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Monday, January 23, 2012

How Much of You is in Hiding?



You may have heard of the persona, a term used by Jung to refer to the part of the self that we show our audience, that we show the public, that is the part of ourselves that we feel free to show others. It might be called our social mask. In fact, the use of the word 'free' in this context, is somewhat misleading, because the whole point of Jung describing the persona as he did, was to illustrate the fact that that which we show others is often a mask (hence the term persona, deriving from Latin, Etruscan and Greek theater use), either because
  • we do not really know the part of ourselves that we are not showing
  • and/or we do not feel free to show that other part to the world
As you can imagine, this is a real dilemma for everyday life. An extreme example might be the minister or doctor who shows a face of respectability to his congregation or patients, an intransigent face if any of his moral precepts or medical diagnoses are questioned, and who hides his other side that is abusing his wife and children, or spends nights in clubs drinking and taking drugs.

A slightly more close to home example, might be the housewife who puts on a face of devotion and hard work to her husband and family, but who secretly yearns to travel to India and spend three months in an ashram. Or the businessman who works conscientiously and stoicly in his mid-level office, but who stares out the window and wishes for a world out on the land, living close to nature, and in direct daily contact with animals.

Between the above examples are as many variations as you can imagine, and the dilemma lies in the fact that the persona and the other part of the individual have not been able to meet. Whatever the example, in all cases, the person feels miserable. They may feel as if they were in handcuffs, as if the restrictions of their everyday life were simply too much to bear, because there is no balance with the other, unlived part, or they mayy restrict themselves so much on the one side (as in the case of the minister) that the unlived part comes out in unhealthy ways that may ultimately be the professional and personal undoing of that person.

While the topic of the persona is immense and profoundly enriching if taken on in the Jungian process of individuation (becoming more of that which you really are, and becoming so consciously), the point I wanted to leave you with in today's very brief piece, is that one of the most productive ways you can begin to bring the parts of you that are hidden into the light, is by becoming conscious; becoming aware of yourself on a day-by-day and hour-by-hour basis. Really looking at yourself, questioning yourself , and then taking on responsibility for yourself in all senses of the word. That is the beginning and if you really do that, things will begin to change.

For much more about living consciously, about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, how you react to others and how you love yourself, as well as about choosing to seek your inner well-being above all, in order that you may have a ripple effect on all those who come in contact with you, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

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A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom & joy but illuminates the way to true human potential. Dr. Kortsch is a spiritual master for our time. Paul Rademacher, Executive Director, The Monroe Institute; author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"The instruction manual on rewiring the soul. An in-depth guide on life, love, spiritual evolution & our integration within the universe." Michael Habernig & April Hannah; Producers: The Path- The Afterlife & The Path 11 Documentaries

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself

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