When we are young, we don’t think about the purpose of life. We live in the fast lane, wanting to carve for ourselves a nice place in the world: to make money, to create a family, to be recognized by society for our own merits and so on.
Life goes on, and we stop, or are stopped by middle-age crisis, diseases, accidents. Then, we are forced to think about life, about the purpose of life.
Happiness: a path
Jung said that we come to this world to follow the path of individuation, which means to increase our level of consciousness, which means, to know more of ourselves.
Apollo has the same opinion. The Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece, has in its entrance the inscription: “Know Thyself“.
I think that our objective is to be happy. But … How to find the key to happiness?
There are many paths to get to the top of a mountain. You can climb the East side, or the North, or any other.
There are many paths to happiness, too, but I can only recommend one I know: living a spiritual life.
Mind you! You don’t need to join an established church or religion to live a spiritual life. I’ve already posted some considerations about that in this blog:
Jung said that we hold several archetypes inside our psyches. These archetypes can be thought of as personalities. We may think that the Ego is the only personality we have, but we are wrong. Under a strong emotion, one of these other personalities may take command, bypassing the Ego.
One of these archetypes is the Self, the Image of God that we carry inside our psyche. Jung also said that the Self, tries to force us on the path of individuation.
He devised a method to communicate with these personalities. Active Imagination. This is a way of living a symbolic life. A symbolic life is similar to a spiritual life.
Meditation is another way to develop a spiritual life. And prayer is a type of meditation.
To find happiness, develop your spiritual life through meditation, prayer or active imagination.
And be happy!
Roberto Lima Netto
I believe that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness
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