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Building the New World Within (9) -What is Progress?

Thoughts are like traces of Birds in Heaven

Berlin Wall, Germany. Photographed by JJM.

“We are living in what the Greeks called the right time for a ‘metamorphosis of the gods’, i.e. of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious man within us who is changing. Coming generations will have to take account of this momentous transformation if humanity is not to destroy itself through the might of its own technology and science” (Carl Gustav Jung, 1957: The Undiscovered Self, p.110).

Jung was suggesting that we should not get completely carried away with technology and science, to the extent that we lose sight of ourselves (our Selves). Being unconscious and excessively distracted could preclude us from doing just that, because without taking stock of ourselves from time to time, there can be no self-awareness and without self-awareness there can be no self-knowledge. Without self-knowledge, we would not become aware of “the unconscious man within us changing“. This change that Jung was referring to was related to the collective unconscious of humanity entering into a time of transition, the faint beginnings of which he could already sense in 1957.

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Building the New World Within (8) – From Circles to Spirals

Berlin Wall, Germany. Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. © 1998 -2015. All Rights Reserved

Berlin Wall, Germany. Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. © 1998 -2015. All Rights Reserved

“Transcending the shadow (Jungian archetype) means neither suppressing it, nor living from it, nor being intrigued or fascinated by it. Once you have travelled through your own shadow you have created the space and time to reflect upon it in order to step out of it and live mostly outside of it and be able to observe it (in order to “keep it in check”). The same goes for the ego.

In that sense we have then become “lighter”, less shadow orientated. This is what enlightenment means in a practically achievable sense. You can live your life (much) freer from your shadow. Completely falling back into it or being enticed and intrigued by it becomes much less common or likely.”

By Jean-Jacques M.

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Building the New World Within (6) – Groundhog Day Revisited

Many small people who in many small places do many small things can change the face of the world-001

In the 1993 film, Groundhog Day by writer Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray plays the role of a television weatherman, Phil Connors who gets stuck in a small town due to strange circumstances, a situation which ultimately leads to his individuation and personal transformation.

The underlying theme of individuation is incredibly strong throughout the film, but is dealt with in such a light-hearted manner that elements of it could easily be missed. To illustrate how the individuation process might look like for an individual, on a practical level, let’s revisit some segments from this film.

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Photograph and text by Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

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Building The New World Within (5) – Tricksters, Trickery and Transcendence

He who wants the world to remain as it is do not want it to remain at all

…. “The Self” is our authentic self, hidden under the layers and layers of elements making up our personality, built up from childhood through culture, socialisation, belief systems and so on. The ego self is that layered persona which we use as a reflection to the world of who we are, in order to get ahead in life, but also to use as a defence mechanism in order not to show our real self. Many people confuse their ego-self with their real self and think that they are only their egos, due to having suppressed their real selves all their lives. It is important for all humans to have a well developed and healthy ego in order to function normally, but the ego-persona should be secondary to the authentic self. Ideally one would predominantly live from the real self as this would naturally lead to balance and contentment within which would produce authentic happiness. ….

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Gypsy Café has Relocated…

 

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Dear Visitors

We are happy to announce that Gypsy Café has moved to it’s own space:

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All Welcome.  See you there!

Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café


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