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  What is Individuation?

Transcript: The psychologist Carl Jung used the term “Individuation” to describe the process of reaching one’s maximum potential and becoming an integrated, mature person. A characteristic of this could be the ability to manage cognitive dissonance. This means to hold two conflicting concepts in mind and make an objective decision that is aligned with a desired outcome. In eastern tradition this could be considered to be like enlightenment; in that the enlightened individual has a choice when it comes to experiencing emotions and responding by-design instead of reacting to one’s environment.

Carl Jung stated that, “Today humanity, as never before, is split into two apparently irreconcilable halves. The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposite halves.”

This is where we often hear the term “human nature” being used. Humans do not know themselves and are overwhelmed by their unconscious drives to do things that are often destructive and harmful to self and others. Additionally, this could be interpreted to mean that the individual is unaware of his own nature and because of this he projects outside of himself the cause of his problems and solutions. An external locus of control (as in, “they did this to me” and blaming others for life’s circumstances) begins to occur. As the ethnobotanist and philosopher, Terence McKenna, stated once, humans beings are half angel, half pack-hunting killer ape. This could be viewed as the dualistic light versus dark struggle that is so often projected externally by religion as actual deities waging a cosmic war - and, I’m not saying that isn’t true. As above, so below…is the esoteric motto. What happens in the heavens is bound to happen in the hearts of men. Even the oldest myths recount that the gods are no different in their ego drives than mortal man.

A goal of mine for Breakthrough U is to empower you to clearly delineate your principles and your path into the future; not just your future but how your actions will reverberate through eternity.