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Becoming Whole

Becoming Whole

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Published by Edward L Hester
Being a whole person, in the sense of being psychologically well and "whole", means we must accept not only those aspects of ourselves we like, but those we fear and despise as well.
Being a whole person, in the sense of being psychologically well and "whole", means we must accept not only those aspects of ourselves we like, but those we fear and despise as well.

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Published by: Edward L Hester on Jun 11, 2010
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The Mercurial Nature of Wholeness.There is a lot of emphasis these days, due to Carl Jung’s early work, on becoming Whole.But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what “wholeness” is. Wholeness is not beinggood, being better, becoming perfect, being "saved" by Jesus, becoming powerful, becoming wiser, being "of the light", or even becoming more spiritual. In fact, taking the journey to Wholeness is actually the process by which one becomes psychically well..Wholeness requires recognition of our instinctual, animal-nature as well as our higher will to be something more than earthbound beings..Wholeness, in fact, encompasses both man’s darkest Dark and his lightest Light. BeingWhole requires that we each investigate all that we are, and what mankind is isEverything That Is..Many choose a spiritual approach to becoming Whole, but find that in spiritualizing their needs to be “of the Light” they increase psychological suffering in their lives. The problem is that spiritualization often drives us away from our natural needs, our instinctual nature, and our bodies. And that Path leads to illness…not Wholeness and not psychological wellness. When we are focusing upon spirituality or soul, we tend to beinfluenced by cultural values or religious teachings that are concerned about ethicaldecisions. We turn towards behaviors we have been taught are "good." And in so doingwe increase the pressure to become another kind of being than we, in fact, are! And thatturn becomes an invitation to psychological or spiritual illness, and if we don’t discover the way inward to listen to our state of mind within, our path directs us into physicalillness as well. But it is precisely these earthy, instinctual and taboo needs that we rejectand repress, refuse to accept as aspects of our true selves..Our inability to embrace what is basic and base in ourselves leads to a false sort of spirituality..If our nature is to instead turn away from societal programming--abandoning ethical belief systems or dogma-- spiritualization can provide an impetus to turn inward,investigating dreams and images that arise from one’s subconscious or CollectiveUnconscious realms. But that spirituality is different than our modern day ethics-basedreligious training. It is a spirituality that asks "what am I? And "Who am I?" And thenopens and listens within.
 
.And it is inside that we uncover our own mercurial nature…we discover that we dance in both darkness as well as in light. As our dreams contain the numinous energies of thearchetypes, we find ourselves playing all kinds of roles in life, guided by these archetypal patterns of light and dark. The images point the way to wellness be directing us into our instincts and our bodily needs and challenges us to discover our paradoxical nature ismercurian...Living close to one's instinctual nature is the key to psychic health. But instincts are notto be spiritualized. They are not to be classified as “good” or “evil”. But they do take usdown into our bodies and link us to Nature. They force us to obey the Law of Survival,and thus they are the basis of wellness in Matter. Survival is insured by taking care of our own needs. But instincts can be expressed destructively or constructively. Our instinctsmay drive us into violence, rape, murder, manipulation or abusive relationships, greed,and lust. They are basic and enormously powerful energies. So in working with these powerful needs, we must be prepared to think through and will ourselves into positivedirections..As we surrender the Heights and Fall to Earth, we discover we must surrender the battleto be Good. We must stop spiritualizing the Path. Our journey is the exploration of theSelf…not becoming Perfect or Good or Better. We confront and accept our beastialnature, our Serpentine side. We stop trying to make Soul at the conscious level..The gods (archetypal needs) are mercurial---not easily classified into human concepts of “good” and “evil.” As we become guided by these archetypal energies, we encounter theway in which our instinctual nature interacts with human cultures. We feel thecompulsions that accompany this experience and abide in their painful yearnings for awhile, as we learn that we are playing out Great Stories of Myth and legend. The gods play here through us..Since the earliest times, the symbols of Love were of a mixed nature in human culture.Zeus was the god of Thunder and Lightning, a Killer sometimes and a Lover sometimes.Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, was a seducer and a possessive wife needing love too.Love was a thing higher than the gods that ruled human behavior. Human love wasdifferent. To the gods, Good and Evil were of little concern, for the gods were mercurial,containing both. Good and Evil behavior did not restrain or contain them..When Mankind plays the parts of those energies, we too cannot be contained by
 
categories of behavior. Both good and evil emerge from our life stories..To find wellness in these times, mankind must learn to perceive life at a metaphoricallevel that accepts both Good and Evil as events in grander plan. In the meantime, wemust choose wellness, and that means accepting and becoming familiar with our mercurial nature. To accept ourselves here as creatures of this Earth, playing out thethemes of Love and Hate, manifesting the gods here. Those who fight their own nature toact out ideals of pure love, pure goodness will find that their behavior generates psychicdysfunction, suffering or illusion..But as we turn away from "normal" society to follow our own path inward, we disobeythe rules of society; we ignore society’s ethical rules; we act out our pain and our need toheal ourselves. To find a new way to live in psychic wellness, love what we are, and findmeaning in life, we journey into strange places. We become eccentric or strange. Weinvestigate unpopular wisdoms an occult teachings. We discover that what is natural inthe psyche has in our culture become rejected, outcast, occult, and mysterious. We become “seers, visionaries, prophets, and psychics...all behaviors that society defines as pathological. Our friends draw back and abandon us. Our families grow angry and pressure us to abandon our search, our behavior and our new independence of thought..As our archetypal stories unfold, we can catch the meaning of what is happening to us.We can step out of the archetypal roles, see the great stories we are living, and becomemore conscious of who we are and what we are doing here on Earth. Our insights thenrelease our lives from their archetypal, spiritual or conceptual containers. Dropping thespiritualization and dropping the intellectualization of our Path frees us to live inFreedom here. Life is “As It Is”. Nothing more be said here..When this is done, we can stop repressing our instinctual nature and live. We can enjoythe miraculous sensations of being alive and meeting powerful needs. We can let go of our need for power, stop living in our egos, and stop trying to control things. We can stoptrying to get “Lighter” or better, stop dividing up the Cosmos into Light and Dark, or stopassociating ourselves with the Light alone..We lose the battle to change ourselves and fall back into our natural selves..We discover that our Great Work has been to understand and accept our own dark mercurial nature.

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