I equate good mental health with becoming conscious. By that I mean, consciousness is not a place, it is a process, a way of living. To that end, I just spent the last couple of days trying to become more conscious. My guide was C.G. Jung (left).
Last evening at Trinity College, University of Toronto, I attended a lecture sponsored by the C.G. Jung Foundation of Ontario. The featured speaker was James Hollis, (left) a Jungian scholar of the highest renown and the topic was the Psychology of Comedy. I've seen Dr. Hollis speak a few times before and the lecture was as riveting as I thought it would be. I got to tell the only joke I know and it was received skeptically (as in, some got it, some did not).
The highlight of the weekend however was today. Dr. Hollis hosted a day long workshop called "Revisiting the Shadow" and I was there with bells on. I can't recall the source of all of the following quotes but regardless, here are a few highlights:
The shadow according to Jung is "that which I (as in ego) do not wish to be".
"I am human. I believe nothing human is alien to me".
"Every complex has it's own agenda and is usually in charge of the show."
"Our task is not goodness, it is wholeness". C.G. Jung
Shadow: That which renders the ego uncomfortable.
"There is a 2 million year old person inside each of us". C.G. Jung
"I am not what happens to me".
"All problems stem from the fact that we are separated from our instincts".
"Accept the fact that you are accepted, even though you're unacceptable." Paul Tillich
and finally, "A shadowless person is a superficial person". C.G. Jung
Now children, as Wayne from Wayne's World says, "discuss".
Oh, one more thing. Dr. Hollis got a ride back to his hotel by the prettiest woman in the room. Those Jungians! I'll tell you!