Breathe in, Breathe out

Dear Friends,

Since I last wrote to you quoting the late psychiatrist, Carl Jung, I have encountered one of those pesky “insoluble problems” he referred to. You may recall that he said these problems can’t really be solved but rather “outgrown” when arriving at a “new level of consciousness.” What do you suppose he meant by reaching such a state? Was he referring to what the spiritual masters call, enlightenment? If so, can you have glimmers of that state even though you haven’t yet fully arrived?

In the Road Less Traveled, the late Scott Peck offers a simple explanation for the word “conscious,” which he explains is derived from the Latin prefix con, meaning “with,” and the word scire, meaning to know. He adds that becoming conscious is to know with our consciousness, which Peck points out ultimately means to know God. Therefore, he believed the development/expansion/evolution of consciousness has to do with cultivating awareness in our conscious mind of information stored in our unconscious. It is a process of the conscious God mind coming into synchrony with the unconscious.

I suspect as long as we are drawing breath, we are likely to encounter “insoluble problems.” So rather than resist and push against them how can we use our developing awareness to identify when we’ve been hooked? How can we train ourselves to know whether we are reacting to life by letting a habit guide our actions or words, rather than responding from a place of conscious “God awareness?” In my view, Jung’s wisdom provides us with a framework to keep track of our progress by continuing to notice whether or not we are outgrowing the hold that a problem has on us.

Peck says that as you practice communion with your developing consciousness (of knowing God), that there will be “enough joy to sustain you” through all of your moments of discomfort. Therefore, you will be less likely to become snared by triggers or charges that can rattle that subconscious databank into the wrong kind of action.

Admittedly, I am a work in progress continually trying to simplify the practices that will support me in taming the part of me that gets triggered by “insoluble problems.” The practice that comes to mind tonight? “Wax on, wax off”—compliments of The Karate Kid’s Japanese martial arts instructor, Mr. Miyagi. Remember him? ( Pretty darned profound piece of wisdom. If you didn’t see the movie and therefore have no context for the line, “breathe in, breathe out” will do…

Believing in you!