All my writing is sourcing from, and weaving around my inner and outer journey, a journey of awakening, or “the individuation journey” , according to Jung.
The archetypal journey of transformation regards all of us, because it is a Law of Nature; as such, it follows universal patterns of self-organization and evolution, aiming at our individual psychological maturation and at the collective and universal evolution of Consciousness.
Along my own journey of self-discovery I gradually realized that depression and crisis, far from being a pathology, are rather symptoms of a natural, evolutionary process.
Complexity and system sciences tell us that everything in our universe is following a pattern of growth towards organization and more complexity – when reaching a critical state, the organized complex structure tends to lose its orderly state and attains a “fluid” state of chaos. It is at this point that universal, self-organizing principles, active from micro to macro scale in our universe, take over and reorganize the previously chaotic structure into more complex and more adaptive systems, according to emergent- evolutionary principles; our inner crisis is, in fact, creating “order-out-of-chaos”, as the title of Nobel Prize Ilya Prigogine’s book on the subject suggests.
The scientist is known for his work and pioneering research in self-organizing systems, which lead him to philosophical inquiries into the formation and evolution of complexity. Many system theorists developed the theory and extended it to all living systems, human society and social life also included.
We are systems inside systems too, our ideas, theories and actions forcibly reflecting the functioning of our mind.
Human mind and psyche is a complex structure in itself, made of many interconnected, interactive parts and aspects.
My own experience lead me to infer that, once sufficiently evolved, once individual consciousness attains its critical level of complexity (in terms of intelligent, self-willed, determined personality), the system will automatically suffer “a spontaneous attempt of the psyche to heal itself of unbearable conflict by melting down and then being reborn in a more adaptive form”.
Similarly, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung associated depression with the mid-life crisis; he viewed neurosis as a potentially productive process*, a form of self healing meant to take us to the next stage in our development.
Jung also considered that psychotic episodes in particular could be understood, or might be, an attempt at self-reparation: in such instances, metanoia (Gr: metá – “beyond” or “after”, and noos – “mind”, “perception” or “understanding”) could describe a shift in the balance of the personality from our limited, ego-centered mind to an all-inclusive, all-pervasive, intelligent field (from: en.Wikipedia.org – metanoia)
We are all travelers on this journey of self-discovery, and this eventually will take us to the discovery of the True Reality. Every new experience takes us ever closer to a more realistic understanding of the intelligent nature of the laws of the universe, to the understanding that the all-prevailing Consciousness makes the very mesh of existence. This process of self-discovery is so profoundly altering the core of our being that eventually will leave no more place for doubt and suffering.
Through my writing this blog I intend to argue in favor of the following ideas that, to me, are more than evident, inspired by my own experience as they are:
- the universality of Consciousness as an “all-permeating” field – our mind is not the product of our brain
- the universality of the “Journey of Transformation” archetype
- the universality of patterns of development, known as archetypes
- that dreams, among numerous other functions, are also messengers between the unconscious and the conscious parts of the mind
The archetypal journey of transformation regards all of us, because it is a Law of Nature aiming at our psychological maturation.
There is a hero lying in every one of us, treading between suffering and shots of awe; the hero within has been long waiting to be acknowledged – and AWAKENED.