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Content Warning: Small amounts of strong language; complex material
“Seize the Day and the Night”
This is one of a series of books, under the Phogenesis Project, an initiative of true Illuminism and communicator of the Truth. You might wonder why all everyone seems to do is shop, or why the ultimate Truth of existence doesn’t seem to have been discovered yet, or why there is a total lack of anything profound or fundamental where ordinary people are concerned. The Phogenesis Series explains the lack of any true life on earth, and why people are so inclined to perform every silly and pointless action possible before moving to anything with meaning. It also tells you how you can escape this dreary, boring, soul-sucking world and live a proper life, away from the pathetic Ignavi who adhere to no cause and simply follow what everyone else is doing.
There is no spoon – forget everything you thought you knew about the world and the people who inhabit it, for your prior knowledge will be put to the test.
What does it mean to live compared with to exist?
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
– Oscar Wilde
What’s the difference between truly living and simply existing? What separates the two? Accomplishment, attempting to reach goals, self-improvement – these are all qualities of someone who truly lives. Yet most people don’t live – they simply exist, attempting nothing at all, frittering away their time when they could be doing something useful to others or to themselves.
They could be so much more than a “working citizen”. To “exist” is to be a monumental waste of potential. To live is to attempt to reach that potential. But why would someone want to throw away the opportunity to truly live in favour of simply existing?
It’s easy. It’s far easier to exist than to live, because living requires use of intellect; it requires putting in effort and doing things when you don’t feel like it; it requires setting aside all of the insignificant trivialities of the vapid “life” and embarking on a journey into the Unknown Country; it requires self-sacrifice and willingness to discover new things and learn more things.
Oh, boring education! Can we go to the club instead?
I don’t want to get out of bed yet; I’m just too tired.
No, I don’t have time; I’m too busy looking for those shoes I saw last time I came in here and I really liked them.
People are in love with the easy yet trivial and superficial “life” of the ordinary human – can it really be called a life? It’s just doing the same things all day, every day – eating, shitting, working, fucking and indulging. And glorifying all that to make it sound more than it really is is stupid. They rarely chase their dreams; they don’t have any prospect of accomplishing something great. People like Stephen Hawking may not know much about truth, but at least they have tried to have an impact on their field.
Everyone’s Ambition is to Die
If you don’t want to accomplish anything great during your life, then your ambition is to die. You only have a finite amount of time here on earth. Why are you procrastinating everything infinitely? Why are you not making the most out of your time here?
Okay, so let’s say you’ve made it through your life. You had problems, but never went out of your way to challenge yourself. You are lying on your deathbed, knowing that these are your final minutes before you plunge into the pool of death. Your entire life has been leading up to this moment. You know that your time will come to an end very soon. You spent your entire life unaware of mortality, but now you cannot escape it. What do you think your greatest regret will be? What would you give to turn back the clock?
If you do not do what you want to do; accomplish something great, you will do nothing but regret it as you wait to die, knowing the opportunity has long passed. Among the most common regrets among dying people is that they wished they’d just been themselves rather than giving in to social conformity. Will you have the same regret?
You cannot expect to truly live unless you are prepared to lay aside the easy path and walk the rickety, gravestone-lined paths. You must try to succeed where others have failed. If you don’t succeed, try again, and try again, and try again, and try again, and try again. It’s the only way you’ll begin to be fulfilled. A fundamental desire for all people is to feel fulfilled. You feel brief fulfilment with all of life’s treats, but that is not enough. That’s why you become addicted to them.
True fulfilment can only come from a lifetime of hard work, and there are no shortcuts, no life hacks, no little tricks you can find to get around that. And this is part of the issue. You won’t face problems. You say, “oh yeah, I’ll fix it” and yet you don’t. You only sort a problem out if it threatens your livelihood, if you have no choice. This unwillingness to dive into life will haunt you later on.
Mortality is something everyone should be aware of from a young age. Your time in this world is but a flash, your lifespan is short. Even one hundred years is an incredibly short time. You’ve only got a few decades, yet you spend your time submitting to every craving, finding every little distraction you can.
You are going to die one day, and if you had the slightest shred of self-respect, you wouldn’t waste your time doing nothing of worth or note. Get going. The world is waiting for you. You won’t get anything done sitting and reading this book, except perhaps more incentive to do what you want to do.
If you’re already convinced, it’s pointless reading on. If you’re not, let me show you something. I call it “get the fuck up and do something”.
Your mortality is not going to hide from you. You aren’t doing yourself any favours by trying to hide from it. Be aware of the little time you have, and do something laudable, something worthy of note.
Find where your passion is and figure out what you have to contribute. It isn’t always easy, but that’s the beauty of it! That’s why you feel fulfilled at the end of it! That’s why it’s life! Why should it be easy? To satisfy your silly little desires? Sorry, but that isn’t how the universe operates.
Seize the day! Accomplish something somewhere.
Your feelings are tricky. Here’s something you will want to know: you’re never going to feel like doing what you want to do if it requires hard work or intellectual strain of any kind. Ever. You have to be prepared to leave behind your feelings, because you will fail if you always listen to them.
What you usually do every day as part of your routine isn’t particularly hard. So you spend almost all of your life on autopilot. You’re little more than a zombie. To rekindle life in you will require force. And it’s not anybody else who’s going to force you; no, it’s not that easy. You have to force yourself. If you don’t, you will continue being nothing in life.
You have much more than the formless vacuum you see inside yourself. Your problem is that you ignore it. You ignore your phenomenal potential and do things worthy of no note because it’s easy. What a waste of potential.
Who would you say has had the most influence on the world, either in history or in today’s world? I guarantee you that your potential outstrips their achievements by at least twenty times. Think about that for a moment. You have at least twenty times the potential of the world’s greatest geniuses and yet you waste it all with the same boring routine and watching TV and movies!
You could be so much more than you are told of. But it’s your job to actualise that potential, and if you aren’t prepared to force yourself, forget it. Just forget about everything you ever knew about success and stay as the flimsy person you are. Forcing yourself teaches you discipline of mind. It allows you to be much more adept at doing what you really want to than others.
Do you want to become strong or do you want to stay weak? You need to choose, and don’t delay your decision until “later”. Decide now. That is part of the problem – you procrastinate. I want you to decide right now whether or not you want to start to force yourself and achieve what you really want to achieve.
This is a handbook of sorts for people who want to become greater than they currently are, to leave their mark on the world, to fulfil themselves. It is pointless to read on if you don’t want to achieve such a feat.
To understand the challenge facing you, you must first understand the concept of autopilot. It is a state of mind where you do everything without really thinking about it, because you’ve done it all before. You are functioning at a lower state of mental processing. Have you ever had the experience where you make your way to work and you don’t remember doing it?
That is your mind on autopilot. You are at a near unconscious level, so you aren’t really even forming memories as properly as you usually do. You are doing almost everything unconsciously. To escape from autopilot, you have to do something new, something stimulating.
Autopilot is a low level of thinking, just above unconscious thought and below proper conscious thought. You aren’t even thinking about what you’re doing. This is an awful state in which to live. Not only is it a waste of potential, but it ruins you inside. It eats away at you, causing a dissatisfied feeling. You are dissatisfied because you aren’t doing anything stimulating.
Awareness is a key concept as well. How alive do you feel? You will feel much more alive if you actually do something. Just do SOMETHING.
Doing new things and never having a “normal” day is the key to being more fulfilled. When you have normal days, you have a routine, and if you have a routine, you probably will get bored of it sooner or later. Understandably, some people prefer predictability. That is why those people should plan ahead of time what they are going to do – perhaps even a week ahead of time.
To truly live is not to “party” or to receive any number of petty pleasures. It is not to just wait until the weekend every week to enjoy yourself. It is to fulfil yourself. You cannot hope to be satisfied that you haven’t wasted your time if you’re not making an effort to fulfil yourself. Most people waste almost their entire lives doing nothing challenging or notable. It’s time to escape autopilot and become truly alive. It’s time to truly think. It’s time to stop procrastinating and being lazy. It’s time to literally go on the journey of your life.
This book is free. Its purpose is not to earn profit but to teach you to abandon your lower mind state and become self-fulfilling. It’s in your own best interest to do so. But remember, no one’s going to force you or do it for you. All of that will be up to you. I can show you where the cavern is, but you have to enter it and search for the treasure of a lifetime. There are many false paths, many difficulties along the way, but that is part of the journey; that is part of life.
Criticisms of Self-fulfilment
There have been criticisms of self-fulfilment as a concept.
“However, in modern philosophy, the ideal of self-fulfilment has become less popular, criticized by thinkers such as Hobbes and Freud, who feel there are conceptual and moral problems associated with it. It has been called an egoistic concept, impossible to achieve, with some suggesting that it is an obsolete concept that should be abandoned. Moral philosophers focus less on obtaining a good life, and more on interpersonal relations and duties owed to others.”
Egoistic? Doing something that is in your interests doesn’t make you egoistic. Besides, you can attain self-fulfilment while also helping others. It’s not that hard.
Impossible to achieve? Self-fulfilment is what every human desires at the deepest level. If we don’t get self-fulfilment, we never feel satisfied with our life. Of course you can achieve your deepest desire and your most superficial one, or else why would such a desire be so fundamental to humans?
“Moral philosophers focus less on obtaining a good life, and more on interpersonal relations and duties owed to others.” You think? Fulfilling yourself doesn’t translate into being selfish. It isn’t a selfish thing to want to be satisfied with your life! Self-fulfilment doesn’t mean you focus exclusively on your desires. Besides, most people on earth are already selfish anyway!
“Interpersonal relations” can be used to gain rewards from others; they can be used to manipulate others. Many things can be painted as selfish given the right perspective. This is the problem with the criticisms of self-fulfilment – they turn to morality, which is mostly subjective and depends on your point of view and your past experiences and current knowledge. We might say that morality is selfish!
This is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:
Physiological needs are the most basic needs of any creature. If the body cannot be maintained, it will die.
The need for safety is the need for stable mental wellbeing. If one does not feel safe, he will never rest, and will not be psychologically healthy.
Love and belonging is the need for acceptance and the feeling of belonging among one’s social groups.
Esteem – we all want to be respected and we need to respect ourselves. Recognition and acceptance is one of our needs.
Before you can successfully begin to actualise yourself, you need to understand these needs, and master them. You need emotional stability. You need to belong. You need to be healthy so that you are not constantly worrying about your physical condition. Without these things, don’t try to actualise yourself, because you will fail.
You also need control over your emotions. You need to recognise the necessity of forcing yourself to do things you don’t want to do in order to get what you truly want: self-actualisation. There is another thing that you can do, and it links to the third and fourth needs of Maslow’s hierarchy: you can help others achieve their self-actualisation. This helps you develop a connection to the person you’re helping. Now tell me that self-fulfilment is selfish! It has, in fact, been linked to altruism.
If you feel more fulfilled yourself then you will be less inclined to be selfish, because what would you be selfish for? If you are not fulfilled, you are more inclined to be selfish because you know that there is something to do with yourself that needs to be actualised. You are focused on yourself and are ignorant to others.
So, contrary to the criticisms of self-fulfilment, the lack of such fulfilment actually causes selfishness and is morally questionable. People who have attained self-actualisation are also better at controlling their emotions and therefore better at maintaining social and familial connections.
If we look back at Maslow’s Hierarchy, there is an interesting passage on its Wikipedia article:
“The position and value of sex on the pyramid has also been a source of criticism regarding Maslow’s hierarchy. Maslow’s hierarchy places sex in the physiological needs category along with food and breathing; it lists sex solely from an individualistic perspective. For example, sex is placed with other physiological needs which must be satisfied before a person considers “higher” levels of motivation. Some critics feel this placement of sex neglects the emotional, familial, and evolutionary implications of sex within the community, although others point out that this is true of all of the basic needs.”
So along with even our most basic needs is a social aspect. The first need – physiological – is possessed by all creatures, and we see lower levels of the next three needs in some animals, but the role physiology plays in our society is unique. For example, you won’t see animals making fun of other animals because of how fat they are. You won’t see elephants or bears going on weight loss programs. Our social aspect of our physiological needs is unique to us because we are conscious creatures. But is it the only aspect of needs which is unique when found in humans? Well, it is not only unique, but more advanced. We humans have more advanced versions of all of the needs. We are more complicated organisms with equally more complicated psychologies. Animals have more basic versions of the needs because they are more “basic” creatures.
Interestingly, most people simply stop with “esteem” on the hierarchy. They don’t progress on to “actualisation”. They are depriving themselves of one of their needs as human beings. They subsequently feel dissatisfied with their life, not knowing what it is they’re missing. They are not actualising themselves; that’s what it is. They have much potential and they are not actualising it. They are depriving themselves of one of their fundamental needs.
Can the needs be applied to an entire species? Does an entire species need physiological wellbeing? Yes – otherwise it will fall apart. Does a species need to feel safe? Well, what would happen if everyone on earth didn’t feel safe and were panicking? We need safety as humans, but what about animals? It is doubtful that an animal species could function properly if all of its members didn’t feel safe at some point. Does a species need love and belonging? As humans, we have a strong sense of home here on earth, and animals have natural habitats. Does a species need esteem? As we get higher up the hierarchy, the needs as they relate to an entire species are becoming less and less relevant. We cannot put esteem in the context of humans because we have no other species which can hold us in esteem, but this can apply to countries. What about esteem in the context of animals? Esteem in animals can be found in small groups but not really as an entire species, but this has more to do with the fact that animals are not conscious.
And we arrive at the final need: actualisation. Actualisation as a species is evolution – not only biological evolution but mental evolution – the evolution of the collective mind of the species. Suddenly the hierarchy becomes relevant again, although this is because other species exist. If a species does not evolve, it will perish – not simply because it didn’t evolve but because the others did evolve. If we consider a species on its own – the only animal species on a planet, it could survive fine without evolving. That’s not to say it wouldn’t evolve – it would, but it wouldn’t need to. That is, until we consider that even if there are no other animals to challenge this species, it would still be in danger from environmental dangers, and it would also be in danger from mental dangers and members of its own species. So, evolution is in fact necessary.
The hierarchy of needs becomes less relevant to an entire species as we climb higher and higher up. This is perhaps because the more basic needs are more important, and are therefore amplified, whereas the higher needs are amplified less because they are needed less.
The hierarchy can be somewhat roughly applied to species. There must be a problem in it somewhere. As above, so below – what can apply to a species should also apply to an individual.
I propose a clarification with Maslow’s hierarchy. There are two types of actualisation: mental and physical. Physical actualisation is very important and ties in with physiological needs. Individuals’ physical development is important as well as the evolution of a species. Self-actualisation should instead be called mental self-actualisation.
Even though some needs are less important than others, it should always be understood that ALL of them are necessary for a healthy person or species. Most people are not healthy because they participate in mental actualisation up to a point, but they don’t take it further; they barely scratch the surface of mental actualisation.
Mental actualisation is deemed to be less important than all of the other needs, but it reaches further into mental existence. The higher up the hierarchy we get, the further we get to mental aspects.
Your mental actualisation reaches further than you think. Unfortunately, no one can be told how far it reaches; you have to know it for yourself, and that is only possible by going down the path of mental actualisation.
But what does it mean to mentally actualise yourself? Well, Carl Jung called it individuation. In I CONSUME, I gave brief descriptions of the parts of the Jungian psyche. Now I will give full descriptions of each.
The Persona – the Persona is a mask the ego puts up in front of others to stop its secrets being discovered. It is an ego defence mechanism. It is a limiter, because we cannot act in our full capacity while we are acting under our persona. We be what others we respect want us to be, despite the fact that we’re not. The Persona is the circumference of consciousness.
The Ego – this is what we regard as our identity. The ego has all sorts of defence mechanisms to ensure its often dubious moral nature is not discovered; to ensure it is not scrutinised by others. You wouldn’t be friends with someone who talks to you how you talk to yourself. Social relationships are more of an aspect of the persona than the ego because the ego spends its time underneath the persona while it is with others, and this means they don’t truly reflect us – unless, of course, we know someone so well, we feel as though we can drop our persona. The ego is the centre of consciousness and is also its (inner) boundary with the unconscious.
The Shadow – the Shadow contains the opposite personality to us. It contains the aspects of ourselves we neglect and would rather forget. It is the circumference of the unconscious. Many people are not aware of the Shadow, but it can erupt in uncontrolled and disturbing ways if it is continually neglected. The more you try to suppress the Shadow, the more power it has.
The Anima/Animus – the anima is the female aspect of a male, and the animus is the male aspect of the female. In this deeper part of our unconscious are the traits of the opposite gender. In this way, the psyche is complete, and, as a whole, both male and female.
The Self – this is the centre of the personal unconscious and of the entire psyche. It is the greatest power in the psyche, such to the point that an individual can be completely in its thrall. If the Self is encountered by someone who is unprepared, it can lead to megalomania, and the ego can even withdraw from the world entirely, causing a state of catatonia.
There is a phenomenon known as Shadow projection in which we accuse others of what lies in our Shadow. If we pretend the contents of the Shadow do not belong to us, we are free to condemn them. Shadow projection makes us forget that we hold the qualities we regard as the worst and pretend that others hold them. Shadow projection is not confronting the Shadow.
In Individuation, we integrate the parts of the psyche, other than the ego. Only when we do this are we whole. We assimilate the persona, displaying our true ego to others, then we begin to integrate the unconscious, learning of them and channelling them into something positive and healthy. Good mental health involves trying to cultivate and assimilate unconscious aspects and functions of the psyche and make them conscious, thereby making ourselves more balanced.
That is what mental actualisation is – making the unconscious conscious; achieving your dreams; participating in your passion. Those who do not strive to achieve this are not mentally healthy and thus are not self-actualised or fulfilled.
The Shadow is everything within us that we’re ashamed of. When you are afraid of speaking in front of a group, that is because you are trying to hide your Shadow from the people you’re speaking to. Your insecurities are what the Shadow is. The solution to this is simple, but not easy.
Don’t be ashamed of your Shadow and don’t project it. Being ashamed of it only makes it grow and if you don’t accept it, you won’t be able to control it. This article is very useful to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the Shadow: [+ http://www.personality-blog.com/article/842/its-your-shadow-that-causes-your-stagefright+]
Don’t hide the contents of the Shadow. Your Shadow is your friend. It is a part of you. Integrate it; welcome it, and you will call out in one voice: “Listen!” Together you will be stronger than you ever were when you were separate. Admit everything to the world, and open yourself up, because you are not doing yourself any good keeping the Shadow locked up.
You will feel better, more powerful than before. You will carry new authority and strength in your ego. You and your Shadow speaking together is a voice people will and should listen to. Gain control of your life. Become strong.
The Shadow is only your enemy because you choose to brand it so. It needs to express itself, and when it is not allowed to do so, it can and will erupt. A common mistake is to think of your Shadow as another person. It is not another person; it is you. You are neglecting part of yourself.
When you are not allowed to express yourself, you find it unfair and are pushed to breaking point. Eventually, you will just “fuck the consequences” and express yourself anyway. The Shadow is no different. It is a part of you that needs expression. That’s all it is. Your Shadow is your responsibility – because it is you.
Why does this book exist?
If you’ve thought that about this book, that’s good. Every book you read should have a reason to exist, and if that reason is not evident to the reader, the author has done a poor job in communicating their purpose.
Despite the need for such clarification, I did not include one in this book’s introduction. Oh dear. Of course, I could have just gone back and added one, but I didn’t feel like it.
That’s what you sound like when you procrastinate. You sound lazy. Of course, that doesn’t mean you really are lazy, but not doing something when you don’t feel like it is not always the best option, and it’s certainly not a desirable quality, especially in an author.
Anyway, here is what should have been included in the introduction:
This book will show you how to overcome your feelings as a barrier to a better life. It will teach you how to lead a life of fulfilment and self-actualisation. It exists because I wish nothing more than to help the ordinary people of earth become extraordinary, overcome their barriers and shine, as geniuses, as phoenixes. If that seems to you like a worthy goal for a lifetime, welcome!
Struggle is necessary for a healthy human being and a healthy life. It shapes you into a better person. Pursuing union with the Shadow is also an excellent start. But notice I didn’t say it was easy to bring the Shadow into consciousness. It is extremely hard. You will find qualities that you don’t like and perhaps even hate within yourself. How does that make you feel?
Do you feel intimidated by your Shadow? If not, you haven’t yet seen it. It is the source of your lack of confidence and many of your irrational fears. It is everything about yourself that you fear and are ashamed of. Something like that is intimidating to anyone who has not yet integrated the Shadow.
To get a glimpse of the Shadow is easy; to tame it is another matter. If you look into the Shadow and see nothing hard or intimidating, there’s something wrong with you. Make sure you’re doing it properly.
To gaze into the Shadow and see its power is to understand that there is nothing of which you are not capable. Do you think you could not kill hundreds of people when deferring to an authority? You do not know the Shadow. Do you think you are a decent person and thus possess no or few indecent qualities? You do not know the Shadow.
It is certainly difficult to rid yourself of your persona and integrate the Shadow, but why would it be otherwise? Those who want everything to be easy all the time are the most bizarre creatures in the universe. They clearly don’t understand how the universe operates. Well, let me tell you how it operates: the goal of life is to achieve maximum mental actualisation, and in order to do that, you must pass through many stages of difficulty, but at the end of each stage you will be more conscious and more knowledgeable than before. That is literally “what they never told you”. It’s a secret and yet it’s not. This information is available to anyone and yet barely anyone knows.
Don’t shy away from difficulty and challenge. I know it’s easy for me to say that, but really – don’t. It’s hard, yes, but that is part of the natural process of self-actualisation. Put quite bluntly, grow a spine. Stop looking around for others to come and help you. It’s possible you will receive some help, but don’t sit and wait for that to happen! You can achieve individuation on your own; you just need more confidence in yourself.
It’s no use sitting around among the Legions of the Spineless – and yes, that is an official term I’m coining. It’s no use saying, “I’ll start it at some later date; I don’t have the time or energy right now”. If you say that to yourself, a year will pass and all you will have made is excuses. Decide right now whether or not you want to embark on the journey of individuation, and if it is a yes, start researching how to do it RIGHT NOW! There are no excuses. If you really wanted to do it, you wouldn’t make so many excuses – you’d get to it right away.
In addition to this book as a resource (and the blog linked several pages above), you could probably find about a hundred websites giving you more information on the process. There are plenty of resources you can find to begin your journey. It is time to stop making excuses. Do you want to become stronger or don’t you? Own your decision rather than making excuses because I used to do that. And do you know where it got me? Nowhere; I was just lying to myself.
Be honest. You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to. No one’s going to force you. You have complete freedom of choice. Don’t feel coerced or pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do. If you don’t want to integrate your Shadow or assimilate your Persona, that’s up to you. If you don’t, I think you need to grow a spine (and that’s not meant as an insult – it’s basically “tough love” for “become stronger and have more confidence in yourself”), but that’s my opinion, and you are perfectly within your rights to ignore me.
The Persona is a defence mechanism put up by the ego, and it exists because in situations of emotional stress, the Shadow bleeds through into consciousness.
“Under stressful circumstances or in states of fatigue or intoxication, this compensatory alter ego or shadow complex can be triggered into temporarily taking total command of the conscious will. The abject negativity and destructiveness of the shadow is largely a function of the degree to which the individual neglects and refuses to take responsibility for it, only inflaming its ferocity and pernicious power. The shadow’s sometimes overwhelming strength and disturbing ability to intrude into one’s cognitions, affects and behavior has historically been experienced and misinterpreted as demonic possession, for which exorcism is believed to be the only treatment.
“Yet, the shadow, while very real, is not meant to be taken concretely or literally but rather, allegorically. It is not an evil entity existing apart from the person, nor an invading alien force, though it may be felt as such. The shadow is a universal (archetypal) feature of the human psyche for which we bear full responsibility to cope with as creatively as possible. But despite its well-deserved reputation for wreaking havoc and engendering widespread suffering in human affairs, the shadow–in distinction to the literal idea of the devil or demons–can be redeemed: The shadow must never be dismissed as merely evil or demonic, for it contains natural, life-giving, underdeveloped positive potentialities too.” – [+ https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow+]
The Shadow can be a destructive force, but it must never be treated with disgust or contempt. In my previous book I said, “[the Abrahamic religions] are breeding grounds for the Jungian Shadow”. What I meant by this is that the Shadow in them is neglected. Abrahamists don’t know the first thing about the Shadow, and the Abrahamic Shadow is especially dangerous because of the specific qualities it possesses.
It’s hard to even locate and identify the contents of the Shadow (since it is an unconscious archetype), let alone deal with them. But with enough effort, you can achieve it. You can find many excellent resources and articles online that give detailed descriptions of the Jungian Shadow and how to deal with it.
D’you know when you are alone and you talk to yourself? You should be able to say all of that in front of people, and the fact that you don’t is a sign that you’re still hiding your Shadow.
“If a person does not proceed toward self-knowledge, neurotic symptoms may arise.” This is why you are insecure and dissatisfied when you don’t pursue self-actualisation and self-fulfilment – because self-actualisation is knowing yourself. There is no distinction between the two.
The Shadow is your first obstacle. It is your inner demon, which stands in opposition to everything you stand for. Your job is to learn to live with it, to not hide it and to give it expression and respect in your life. Channel its energies, abilities and qualities into something good. You will always have a dark side, but you need to learn to live with it and control it, but always treating it with respect. Respect the qualities within yourself because neglecting them is not a healthy way to live and will surely cause an outburst of the Shadow.
Everyone’s a hypocrite. The best ones are the ones who can admit it. Those who don’t think they are hypocrites are hopelessly unaware of their Shadow. Everyone contains contradicting qualities and values within. If you embrace them and grant them expression in your conscious life, then you will live healthier – a hypocrite who can admit he is a hypocrite rather than futilely denying it.
Carl Jung said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves,” and he was right. However much you may hate that really obnoxious person, you have his qualities within you. All you need to do is accept it, and find a way of channelling it into something good and useful. And once you respect those qualities in yourself, you have no reason not to respect them in others. That’s important.
So respect that obnoxious person lest you disrespect yourself. Once you realise you possess all the qualities you hate, you begin to also realise that everyone is deserving of respect, no matter how much you may hate them.
“Carpe Diem” comes from the Roman poet Horace. It is part of the longer phrase, “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, which means “Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow”.
“The ode says that the future is unforeseen and that one should not leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one’s future better.” – Wikipedia, Carpe Diem
Let’s talk about the comfort zone, for it is an important concept to grasp if you’re going to seize the day.
I’ve linked another post from the same blog as the one linked with the Shadow. Read it, and you will begin to understand. You won’t always be comfortable in life – and that’s why you’re so afraid to do what you want to do. It involves leaving you comfort zone. That’s why you don’t want to get out of bed. Initially, leaving your comfort zone is hard and uncomfortable, but once you’re out there, you’re fine.
You need to deal with this discomfort because you can’t just sit around all the time, not achieving anything. It’s psychologically unhealthy. Just accept it – you’re going to have to get out of your comfort zone at some point; it might as well be now; you might as well embrace it rather than shy away from it.
Recognise the insignificance of your comfort zone. Life is outside of it. You will feel much better and much healthier afterwards if you have the guts to actually do it. You are a hero, refusing the call to adventure.
I’m going to show you what a hero is and the qualities one has. If you become a hero – become strong and brave – you will be able to undertake all of life’s challenges. Only heroes can succeed in the journey into the unconscious; into the Unknown Country. No task is more difficult than finding out who you truly are. You may think that your ego is who you are, but you are mistaken.
These are the steps in the hero’s journey:
World of Common Day (Ordinary World)
Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call
Supernatural Aid (Meeting with the Mentor)
Crossing the First Threshold and entering the Extraordinary World
Belly of the Whale
Descent, Initiation, Penetration
Road of Trials (Tests, Allies, Enemies)
Meeting with the Goddess
Woman as Temptress
Atonement with the Father
The Ultimate Boon (Reward; seizing the sword)
The Refusal of the Return
The Magic Flight
Rescue from Without
Crossing the Return Threshold
Master of the Two Worlds (Resurrection)
Freedom to Live (Return with the Elixir)
Many people are on stage 3 – refusal of the call. They know every day that they have the opportunity to leave the ordinary world, but they don’t because it is “out of their comfort zone” or “too difficult”. Below is an explanation of all of these stages.
World of Common Day
This is the ordinary, boring world with which so many people are obsessed. The hero’s journey begins with dissatisfaction; the hero is not satisfied with his existence in this normal world.
Call to Adventure
The hero encounters something which challenges him to do something extraordinary. This is the hero’s first contact with something outside the ordinary world. The hero receives the call, and it is his choice whether he accepts it or not. If he truly is a hero, he will accept it sooner or later (usually later). If he is not, he will refuse it all his life.
Refusal of the Call
When we get the Call to Adventure, we can be apprehensive. We know that this will make a huge change to our lives and that we will have to step out of our comfort zone. We hesitate.
Most people are in this position. They have received the call already, but they refuse because they place too much value in their comfortable homes and their vapid friendships. They are people who will not undertake the hero’s journey because they are – dare I say it – too weak to do so.
Supernatural Aid (Meeting with the Mentor)
In many stories, the would-be hero receives help from a higher and wiser figure. This mentor helps the hero overcome his doubts and helps prepare him for what is to come. Most people never meet a mentor. This is a contributing factor in their continuous refusal of the call.
Crossing the First Threshold
This is the point where the hero finally crosses into the extraordinary world. He is no longer a passive person, but an active one. He has seized the gauntlet. He has escaped the endless trivialities and distractions of the ordinary world. Most people never even reach this stage. The mentor helps with the crossing of this threshold, although the hero has to actually cross it himself.
Belly of the Whale
The hero undergoes a big change. There is a clear distinction from him now and who he used to be. The first steps of his journey have changed him, and he can now do what has to be done.
Road of Trials (Tests, Allies, Enemies)
The hero now proceeds to transform, while undergoing tests and trials, often failing at them. He must not be discouraged. He meets allies and enemies, who will both be useful to him.
Meeting with the Goddess
The hero finds transformative love. This represents an encounter with his anima (the heroine meets her animus figure).
Woman as Temptress
The hero feels temptation or lust that threaten to draw him away from his task. Many fail at this point. But the hero will succeed; he must, if he is to confront his enemies.
Atonement with the Father
The hero confronts the person who is in control of his life – the most powerful person who has regular influences on him. In stories, this is usually a father or some other kind of dominant person.
The hero now reaches a higher state of being. He is now greater than he was before.
The Ultimate Boon (Reward; seizing the sword)
This is when the hero finally takes his reward for his trials. He takes the thing this entire quest was for (usually esoteric or transcendent knowledge; in fantasy stories, it is usually some magic object or a new power).
The Refusal of the Return
After attaining the reward, the hero often does not wish to return to the ordinary world.
The Magic Flight
The hero sets off to return to the ordinary world, but is once again chased by his enemies. In stories, the hero often uses magic or his newfound power to stop those enemies.
Rescue from Without
The hero might need help to return to the ordinary world.
Crossing the Return Threshold
The hero returns to the ordinary world with his new power or knowledge, and must decide how to use it to help his community.
Master of the Two Worlds (Resurrection)
The hero now knows both spiritual and physical reality. He is master both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Freedom to Live
The hero now has freedom to truly live. He can use his power/knowledge to help others, and perhaps even mentor someone else willing to take on the journey.
The above scheme of the hero’s journey is taken from the AC Project’s “Hero Program”, though explained in my own words.
There you have it – the journey into the extraordinary world. Of course, in real life, it is often more complicated than that, but it’s the general picture. Only heroes can venture into the unconscious and retrieve knowledge of who they really are.
The ordinary world today offers many temptations – any number of vapid and transparent attempts to get you to buy products that supposedly make your life easier. The path of the easy life is an alluring one. At times, it can be difficult to resist, even for a hero. For someone who identifies with the pleasures of the world, this path is almost inescapable.
For a hero, however, these are vapid lives that try to make it look as though they are achieving something great when in fact they are anything but great. A simple life can never be a truly satisfying one. Progress must be made; mental actualisation must be attained.
Do you want to be able to say that you are truly satisfied with your life on your deathbed? Or do you want to be filled with regret? Yes, you will make mistakes, but that is part of the hero’s journey. We are all tempted by the material world rather than the mental world of knowledge and wisdom. The greatest of mind are those who can resist these temptations. If you live your life without ever once indulging in any vices, you are either mentally ill or you are incredibly good at resisting the temptation.
Every day, we are subjected to temptations. The reason why they work is that most people are so bad at controlling themselves. They go into the store for one thing and come back out with a thousand items. They can’t resist it. Supermarkets often move products around, so you have to go around the entire store looking for what you want, all the while being tempted by everything you see.
Are you the kind of person who salivates every time you see a “2 for 1” deal? Are you the kind of person who gets carried away while shopping? You aren’t very likely to be going on a journey into your unconscious anytime soon. Are you the kind of person who has always sought the answers to existence? They lie within you, if you did but know it.
You cannot hope to understand yourself if you believe you have no Shadow, no Anima/Animus and no Self. Your sense of self is false; your ego is not who you really are – your Jungian Self is. Mental actualisation involves integrating all of the unconscious components of the psyche, so that you are one and whole. You will start to achieve that only when you:
1: escape the temptation of the ordinary, easy world,
2: stop looking around for others to help you, and
3: are prepared to be a hero.
No one is coming to help you. There is not some super-being who will come to save you. It’s up to you to save yourself. You must take up the challenge yourself. There’s no one who can make that decision for you. It’s all you. Few people ever meet a mentor. You can’t rely on yourself meeting one. You have to be prepared to take the journey alone – because there is almost no one willing to go with you.
You have to handle your own challenges alone anyway. It doesn’t make too much difference if you do have someone else on the journey with you – they can’t do a thing for you in this regard. They can help you, but you have all the power you need to help yourself. You already have everything you need – all you need to do is tap into that knowledge (easier said than done, of course).
“As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.” – Pythagoras
People should respect others. You think that just because you don’t like someone you shouldn’t respect them? You think that just because someone doesn’t respect you, you shouldn’t respect them? You think that just because you consider someone worthless, you shouldn’t respect them?
Society and cooperation are about mutual respect – not about worship or unidirectional respect (respect that only flows one way). A respectful person sees the merit in everything, sees the best in everyone; but it would be foolish not to see the worst in everyone also.
Show some respect to those around you. They are just as you, after all. If there is something you don’t like about them, it is guaranteed that you possess that quality as well. Certainly condemn unacceptable and bad behaviours and deeds, but not without respect to the perpetrators.
It is absolutely necessary to be an asshole at times, but the key is to remember and be aware of your Shadow. Don’t disrespect what a person does just because you don’t like it. That is a narrow-minded and selfish thing to do, especially if the person you are disrespecting is someone who can’t verbally defend themselves. Don’t lash out at someone who cheeses your overcooked onions as though whatever you don’t like is something that deserves to die.
Evil is simply good which has lost its way. Good is simply evil which follows the wrong path. There are no rational grounds for necessarily condemning or celebrating either of them. Oh, how terrible that sounds! The suggestion that there may be more to evil than most people even bother to think about!
There is no objectively good or objectively evil thing. Anyone who says otherwise is factually wrong. As much as you may like to think that your sense of morality is not misleading you, it is. Instead use reason, because reason is objective and if there is an error in using it, that can only come from you.
If you want truth, look to the world of mind, not matter. There is no scientist who can teach you the answers to everything.
During mental actualisation, doubt is the biggest obstacle you have to overcome. You have to overcome your weaknesses and everything holding you back.
You are always the biggest critic of yourself (unless you have an unhealthy amount of self-confidence). Your task is to survive those criticisms, not stop them. You need to be criticised; otherwise, how would you find problems with yourself? But don’t let yourself be crushed by it, and don’t criticise yourself too heavily.
You will doubt yourself almost every step of the way. Overcome it, don’t let it hold you back. You could do it if you did but try. But most people don’t try. They let themselves fail because the doubt is too much for them. Are you one of the few who can overcome this doubt, this most uncomfortable of feelings?
If you have read up to this point, you now know much more about your potential and have an idea of how to actualise it. Well done to you – you have downloaded a book and not deleted it the moment you saw something you didn’t like. It’s hard not to be selfish sometimes.
The Contents of the Unconscious
What does the unconscious hold? What is the benefit of undergoing mental actualisation? Does the unconscious hold incredible knowledge and mental powers? Does it hold astonishing gifts and seemingly impossible capabilities? The unconscious houses all of these things.
One thing to understand about the unconscious is that it has two aspects: individual and collective. The personal unconscious contains the personal Shadow, the Anima/Animus and the Self. The collective unconscious is for an entire species (i.e. humanity has a collective unconscious, and so do dogs, so do cats, and so on). The collective unconscious is populated with archetypes, each of which can be three things: symbols, concepts and behavioural patterns.
How did you think animals know what to do or have the mental instincts they do? They are derived from the collective unconscious. How do humans have the slightest idea of how to care for newborns? What is “mother’s intuition”?
To parent a baby, the parents’ respective archetypes for caring for a baby kick in. As for mother’s intuition, that can be the result of two things – the same archetype from the collective unconscious or the fact that a mother is strongly mentally linked to her child (provided they grew up together). The latter is more true the older the child gets.
The collective unconscious is how intuitions can come to us – where we obtain flashes of insight seemingly from nowhere. It is also how we can be affected by things that are happening we aren’t aware of.
Mutual respect is all about assigning equal importance to each other – which is a good place to start if you want to ensure all people are treated equally. The message often isn’t emphasised enough – respect others. You may hate somebody but that doesn’t mean you can’t respect them – or, at least, a part of them.
Everybody has something to contribute. Everybody. Never treat anyone as worthless or a waste of space – it simply isn’t true. In fact, if you’re saying that to somebody, you are wasting your potential, since you obviously have nothing better to do with your time than try to humiliate others. Who’s a waste now?
I still haven’t described many details about mental actualisation. In fact, what I have called “mental actualisation” in this book actually has several other names. But if you want the truth, you have to choose it for yourself. I don’t have the right to force that truth upon you – or even to expose you to it, when you likely didn’t download this book for the truth in the first place.
I can tell you where you can find it, but that’s all I will do. The truth isn’t chitchat or gossip; it isn’t something you throw up in casual conversation. It is something you have to choose, and be aware of what you’re choosing.
Whatever you may think, you have no chance of ever actualising yourself if you think it will be or should be easy. You have a very difficult path stretched out in front of you – and most people can’t even see the path, let alone walk it. There are many obstacles and challenges along the way; things that will push you, literally, to your limits, to the brink of madness. Throughout all of the trials and confrontations with yourself, you have to keep sight of your goal, stay emotionally stable and keep working at it. You have to be ready for the very worst, everything your Shadow can throw at you (unless you treat it correctly). You must never back down, never give up. A universe stands in your way of becoming everything you want to be.
Does that sound easy to you?
Your task is to delve into your unconscious and find out who you really are. If it seems as though I’m avoiding obvious questions, I am. My job is not to answer your questions. Some things you have to find out for yourself. How else are you going to become strong? Do you think someone who goes asking his mummy the answer every time he has a question is strong?
But what if you don’t want to do that? What if you just want the easy life? What if you can’t be bothered? Well then you are spineless and will never get what you want. You’re condemning yourself.
You have to resign yourself to the fact that you can’t want something and expect it to come for no effort at all. You have to work hard for every glimmer of happiness along the path of the journey. They will perhaps be few and far between.
So, what is your position? Are you going to choose the easy life or the hard life? It’s entirely up to you. You have every opportunity to embrace life in its fullest, but you nevertheless sit and pretend that you don’t. The only person you’re fooling is yourself. Are you prepared to embark on the journey of a lifetime or would you rather watch TV? Either way suits me. I have offered you everything you need – a “language” in which to describe the journey, motivation to pursue it and the knowledge that you already have the means you need. It matters not to me whether or not you stand up on your own two feet or slump on the couch like an invertebrate.
The means is the journey; the end is up to you. Are you ready to see yourself clearly for the first time? Or are you not bothered, just wanting to catch that show you really don’t want to miss that’s obviously so important to humanity? You could be so much more than shoppers or television watchers. Isn’t it time to release that potential – turn it actual?
Let no one be under any delusion that proclaims the ordinary life to be the only possible life to live. There are a thousand better lives than the ordinary one.
The entity you use as you read these words – your ego – is not the real you. The real you lies deeper down – your Self. Let us delve deeper, then, and explore this part of the unconscious.
Most people believe that the soul is some mystical entity that is the source of all spiritual feelings and experiences (that, or god is). And that’s true, minus the mystical part. The soul is where psychology and religion blur together. The Self is both the soul and the “true” you. Let me tell you something. The WHOLE universe revolves around not how much it has expanded or how many years it has been since the Big Bang, but around the level of expression of its total potential.
The next book in this series will be called The Self, the Mind and the Soul, and will explore the Self in much more detail and how it relates to what we usually call the Soul. As a full disclosure, this next book will present parts of the Truth, so if you don’t want the Truth, don’t read it. In fact, I went a little beyond my rights at the beginning of this chapter, but that first paragraph is important to understand.
The Self is both the centre and the totality of our psyche; it is both the circumference and the centre. The following image is from Wikipedia, with its caption:
The Self is the nucleus of the psyche, its very essence. The Self is both the whole and part of the whole. It is the deepest part of the personal unconscious, and our true selves.
“It is a “God-image” within the psyche. Although Jung was criticized for allegedly implying that the Self is God, he stressed that the Self is not God itself but rather only an image of God, a representation of God as it would be depicted within the psyche (although he did call the Self the “God within us” in Psychology and Religion on page 334).” –
If the self is indeed the God-image (the Imago Dei), that means we can all reach this image and contemplate the face of God. Again we see psychology and religion meeting. The Self connects our psychology with the very essence of God, the centrepiece of many religions. We are inside our self, but to reach it we have to journey deep into our unconscious, confronting and integrating the parts of the psyche along the way, resolving our inner turmoil and finding out about ourselves as scientists find out about the laws of nature.
Contradictory to what most people think, we do not know all of ourselves. We are as enigmatic and mysterious as the universe itself. Just as we, organisms within the universe, discover that we are part of a larger whole, so the Jungian Ego must find out that it is but a piece of the totality of the psyche. It takes just as much effort to solve the mysteries of ourselves as it does to solve the mysteries of the universe.
Our task is to make the unconscious conscious. Only then will we enjoy the sight of God.
“In addition to being a symbol of God in the psyche, the Self could also be considered a symbol of what the religions call the “soul.”” –
Do you see what happens when we equate God with the Soul?
The Self, if approached by an unprepared person, can lead to psychosis. In some cases, the Ego can withdraw entirely from the world – leading to catatonia.
“We cannot know the Self intellectually. Although we can make certain observations about the Self (as this chapter has done), we cannot study the Self in the same manner in which a scientist would examine an amoeba under a microscope.” –
We cannot study the Self in that same manner, no. But that doesn’t mean it is intellectually unknowable. Jung claimed that we could never integrate the Self, and must always maintain distance between ourselves and it, just as a spacecraft must maintain distance from the sun, lest it burn. That is where Jung begins to depart from reality. Why shouldn’t we be able to integrate the Self? If the Self is like a sun, shouldn’t that mean we just have to become stronger, so as to embrace it?
“Because the Self is the entirety of us, any viewpoint (such as the ego’s viewpoint of the Self) would have a limiting blind spot, as in the situation of an eyeball trying to look at itself.” –
Well, we have mirrors, don’t we? To compare the psyche with such a physicalist notion is ridiculous. We no more have blind spots of the psyche than God has blind spots of the universe. The Ego is not an eye.
“As Jung said (in Psychology and Religion on page 334), “Intellectually the Self is no more than a psychological concept, a construct that serves to express an unknowable essence which we cannot grasp as such, since by definition it transcends our powers of comprehension.”” –
What all of these people who claim unknowable things to exist seem to forget to explain is WHY they are unknowable. Why should there be some arbitrary limit to human comprehension? Why should we be able to integrate the Shadow and the Anima/Animus, but then have to stop at the Self? If the Ego is of the same substance as the Self, then there is no sufficient reason why we shouldn’t be able to gain absolute knowledge of it. If the Ego arises from the Self, it is certainly fallacious to assert that the Ego cannot return to it.
The Self is who we truly are, an in order to find it, we must embark on the journey of the archetypes.
We live in a fundamentally other-directed society, where everyone wants to conform to what’s normal for fear of being alienated. People just don’t like to make their own decisions instead of behaving in ways that other people approve of. One of the most common regrets felt by people on their deathbed is that they wish they hadn’t spent so much time being socially acceptable; they wish they’d just been themselves.
This is a huge regret, and it’s not something anyone wants to feel. It is an admission that you lived your life entirely for other people, and while that may sound very selfless, it’s just plain stupid. No one gives birth to a child thinking, “oh, this child isn’t going to have a life at all”. It’s good to live for other people, but not all the time. If you live life for other people and others live their lives for other people, we might as well have just made them someone else.
It’s necessary to live for yourself sometimes. You may not always be appreciated or approved of, but it should make no difference to you. Fuck those fools who tell you that you must live for other people, always. They’re just trying to sucker you into being nice to them and giving them what they want.
It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. It’s okay to be an asshole sometimes. In fact, those things are necessary. You were born into this world for personal development; altruism is a quality that enables you to, well, help others, and thereby also help yourself. When you help someone through something, they are more inclined to help you, and thus you help yourself by helping other people.
Even purely altruistic people are idiots – they can be so altruistic to the point that they will not accept any help from anyone, and will not care about their own wellbeing.
If you let yourself be determined by other people, a) you show a lack of confidence in yourself, b) you show a desire to fit in; a sign that you are not a product of your own personal development but of other people’s wishes, and c) you live life exclusively for other people.
Don’t let others weigh you down. Certainly help others, but if they do not appreciate you or offer you help in return, they are just holding you back. Now, this has to be stated: do not push others out of the way in order to propel yourself upwards. This is what we call selfishness, and selfishness is part of the root system of evil.
Evil people push others out of the way in order to get themselves to the top of life. Good people wait for others before proceeding themselves. Those who are beyond good and evil use reason to determine what to do next.
People do nothing but let themselves be directed by others. They cannot handle the responsibility of making their own decisions – if they make a bad decision, they will have to admit that it is they who failed and not others – they cannot shift the blame to others because it falls entirely on them.
Can you handle responsibility? Or do you have to place it onto someone else? Take responsibility for your life – make your own choices, perform your own actions. And once you fail, admit it to everyone. This serves two functions: 1) you can admit your failures to other people – you aren’t embarrassed or ashamed by admitting you failed, and 2) you are given incentive to try harder the next time around, so you won’t have to admit failure again.
Typically, someone who feels the need to sneer or laugh at failing people is an idiot who doesn’t understand failure at all. Everyone fails at some point in their lives. Sometimes the most difficult thing is to admit your own responsibility for your failure.
Other-directed people are always worrying about what everyone else is doing – who’s in and who’s out; who’s fat and who’s thin; who’s cool and who’s not. They haven’t got a single unique bone in their body. They can’t do something special; they have to do what everyone else is doing – always conform to the crowd.
Take control of your own life; make your own decisions. You need to make your own mistakes. You can accept guidance but know that it is ultimately your responsibility what choices you make. Don’t let others pressure you into doing one thing instead of another.
“Above all things, reverence yourself.” – Pythagoras
To make your own choices, you need to start trusting yourself and stop caring so much about what everybody else is doing and what they think about you. What others think is often irrelevant.
Tricksters are people who play jokes on others and tell deceptive lies. Shapeshifters are people with unstable identities and are often liars or traitors. Both of these archetypes introduce doubt into the hero’s story. Tricksters make the hero question himself, and Shapeshifters make the hero question how events will proceed. The Trickster often appears in religious myths.
A valid question at this point would be, “if these archetypes appear in stories, how are they linked to the hero’s real journey?”
They exist in stories because stories are always a reflection of real life in some way, especially when it comes to the people in them, and potential for the archetypes like the Trickster does exist in everyone, only some archetypes are expressed more in some people than in others (this constitutes a large part of what we call a personality).
The archetypes do exist; the reason why we use stories as an example is that they provide specific “case studies” with which to illustrate points (i.e. we can use specific people – actually fake people – as examples of what we’re saying). Not only that, but ordinary life is boring and it doesn’t do so well at bringing out the archetypes. In stories, we can have over-the-top archetypal people who truly illustrate the archetype and what it stands for and how it behaves – in reality, people exhibit a range of archetypes; not just one or two.
We each have a set of archetypes that we most use (in terms of behavioural patterns, these are our most often behaviours that constitute part of our main conscious personality). We can also call upon archetypes to make them more asserted in our life.
We have access to all archetypes, but different ones express themselves different amounts in our life – this is what makes our behaviour unique. We have the power to change our behaviour, therefore, by understanding it in terms of archetypes and channelling other archetypes that were previously not expressed much in us.
Archetypes are useful things, and someone who has control over many archetypes is a very versatile person, but also may be an unstable person if that control slips. Archetypes can also drive interpretations of things.
In I CONSUME (the previous and first book in this series), under a section entitled “The Power Question”, I said that the question is not whether you want power; it is what kind of power you want – because everybody wants power in some way. This book has focused primarily on the power of self-mastery. I also said that external powers can come from the acquisition of internal powers – for example, self-confidence often increases external confidence.
When people say they don’t want power, what they usually mean is that they don’t want external power, i.e. power over other people. But power has many forms, ones you might not expect. It can come from seemingly powerless people or places.
Internal power of self-mastery is the power to master and control oneself, i.e. be able to channel archetypes and master their uses. It is the power to know oneself. The ancient Greeks said know thyself. No other statement has been so universally used and yet completely ignored. People say, “know thyself”, and yet a) don’t know what it means at all, b) don’t know what knowing thyself involves, or c) don’t bother knowing themselves anyway.
The Path of Least Resistance
I’ve talked about this before, but people are afraid of effort, of challenge. Why is that? Because people are like electrons in lightning; they follow the path of least resistance. They would much rather sway with the wind than resist the flow of air. They would much rather take the easiest path through life. They will never know ultimate peace and security because they don’t put in the effort to obtain it. They go down the path that best conducts them because it takes effort to exit the comfort zone, to get out of a warm bed into a cold room, to go reluctantly out of the door. It takes effort to think of new concepts and go down new paths less beaten. Playing it safe in life will get you nowhere. Life is nothing without risk.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
You WILL fail in life – it is inevitable. But the people who make the most of these failures are the ones who will become stronger. Failure is a sign of weakness, but there is no shame in admitting you have a weakness, and no reason why you shouldn’t use it to your advantage, and become stronger and wiser than you were before. Failure is the gateway to strength and self-knowledge.
So, don’t you want to transcend the ordinary world? You have everything you need. Why aren’t you doing it? No one’s going to force you, but you really need to know why you aren’t doing it. That is useful. Being ignorant and defensive about it isn’t.
Recently, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. It was quite close throughout the entire night, and after the event, many called for a revote. Leave beat remain by 1,269,528 votes. This event could be the beginning of something brilliant, if only the right people were in charge of the UK, but given its government’s proclivity for making spectacular cock-ups, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Some have said that it would be pointless having a revote, but given that many people were googling what the EU is after the results, getting exactly the same result after a revote would seem unlikely.
This is the UK’s first step into a new way of existing, and the response to this from half the people is all sour grapes and unwillingness to embrace something new. That is a prime example of an attitude you don’t want if you want to live a good life. Don’t be so sour when something doesn’t go your way. The consequences might even bring happiness to you afterwards.
Embrace life in its fullest. And by that I don’t mean go shopping and throw everything you can see into your basket, or buy 3 × 10umpteenth beauty products. Actively seek out and try new things, it will teach you what you’re good at. Sometimes you don’t know what your talents are; you have to find them. It’s not always easy going for something new, and half the time you’re wishing you’d stayed in bed that morning, but trust me; you will feel the results at some point. You will answer questions about yourself you didn’t even know you had.
If you’re holding down a job you don’t like in a procrustean company under a psychopathic boss, it’s probably time to get out of there; such environments are counter-creative and stifle passionate energies. If you don’t like something in your life then change it, and if you don’t then you have no one to blame but yourself.
Greek mythology harbours a most interesting character – that of Procrustes. He was a bandit whose ways of inflicting torture were … bizarre, to say the least. He invited passers-by into his hut, where he had an iron bed. Once he had them, he “forced” his victims to fit the size of the bed by cutting off the limbs of those who were too tall and stretching those who were too short – he made them fit the bed exactly. This is where the word procrustean comes from, describing situations wherein people are forced to conform to a rigid structure.
The most interesting part of this is that Theseus captures Procrustes and makes him fit on his own bed, showing that procrustean structures are eventually overthrown and then the ones doing the forcing before are now forced to conform to other rules by the new people in charge; they will be forced to endure the control they had others endure. There is sure to be someone who will bring an end to any procrustean structures and bring about an age of creativity and innovation.
When everything is so strictly regulated that no one can be creative without being singled out, something has definitely gone wrong with your organisation. Escape such organisations, for they will only bar your progress forward.
There is a delusion that a few people in the past have suffered, one of them being Hitler: Messiah Syndrome. It is the belief that you personally have a divine mission to help the world, or your own country. Not anyone else, or yourself as part of a movement; YOU alone. This delusion is false in every single case. There is no one person who has been “chosen” to help the world. Everyone must contribute their own part. Every single human being has their own part to play in the world, some minor, some large, but those parts always have an effect.
You have the chance to turn your part from small to big, but only you can make that happen – you can’t wait for someone else to offer to do it for you. They’ve got their own things to worry about, their own trials to endure. Remember this: be under no delusion that it is only you who has to help the world. Everyone has to help it, and only when that happens can the world finally be clean, free from the filth that has haunted it since the birth of civilisation. You have a part to play, yes, but you are not the whole story and not the “main character”.
Also, don’t want your part to be big for fame and fortune. You should want to play a big part in the world because you want to help as much as possible, because you want to make change. Do you think revolutionary leaders were leaders because they wanted to be in the history books? No; they were leaders because they actually wanted to contribute to their cause and were fit for their positions.
Whatever you may be told, it is completely wrong to characterise the world as a free place. The people are in chains, and the most effective part of these chains is that most don’t even know they have them. To escape them, you must begin to question things you wouldn’t normally think twice about. As one example, Abrahamic religion, as I showed in the previous book in this series, is an absolute cancer. What else is actually highly dubious even though most people think it isn’t?
It’s time to engage your brain and start to think – really think.
So, you are now armed with everything you need to begin your journey. Whether you actually do or not is your choice. My part is over for now. It’s all up to you now.
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The Phogenesis Series is a series of books in which Brother Quantificus attempts to convey greater truths that rational people can use to further their understanding of the universe and the world and how it operates.
Book 1: I CONSUME
Book 2: Carpe Diem: Seize the Day
The second book in the Phogenesis Series, Carpe Diem: Seize the Day revolves around the axis of living a satisfying life. It includes a detailed description of the Jungian Shadow and the role it plays in our lives. If you want to journey into the world of the extraordinary, welcome! This book seeks to give its readers a better understanding of the human psyche, explained in the terms of the psychologist Carl Jung, as well as how this applies to everyday life. It also details how to leave the ordinary world and enter the world few understand. It isn't easy, but why should it be? The achivements of all human beings is put into perspective. The potential of humans is greater than most of them could even imagine. Why put it to waste? Are you ready to go on the journey of your life?