The summer of my Oh so content California Carl Jung

Carl Jung living the examined life
The summer of my Oh so content living sober in my beloved Orange County California

The word psychology literally means “study of the soul”. Psychology is a continuous and direct engagement with the anatomy of emotion itself and has helped countless people deepen not only their understanding of themselves, but of their place in the larger picture of things.

    What does it mean to get 'Addiction Treatment?'
First of all it means getting 'dried out' - physically stabilized, letting the body and brain return to a higher functioning state of being. 
     While physically detox can run it's course in a matter of days, weeks, or months, depending on the substance being used. The brain chemistry takes much longer to repair.  

      Parents who are casual drinkers may think, "oh a little cocaine, it's really nothing. Well the cocaine, the casual drinking, pot, pills, ect... it is something. Mind altering substances, alter brain chemistry, that is what produces the intoxication. 

Study the truth of what happens in the brain with the use of intoxicants.

Right Now is the best time of my life. Decades clean & sober. Awake.
Living a life of affirmations, and positive experience. I still live with the wreckage of the past. That 16 years of drug use, followed by the 15+ years of trying to cope after the damage was done to my life and the lives of those my addiction affected; has lasting effects.

This is the summer of my "Oh so Content" living in my beloved
Orange, County, Southern California
This is my constant companion
for the Past 16 years

The peace of mind that long term recovery has given me has been so good.  It may have been what I always wanted when I was globetrotting to run away and stay high.  Now, finally I have real freedom. It's ok for me to just be.  

     I have been hearing about it, I knew it was coming, and now that it is here, I am letting it happen. I'm in love. In love with my Sat Chit. 

     It is spring and I am in love. 
     Today I thought about the birthplace of shame.
I grew up under the umbrella of love, care, & intention for good from my lovely red headed Mum.
     She could sing, cook, plant, sew, & spell. So impressive! She loved my Dad, me, and my sister.      Enjoyed living in the country where one could let their kids & the dogs run free. Laughs, songs, & Daddy's whistling mixed with the bark of a dog, maybe a mow, slam of a screen door, & an occasional report of a gun in our Appalachian Road paradise.  
        I loved May poles'. I had only seen them on birthday cakes, but had exquisite visions of girls and boys in bloomers and bows wrapping thick muti-colored satin ribbions around the may pole. A the rainbow of ribbions attached at the top of a 7ft pool with fancy dressed Victorian style children danced a 'ring around the rosie type thing' around and round.
       Between love and laugh's occasionally there was a heard a discouraging word.  
        I remember a tease. It is a vague picture of a memory, but I remember it as a birthplace of shame. It seems to have happened here and there, and I stayed alert during these times in effort to catch the nuances of the lesson being offered. 
        Some one would enter the home with presents or a cake, sometimes even with a may pole visible. I would become flattered and say ohhh, for me? And be told "why would you think it's for you?" Do not assume, until an offer is presented. Do not think you are the center of the universe and all gifts and fancies are for you. 
         Original shame took root for a 1st time. I felt embaraced and clumsy, where I had be a light airy fairly princess just one moment ago. 
         In my early recovery, I would touch on such memories stirring self pity of child abuse and the ignorance of my parents, society of the 50's, and some immoral hole in the fabric of the curl society I was born into. All of which stirred some kind of hope in my strenght to rise above all that had wounded me so badly in unraveled life. Looking to be able to love myself & forgive myself even just a little by casting the stark light of guilty mistakes onto others who may have broken me from the beginning, there by (I never had a chance) and I was some what resolved. 
       A lass, teasing even teasing lightly like that to a child to give them a lesson in humility, and how to become demure and unassuming may be a line of communication that could be improved. An important lesson in spiritual grow to get the gist of this (lightening up) way to share with each other. Knowing deep inside, it is most important to be kind & happiness is the ultimate goal. 
       Not child abuse either. Not ill willed. Ignorance only in the sense of one state of evolution being naturally less informed than that of the next stage as the increase in knowledge is what progressive states are all about.     
      We have a beloved guest staying with us for recovery. I like her and I'm excited to have her here so I try to endear myself to her by being cute and friendly. Tonight I began to use an old way of communication as an impulse way of bonding. I took a moment of teasing. We spoke of the dinner we would each take part in preparing, saying to save room. "I'm making chix (some protein vege) in the broiler with coconut oil spectrum. And a yellow pepper, onion, garlic, pineapple sauce poured over for moisture. Terrilynn will sauteed brussel sprouts and sweet pea pods. The edamame soy beans are already in the steamer. (we have become vegans in the effort to hold liver damage in check) Our guest (a live in recovery client) said "I'll make some barley so we can try a different grain." In a flippant response, I said, "How do you know you are invited for dinner?"
       Ahh the perfect opportunity for a quick 6th step 'pullup' for me. Caricature defect. 
The 6th step of the 12 steps. 
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 

      Teasing is a defect of character, for me. 
It seldom comes up as I know it no longer serves me.  
       These are the poignant moments of learning and growing. Taking the opportunity to live an examined life. Taking a second to illuminate the progress. 
         Notice we are doing well and that it is happening. Spiritual growth, peace of mind. 

One enduring statement that C.G. Jung made late in life about not having to be a .... unconscious, to quote Socrates; 'the unexamined life is not worth living'.

Carl Jung and the Kundalini

He saw his scientific role as a phenomenologist always open to the ambivalent and many aspected ambiguous intrusions of the unconscious into the ego field of conscious existence. He saw the ego loosely attached to a vast impersonal realm of the Self, which, in his later works he presented as the only objective and fundamental reality human beings could connect with. From this perspective the multi-layered, and to the conscious being, bewildering, complexity of the soul's functions was as fleeting as the Buddhist Maya. The west sees this Maya as the reality, and focusing our civilisation on the mastery of externals has produced its own catastrophic psychic dysfunctioning as the values of internal reality have been neglected. One enduring statement that C.G. Jung made late in life about not having to be a Jungian reveals much of his attitude towards the psyche.

Jung saw the Indian speak not of Personal/Impersonal, Subjective/Objective; but of a personal consciousness and Kundalini. The two were never identified: the Gods were utterly different from humans. It was necessary to live through, and establish, a presence of stable consciousness within the world before it was possible for the detachment to gradually emerge which would permit that other, objective reality to connect with the conscious. Jung's journeys to Africa and India enabled him to confirm his experiences of the unconscious as he saw the visible proof of its functioning in the pre European modes of his own era. His description of how, in the myths of the Pueblo, where the emergence of conscious from a dark and very dim beginning proceeds through a series of caves one above the other to a full awakening on the surface of the earth in the light of the sun and moon, parallels the system of chakras outlined in Kundalini Yoga, as the development of the impersonal life.

Jung was aware of the existent texts on this subject, from Arthur Avalon's translations from Sanskrit to the Chinese 'Secret of the Golden Flower' a Taoist manual translated by Richard Wilhelm, a key figure in Jungian life whose deep knowledge of Chinese esotericism enabled him to formulate a number of basic concepts of psychology, among them the theory of synchronicity -(a concatenation of events linked by a single meaning). Jung's interpretation of the process of Kundalini did not, however, stem from theories. It was the consistent attention he paid to the indications of its movement within the psychic life of his patients that gave the conforming clues to the emergence of the impersonal life of the collective unconscious. He was keenly aware of the dangers of the ego becoming inflated by the stirrings of unconscious contents to the extent of total psychic imbalance. Temporary identifications could make the ego lunatic for a time; prolonged identification could produced schizophrenia. The structure of Indian systems on the other hand drew clear distinctions between the transitory and permanent self which could only be realised in a state of detachment. The gods, in European or modern man so efficiently focussed on outer existence, Jung described as being reduced to mere functions 'neuroses of the stomach, or the colour or the bladder, simply disturbances of the underworld.' The Gods being asleep stir in the bowels of the earth, as the idea of God in conscious life is remote, abstract and to one level of modern theology, effectively dead.

In the ideas of pre-European civilisations is reflected their identification with the various levels of the chakras. However, it was in the careful unravelling of the psychic life of his patients in their journey towards the impersonal self which he described as the process of individuation, that the Kundalini manifested. This gave his statements of the chakras a verification based on real experience. He concluded that the main level of activity of most people was in the lower three centres beginning with the Muladhara (literally, root support), where existence was established, through Swadistana (the manifest creativity in the personality) and to Manipur and Void, centre of emotionality, the Red Sea of the Old Testament whose crossing to the Heart (Anahata) required the discipline of the Guru both individually and collectively. At the heart the first intimations of the Self reach consciousness. The Purusha, whose tiny flame of eternal being establishes the domain of objective reality. If, as Jung suggests, enough people could connect with this level the mass psychoses of out modern era would vanish altogether.

Jung saw each chakra as a whole world in itself. At the level of Muladhara for instance is the earth, our conscious world, but also where instinct and desire is largely unconscious -a state of participation mystique. Reason can do little: storms of emotion or externally, war or revolutions can sweep all away. The bizarre elaboration of weapons in the modern world is nothing more than an attempt to contain or destroy the threat of impulses from the lower centres. Worse, much of it is an expression of them.

Jung found the stages of individuation of his patients elaborated through dream and symbol corresponding with those of old mystery cults. In baptism he saw a reflection of the dangerous journey of analysis itself - baptism being a symbolic drowning to inaugurate a new life.

Jung realised that arousing the activity of Swadistana, the Kundalini itself had to be aroused, but he also realised that such happenings were spontaneous, and not produced through the dangerous practices of Tantrism where the exalted idea of shakti, the pure Kundalini, is degraded into the literalism of a sexual cult. Jung never practised any form of organised meditation but saw the attention itself gathered into deeper levels of being by the motion of the unconscious self through Kundalini awakening. Further, the motion of anima leading into the depths of the unconscious, he recognised as an imaginal figure projected by Kundalini and identified with it.

In the various symbols surrounding the chakras Jung identified with his own system. The Muladhara with its image of the elephant (Hindu Ganesha) has a fourfold structure of psychic functions (the chakra has four petals) and corresponds with the world of consciousness. The heart with its symbolism of the dear projects images of lightness of being, swiftness and elevation. Beyond; Vissuddi, Agnya and Sahasrahra - he said little except that as fully developed centres they were so above ordinary consciousness that not even thought could offer any illumination. Essentially he came to the view that, from the standpoint of the gods, the great archetypal figures, the world is less than child's play, a seed, a mere potentiality for the future. People, and they consist of the vast majority, who pass through life unawakened and unaware, victims of outer circumstances and inner compulsions, have not lived at all and pass back into the universal unconscious, to quote Socrates; 'the unexamined life is not worth living'. To Jung the awakening of Kundalini out of mere potentiality is to 'start a world which is totally different from our world: it is infinity'.

Author: John Henshaw