“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic texts from the literature of the whole world –all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their souls.”
.. But this attitude, pervasive throughout the world, has resulted in “neuroses and similar illnesses,” the loss of meaning in life, “mental epidemics” and the “restriction of consciousness” which leads to emptiness in life.
Jung warns us that our denigration of the soul has left us “alone and you are confronted with all the demons of hell,” showing up as “anxiety neurosis, nocturnal fears, compulsions,” and all of this due to the fact that our souls have “become lonely;”
“Without soul, spirit is as dead as matter, because both are artificial abstractions; whereas man originally regarded spirit as a volatile body, and matter as not lacking in soul.”
— C G Jung
Our content must come from somewhere, experiences are not only formulated by our surroundings, they have once emerged from the formless events that appear in ourselves. By not acknowledging this origin and the content that our bodies are carriers of, and the inner organization it conveys, we cannot formulate the living influence it has on us. We can only look at and confirm what we see in a materialistic sense. But we do not feel more involved in our lives or the nature we are a part of and embody as psychic beings in that way. Some of us may even call it psychology to deny ourselves the individually experienced content that formulates what we are. They cannot see what they are when it is formulated spontaneously, and must be interpreted and understood, by and in themselves regardless of the prevailing perception as of how we should look at ourselves through our surroundings. Or in our time only by the material composition of our body. We can say and do things, but not with substance. With a relation to it, because it questions how we want others to think about ourselves too much. We must then constantly repeat our denial of the validity of others’ relation to their own content as formulated by them, and compulsorily make others an image of ourselves. Something we repeat in how we ourselves have been traumatized, and then traumatize our own children. They do not suffer from a mental illness just because they oppose it. They’re just not you. That’s what they and we oppose. But we will destroy both each other and the world before we accept this, what we have been exposed to and never dared to question within ourselves.
If we expose ourselves to what others are going through by letting ourselves face our own experiences of it together with them, but without taking care of what it is in them, then we are often considered insensitive. We live in a kind of spiritual exchange culture where no one should have their own relationship to our psyche without someone else’s involvement. But if we do not expose ourselves to what we are experiencing there, we are not involved in how our life affects us. And if we replace our own experiences with others, we deny others of having their own. But if we acknowledge its common origin, then we have in common that we formulate the content of that of us that we perceive individually but which is psychically common and shared with all. We do not share any experiences in itself, but we share the impression of a background power in our psychic organization that makes us have them. I think that’s what Jung is talking about when he refers to the soul. To our Nature.