Knowing is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. ~ Kofi Anna~
I agree in this quote. I feel education will open up a closed mind. It is important to continue learning throughout your whole lifespan. Too often people of age get comfortable and don’t strive to keep current in what is happening around them. ” If you don’t use it you lose it” …… Oh so true!
“It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses – and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a ranging monster. ~Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconscious.”
On the other hand, the Shadow Self is an archetype that forms part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions and embarrassing fears. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. Jung believed that these latent dispositions are present in all of us, in many instances forming a strong source of creative energy.
We are all born pure, like blank canvases. But at some point during our childhood development, we learn knowledge that teaches us to separate things into good and evil. The moment we eat from this tree of knowledge, our shadows are born and we begin to divide ourselves. Furthermore, in our cultural ‘socialization’ process, we begin to sort out those traits within us that are acceptable in society, and those unacceptable traits that aren’t (which are later hidden away). As Jung said:
What we call civilized consciousness has steadily separated itself from the basic instincts. But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion. This may be by means of physical symptoms in the case of a neurosis, or by means of incidents of various kinds, or by unaccountable moods, unexpected forgetfulness, or mistakes in in speech… modern man protects himself against seeing his own split state by a system of compartments. Certain areas of outer life and of his own behavior are kept, as it were, in separate drawers and are never confronted with one another.
I love reading quotes from Dr. Seuss. When I read this Youer than You quote I knew I had to create a picture to go along with it. Some days you just have to be your own best friend and dress, act, say and be who you want to be ….. Yourer than You! I admire people that have the guts to be their authentic self …. to have their own style, own thoughts, and can dance to their own beat. Yup – this is who I have been for many years and I find people either really like me or not. Doesn’t matter because I am comfortable being who I am. I like who I am.
So many people struggle with “Who am I”. The question is a baffling one for sure but it does not have to be. Why is it so difficult for people to listen to their inner voice? If you take the time to listen you will learn all that you need to know.
When you are in alignment with the plan the universe has for you and you pay attention to your inner voice you will feel at peace. That nagging feeling that things are just not right will disappear as long as you hold to the theory of harm none.
What is your passion? What makes you come alive and smile? What do you engage in and realize that you have lost all sense of time. What makes you happy?
Mine is my artwork.
Boy have I learned things from my yesterdays ….. lessons learned, some huge hurts, and the ability to shrug things off and move on. This is what life is all about.
As Einstein said “The important thing is not to stop questioning”
I could not agree with him more on this piece of advice.
It is quite a process to do the work to find out who you really are – your authentic self. To learn to set great boundaries, and to learn to let things go that are not so good for your overall well being. I was not real good at setting boundaries and at times felt as though I was walking on egg shells trying to keep my balance. Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self. As you do so it opens up space to let the things in that really matter to you. Not what others think should be important to you.
Walt Disney said: We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
I have learned to enjoy the journey I am on with all of it’s twist and turns. Some times not so pleasant but needed just the same. Sometimes moments of pure joy like the birth of my grandsons and being allowed to be right there when they blessed this world with their presence.
I have learned to celebrate each moment for it is a gift. With that gift comes the ability to learn, forgive, compassion, love, letting go, understanding, and non-judgement. It’s there, we just have to remember it’s our gift to use.
My journey is not over – I have much to learn, experience, and enjoy for this path that I am on is a lifetime process.
Show the world just how amazing you are. Be wild, be crazy, be smart, be artistic, be a book worm, be whatever you want to be but remember you are AMAZING.
Do they love you or the mask you put on everyday?
No one can long hid behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character. ~Seneca the Younger~
Remember behind every mask there is a face. Behind every face there is a story. So, Live your story, write the ending of your story – don’t let someone else have that power, and be sure tell your story.
Most of all remember:
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible. ~ Audrey Hepburn~