Self-realization entails an effort to make contact with what is essential within one’s Self and others, as well as liberation from illusion. The most important capacity that we can develop on the path of Self-realization is the ability to discern that which is true from that which is false.
“Always speak the truth unless it harms”. This is the wisdom of the Indian Sage Adi Shankara. Self-realization involves a commitment to truth. We must make a commitment to seek out truth in all things and in all places. It is only then that the world becomes spiritually alive for us.
The place and space of enlightenment is our own Self. In order the distill that which is true from that which is false we must begin with our own self. This means confronting the falsehoods and illusions within our own Being.
Carl Jung once said: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” In other words, we cannot know truth unless we are conscious of the illusions which bind us.
Archetypal images and forms which Jung investigates are important to the process of Self-realization because they help us to get in touch with the nature of truth and illusion. Spiritual symbols populate the inner-world, guiding us to perceive the truth and rid our mind of illusions.
Spiritual work entails a move inward, into inner life. This inner movement is a movement toward Self-knowledge. Spiritual symbols emerge spontaneously within personal dreams, meditation, visions, and artistic representations. Spiritual symbols transcend phenomenal existence. They emerge from the depths of life, and call us to realize the true nature of the Self.
Carl Jung mapped the various archetypal forms which express the highest spiritual realizations of human beings. Spiritual symbolism bypasses cultural ideology and dogma, urging us forward toward a universal truth. For those committed to truth, spiritual symbols quite naturally guide the mind toward knowledge of the Self .
My writings on Carl Jung are from a spiritual perspective. They are intended for those on the path of enlightenment.
Blessings on your journey!