gain an understanding of just how we do that, and begin to turn it around, or we will fall into chaos. That's what makes it absolutely essential that as many of us as possible take on the work of raising our level of consciousness.

We shy away from this kind of personal work because it's hard. We find it difficult to look at ourselves honestly, and accept the parts of us that are dark. We also find it hard not to follow the crowd. Here is what Jesus had to say about it: “Go in through the narrow gate, because wide is the gate and spacious is the road leading to destruction, and many will go through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few will find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) We humans have an aversion to looking at ourselves as part of the problem, but we must if we want to take the road that leads to “love beyond all desiring...because nothing {and no one} is excluded.”

                                                       In the Spirit,
                                                          Jane



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