Linking the Conscious with the Unconscious Mind

Posted August 7, 2012 by jackmeier
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The little girl had a dream that she was having a conversation with her grandmother. In it she told her grandmother, “Grandmama, I can make myself disappear.” Her grandmother replied, “Nonsense, child, no one can do that!” This reply upset the child so she woke up. After thinking about it for a while, she fell asleep again and, as sometimes happens, she re-entered the same dream. Her grandmother stared at her in shock and said. “Lord, child, how did you do that?”

For years, I thought of this as an amusing tale, which it is, but it is actually much more. Long before I ran across it, I had asked Hermes in an active imagination why it is that when one asks for something, one may or may not get it, and if one does, it is frequently in the form of a disaster. He replied in the form which is most common with him; that is, with a metaphor. The answer did have a literal meaning; that was that I should carefully explain to him why I wanted it, if it was necessary for me in my life, and give him any details necessary, because, he said, he can not know my life except through what I describe to him in words,  and also through my dreams. Read the rest of this post »

Healing Then and Now

Posted October 29, 2011 by jackmeier
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A neurosis is suffering that has not yet found its meaning.

A neurosis is an offended god.

These are both statements that Jung made at different times, and they both mean the same thing. It all depends on your point of view. I hope to show today that there are many ways to heal, all of which work, but none works unfailingly. Whether they work or not, I suspect it again depends on your point of view That people struggle so hard to show that their methods are superior to others, past and present, tells us more about the people than it does about their methods. However, I shall not bore you with statistics. Although statistics never lie, statisticians often do. We tend to use statistics as drunks use lampposts, more for support than illumination. In determining if a certain method works better than another, we must depend on experience; indeed, we cannot know anything without experience, nor can we even be certain of the validity of what we deduce from our experiences, let alone what others have deduced from theirs. Therefore I have deduced from this that nothing is certain; but what guards me from a lifetime of pessimism is the other side of the coin. Experience is not limited to what can be experienced in ordinary states of consciousness at least as defined by Reason. So I have concluded that everything is possible, even though nothing is certain. As Plato said, all knowledge is remembering, so forgotten knowledge can be dredged out of the sea of the collective unconscious through relating what is known to various experiences, even such irrational phenomena as dreams and visions. Non-rational methods have throughout the ages been successfully used in healing.

The problem many of us have is that if non-rational methods work, why don’t they always work? But this is also true with scientific methods. Here again, it may result from the point of view of the healer and also the patient. My problem was at least partially explained by a story of a man who was a firm believer in God, had always led a good life, and so he believed that God would save his life when a massive flood enveloped his home. He had to flee to the roof when his house became flooded and clung to the chimney as a rescue craft came to carry him to safety. He refused to accept the offer on the basis of his certainty that God would preserve him as a reward for his faith and good works. Soon the water was up to his neck when a second boat came by. Still he refused. At the point when it was up to his chin a helicopter came his way offering to carry him to safety. Still he refused and so he drowned. Upon his arrival at the Pearly Gates, he was shown to the Divine Presence and immediately began complaining to God that he certainly did not deserve to be abandoned after a lifetime of faith and service. God was sympathetic and said that He also was surprised to see the man there since He had sent him two boats and a helicopter. This at least partially solved my problem. We cannot depend on one solution only. Healing methods are not opposite but supplementary. Despite the rivalry among various types of medicine; spiritual and material, holistic and allopathic, this opposition is, like all opposites, illusory. Indeed, healing can occur only when the opposition between matter and spirit is transcended. This sounds terribly New Age, but I hope to show you that this has been the accepted method in practicing medicine throughout the world at all times until the gradual growth and domination of allopathic medicine in the West. We shall look at a few of these earlier methods, which have survived, and some recently revived, into the present.

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Wise Sayings from Many Sources

Posted September 14, 2010 by jackmeier
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Every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

It matters little what you believe so long as you don’t altogether believe it.

Religion is a department of politics.

The purpose of morals is to permit people to inflict suffering with impunity.

Violence is the last resort of the incompetent. (Isaac Asimov)

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. (Voltaire)

The trouble with politicians is that the 90% who are corrupt give the rest a bad name.

Do not fear suffering; only fear that you will not learn from it.

The IQ of a mob is equivalent to the IQ of the most intelligent person in the mob divided by the number of people in the mob.

The exploited create the exploiter just as the worshippers create the object of worship. (Krishnamurti)

Inscription on a gravestone in Cumbria:  The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shape of things, their color, lights and shades; these I saw. Look ye also while life lasts.

The path of the soul after death is the same as the path of the soul in dreams. (Lakota saying)

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The Devil You Say

Posted January 26, 2010 by jackmeier
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Satan-BlakeThe devil is the title given to a supernatural being who in mainstream Christianity, Islam, and some other religions is believed to be a powerful, evil entity and the tempter of mankind. He is commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. He has many names, but in many other religions he is more akin to a trickster and even, as in the Old Testament, a servant of God who, as in The Book of Job, found it necessaryto ask the permission of God to obtain the right to test Job. Modern Christians and Jews who concern themselves with the devil consider him to be an angel who along with 1/3 of the angelic hosts (now demons) rebelled against God and are condemned to the Lake of Fire. He hates all Creation, opposes God, spreads lies, and wreaks havoc on the souls of mankind. The word ‘devil’ is not d + evil. It comes from the Greek diabolos meaning slanderer because it derives from words meaning ‘pulled apart’ or ‘separated into opposites’, thus preventing unity or oneness. This supports the idea that, like Seth and Horus, Christ and Satan were brothers, representing the opposites of good and evil, which perhaps explains why Christ turned his back on Satan, for if they ever joined together, there would be no need any longer for either of them and Christ’s sacrifice would be unnecessary. As I stated earlier, the Old Testament describes Satan, meaning the Adversary, as a servant of God whose job it is to test mankind. Sometimes he is the obstacle itself, sometimes the ‘prosecutor’, with God as the Judge, as in Job. Here Satan has no power to make evil unless man does evil. Satan had to ask God’s permission to test the faith of Job. Throughout the Old Testament it is God who exercises sovereignty over both good and evil.

“I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah). Read the rest of this post »

REALITY — Is it worth looking for?

Posted September 5, 2009 by jackmeier
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There is another world, and this is it. (Paul Elhuard, surrealist poet)

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Why does this look like a real peacock when the picture in The Union from which it was copied was faded and lacked almost all color? How could the scanner + the computer restore reality? How can I use the word “restore” when there was much less reality to the original picture than after the “restoration”? How can I use the word “reality” when I did not even see the peacock shown on the picture? Where does the reality lie? Is or was there any reality to begin with?   Faded picture almost without color. If this is a restoration, actually what has been restored? Etc. etc.

In her excellent book Jung and Tarot, Sallie Nichols points out a question raised in Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle which raises the questions alluded to in our title.

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle has destroyed many fixed boundaries with which man formerly marked out various aspects of reality, and the uncertainty is reflected in the language of science in an astonishing way. Since it is now accepted that subatomic particles cannot be accurately defined in time and space, physicists today speak of them as having a “tendency to exist.” Following this through to its logical conclusion has brought with it the horrifying realization that we, too, have only a “tendency to exist.” The minute particles which constitute our bodies are in constant interaction with those which comprise the people and objects of our environment. Just as we interact constantly with our environment through breathing, perspiration,  and elimination, so also are our  seemingly solid bodies in constant interaction with everything around us. Our existence as individual entities has become, at best, merely a statistical probablity. Read the rest of this post »

On Reading P. L. Travers

Posted September 8, 2008 by jackmeier
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P. L. Travers was an Australian author who wrote the popular Mary Poppins. In her role as senior editor of Parabola magazine she wrote occasional essays on myth and the wisdom tradition. She died in 1996.

As P.L.Travers believed, truth can be conveyed by myth. Before the invention of writing, sacred matter, that is, Truth, was conveyed by means of poetry sung or chanted by bards or priests. It was sometimes preserved for future use by pictures (hieroglyphs) or signs by being carved in stone or clay tablets. This material can be designated as myth, since priestly chanting was regarded as derived from spiritual sources, and bardic chanting was regarded as derived from bardic ancestors who had supposedly witnessed or heard of these events from witnesses. Read the rest of this post »

Maude’s Soul

Posted July 28, 2008 by jackmeier
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Thomas Moore in The Care of the Soul makes the following statement on page 268:

“(The) world soul affects each individual thing, whether natural or human made. You have a soul, the tree in front of your house has a soul, but so too does the car parked under that tree.”

Almost all people who would call themselves religious would agree that each person has a soul. Some would agree that animals also do, and perhaps they might agree that under certain conditions they would have to admit that even those objects which can not be distinguished from their surroundings except for their form, such as mountains, might arouse certain almost instinctual feelings of soul when viewed under certain conditions. However, we are now faced with the invasion of electronic equipment, primarily computers. I have been faced with the problem directly when occasionally my computer, which (whom) I have accepted warily, attacks me with the statement that I may not deal with the current material because it is currently being modified by Jack Meier. Doesn’t this damn thing even recognize me? How can it, if it does not have a soul? It must have one or it could not be refusing to cooperate with me. Phenomena such as this must really be putting skeptics on hold! But such electronic devices as robots seem to be challenging skeptics more than computers do. They have charmed adults as well as children (who have not yet learned to suppress soul) largely because of their infinite potential to communicate as well as serve human wishes. As we have seen, for example in film, they can arouse fear, the opposite of desire, and the soul must always deal with opposites.

But what about mechanical devices which have primarily a single function like an automobile? They are very much a part of American culture, and were highly desirable as a symbol of freedom to my generation, enabling us when young to escape the confines of parental domination and build up our egos and expand our horizons. But could such an object really have a soul? It seems here that the term projection must enter in. If it had a soul of its own, could an automobile belonging to the father of the family, when driven by the son, have but one soul? A soul implies ability to respond. This can be projected.

For instance, I had when I left graduate school a Kaiser sedan of which I was fond, and projected a name onto it, calling her Maude. A friend and I put all our belongings into it and moved from Iowa City to the Bay Area. Although it was a large car, it was so heavily loaded it kept hitting bottom. I discovered later that this was not good for the clutch. But it got us there without mishap, driving night and day, since we could not afford a motel. One slept, the other drove. Maude got no sleep. I was very proud of her – she obviously had a soul. Months later she had a blowout. It was when she was going 15 miles per hour, pulling into my driveway. The clutch shortly after finally gave out, leaving her powerless; but while still coasting, I saw an auto mechanic’s shop right ahead and had just enough inertia to get into the station. I simply left the car with the mechanic and when he tried to drive it into his repair space, it started but he could not get it to move. He asked how in the world I got to the station, and I simply replied, “I don’t have the slightest idea.” Both instances to me demonstrated soul. It seemed that the car was doing its best to show loyalty to someone who cared for it. But of course, such thinking is crazy! If these were the only examples in my life, I might think that the skeptics are right. But such thinking makes me feel better as long as I don’t tell anyone. So I have a formula for leading a crazy life. Simply live your life “as if” things have soul, but don’t try to convince the world of it. Perhaps things don’t, but we can be awfully good at projecting. Thomas Moore can try to convince others, but it takes a whole lifetime and several books and a firm belief that the whole thing is worth it. And I don’t have that much energy.