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The unconscious seeks the redemptive resolution of its opposites in human consciousness

In the last resort it is highly improbable that there could ever be a therapy that got rid of all difficulties. Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health. What concerns us here is only an excessive amount of them. The basic question for the therapist is not how to get rid of the momentary difficulty, but how future difficulties may be successfully countered.

Source - C.G. Jung, The Transcendent Function. CW 8: Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche, pars. 143-144.

The idea of the complete life is the enormous swing from high to low, from low to high; from extraversion to introversion and vice versa. If life does not contain the pairs of opposites, it is just a straight line. It is just as if you did not breathe, it is just as though you did not live. When life is lived as rhythm, diastole and systole, then it is a whole, it is approaching completion.

Source - C.G. Jung, Dream Analysis: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928-1930 by C.G. Jung (Princeton University Press 1984), p. 101.

Among normal people a condition never arises so one-sided that the natural corrective tendencies of the unconscious entirely lose their value in the affairs of everyday life; but in the case of abnormal people, it is eminently characteristic that the individual entirely fails to recognize the compensating influences which arise in the unconscious. He even continues to accentuate his one-sidedness. The mentally unbalanced man tries to defend himself against his own unconscious, that is to say, he battles against his own compensating influences. The man already dwelling in a sort of atmosphere of isolation, continues to remove himself further and further from the world of reality, and the ambitious engineer strives by increasingly morbid exaggerations of invention to disprove the correctness of his own compensating powers of self-criticism. As a result of this a condition of excitation is produced, from which results a great lack of harmony between the conscious and unconscious attitudes. The pairs of opposites are torn asunder, the resulting division or strife leads to disaster, for the unconscious soon begins to intrude itself violently upon the conscious processes. Then odd and peculiar thoughts and moods supervene, and not infrequently incipient forms of hallucination, which clearly bear the stamp of the internal conflict. These corrective impulses or compensations which now break through into the conscious mind, should theoretically be the beginning of the healing process, because through them the previously isolated attitude should apparently be relieved.

Source - C.G. Jung, Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology by C.G. Jung: 1902-1916, translated and edited by Constance E. Long (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 2018), p. 307.

The unconscious seeks the redemptive resolution of its opposites in human consciousness. This resolution comes only through patterns of repeated suffering. The death of the old and conflicted consciousness is the price of the union of the divine opposites in resurrected consciousness, with the extended embrace and empathy attaching to resurrection thus understood.

Source - John P. Dourley, Love, Celibacy, and the Inner Marriage (Inner City Books 1987), p. 97.

Art: Michael Badt, 'Medina azul de Chefchaouen'

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