their daily lives, sought for ways to live their lives in a more meaningful way. Religions,especially, have served the purpose of helping people to raise their eyes higher, to see a purpose in the world and in their lives, to accept suffering as a part of life and to findcourage and meaning in even the simplest things here on earth. But over the centuries,our churches have become…in too many cases…empty of meaning as well..Robert A. Johnson, in his book Living Your Unlived Life, asserts this:.
When a religious institution no longer contains satisfactory answers, then we are forced to go on “the quest” utilizing symbols that arise from our own unconscious..
This is the “turn within” that mystics and scholars have written about for aeons. When therules and beliefs one has followed all ones life cease to have meaning or to work for you,you realize that looking without for answers isn’t going to solve your problem. There isonly one thing to do, and that is to begin watching ones dreams and daydreams for insightinto what needs to change. This “quest” is not a search without for information or wisdom…that never works; it is a search within ones self for answers to the problem of how to live and how to resolve this issue of meaningfulness in life!.Johnson continues,
The quest involves listening to your interior intelligence, taking it seriously, staying true to it, and approaching it with a religious attitude. In Jungian psychology, this quest is known as “individuation”--discovering the uniqueness of ourselves, finding your purpose and meaning. It relates to wholeness, not someindiscriminate wholeness, but rather your particular relationship to everything else.
.Before the Age of Christ, there was a long period when poets and mystics taught their students to live a life with symbolic meaning: serve in one’s life something greater thanones self, respect the gods and see your life as personifying some great principle of Lifeitself. This was called “living the symbolic life.” In the old days, myth spelled out thethemes of human life in the lives of “the gods”. In the ancient art of theatre and poetry of Homer, in the myths of the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Kore, Aphrodite, Mars, Kronos,Gaia and others, the reasons for the “way things are” were given, and the meaning of tragedy, chaos, loss and gain were deeply explored. Man’s place in the Universe wasexplained. The laws under which life was expressed and expanded were sounded. Andeveryman and woman could see in his or her own life the ways in which these themesresounded on a personal or individual level. Each man could see that he lived his ownmyth, his own “great story”. Each woman could find in her own personal experience thethemes embodied by her gods or goddess. He or she could see that, in the ordinary detailsof life, the great themes of Life resounded and took form. They could see their lives on