Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Guilt and Gold - The Sacred and the Profane

At a deep, inner level the sacred and the profane are united by an underlying reality that acknowledges their interdependence and the truth that one has no meaning without the other. Without the contrast provided by the profane we could not become conscious of the sacred. We hide our sins for the same reason that we hide and keep out of sight what is most valuable so that thieves will not break in and steal our treasure.

When we become conscious of how sacred our sins are, we can bring them into the light and share their sacredness and their worth. Sharing secrets is an act of intimacy. The sharing connects us to others and is a major cure for loneliness. Folks in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) learned that a long time ago.

Jung said that the shadow, where we hide our sins in secret, is 90% pure gold. The sins we commit eventually catapult us onto a path that leads us to psychological as well as spiritual development. The path leads us to our self, a Jungian term for the totality of our being and a psychological construct for god within. Lawrence H. Staples, Guilt with a Twist, pg 34.

Friday, April 18, 2014

At Your Finger Tips: The Guilt Cure

Late in his life, Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, had a stunning insight about the nature of guilt. His insight reaches deep into humanity’s collective psychic experience, and reveals a mystery that challenges our conventional views. In Jung’s last book, Mysterium Coniunctionis, which he finished seven years before his death in 1961, he wrote, “that the opposites are the ineradicable and indispensable precondition of all psychic life, so much so that life itself is guilt.” C.G.Jung, Collected Works (CW) Volume 14, par. 206.

"If life itself is guilt, and life comes from God, then guilt must also come from God. And from his terrible deeds, we have grounds for suspecting that God is indeed guilty and that guilt may be as necessary for God’s life as it is for ours. God, or our idea of God, often appears to be strikingly similar to parents and other earthly authorities. And vice-versa." Pennington and Staples, The Guilt Cure, pg 1.