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come out of the unconscious closet..

September 3, 2014

Oh longing mind,

Dwell within the depth

Of your own pure nature.

Do not seek your home elsewhere…

Your naked awareness alone,

O mind,

Is the inexhaustible abundance

For which you long so desperately.

(Sri Ramakrishna)


“Throughout September … many circumstances.. encourage us to own up to aspects of our shadow-self which may have been causing concern and allow them to show us where and how they need to be accommodated to align with the flow of life.
The problem with the shadow is that we allow it to isolate and shame us into silence. That’s why we repress it, denying the thoughts and feelings which cause so much consternation. Anger, despair, hatred, jealousy, fear, feelings of rejection, of unworthiness, any or all of these can be cast into the unconscious in order to keep our every day consciousness free of troublesome emotions. The process seems tidy and efficient, but in practice it doesn’t work so well.
“The amount of energy used trying to keep everything hidden, albeit unconsciously, is energy taken away for our own well-being. It’s like leaving an electrical appliance plugged in, using up power when we don’t need to. It’s costly and unnecessary. Energy is precious. 
“What’s funny about the unconscious is that we all have one and mostly its contents are the same as everyone else’s. The details may vary a bit, but basically it’s the usual morass of anger, lust, envy, fear etc… We’re simply hiding what we all share, but somehow, somewhere along the line we’ve adopted the belief that we are alone with these feelings and we must ensure no one finds out otherwise there’ll be all kinds of trouble!! This is how we collectively prevent others from owning up and why no one points out what’s really going on in the human psyche.
“September is a great month for normalising what we all share; for accepting, without fuss or fanfare, that we all have these strange and sometimes troublesome tendencies and it’s all part of being human, rather than a dreadful aberration with which only we have been burdened.
“Anger, jealousy, depression, hatred, despair, violent impulses, lust, whatever it is we’re not owning up to –  rest assured there are thousands out there not owning up to the same things!! It’s what makes us human! We don’t need to make a huge drama out of it, wailing and beating our chests. By simply accepting that this internal mess comes with the human territory can we instantly clear away a whole load of pain and stress! 
September can be a ‘coming out of the unconscious closet’ month and if we make it work we’ll all feel significantly more relaxed by the end of it!”


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