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The Power of Relationships

Not all relationships are romantic of course. Friendships and the collaborations that arise can be just as powerful in their ability to transform and evolve the people involved and for those effects to ripple out into the people and places outside of them.

This is a heartwarming story of two people in China who have built a powerful team to express their lives and their purpose in life. A blind man and a double amputee work together to plant trees. The world is full of such inspiring stories and I wanted to being this to your attention.

Amazing Story

The story ends with a Greek proverb: ” Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Except that I have little doubt that on many levels, they will sit in that shade – both in metaphor and reality.

Bro – Its All Over Now

Bromance – a deep relationship between two hetrosexual men – and Time magazine has this phenomenon in their sights in this article.

Magazine writers are always casting around for new subjects and what’s better than a new trend and one with some worrying implications? The dating pool is shrinking!

The central idea is that hetrosexual men are becoming more involved in deep relationships with other men and they find these relationships are more satisfying than their romantic relationships with women. You have to be careful to believe too much of analyses such as these. There’s a lot of noise out there. But I think this piece brings up some important points worth considering. Almost nothing is more central to our evolution and lives than human relationships. In the potent brew of human relationships that we all stew in, nothing beats romantic ones for evolution, joy and heartache. They’re complicated. Everyone knows this. If you don’t, you’re missing the best part!

So men are more comfortable in close relationships with other men? Hmmm. So this is good news and bad news, if it’s true. But what is truth? Do we have to hear a report on CNN that 52% of men from ages 20 to 38 prefer their deep relationships with other men to those with women? I just made that up. Statistics can reveal truth, but the truth lies within each one of us – the individual. Regardless of the stats, this article points to a bigger truth that is worth exploring.

Relationships are monstrously important to our lives and to our evolution – all relationships, but probably none are more important or even as important as our romantic ones, because those push all our buttons and often loop back into our earliest relationships with our parents. Whew.

Really? Do we have to dig that deep to figure out our romantic relationships? ‘Fraid so I think. It’s been true for me.

“Men are all just inconsiderate, selfish jerks!” ” Woman are all the same – they just want to control you.” Yada. Yada. Yada. Romance starts off being the magic carpet ride of love and then not so much in many cases. Why?

I used to love her (him), but its all over now.

 

Let it be known that I am not cynical…not one little bit…except about politics. About love? Romantic love – not an atom of cynicism.

I find it impossible to see problems in a relationship without acknowledging at least some of my role in those problems. I’m equally certain I underestimate my part in the messiness. I don’t sit on the mountain knowing it all, but I can often see how I might be contributing to the problems and how couldn’t I be? I’m half of the couple.

As in most things psychological, Carl Jung has much to say about all this and I’ve found that a great analysis from this Jungian perspective comes from  Robert A. Johnson, a writer and Jungian analyst. He’s written and number of books and they all have value, but three in particular are important here –

Johnson points out the role of romantic love in Western culture. Love and marriage are seen differently in other cultures and the role of romance in Western culture changed and came into it’s present form with the troubadours and led to the idea of romance that we see in stories like Romeo and Julliette – the idea of a soulful union of man and woman that transcends our everyday existence.

But our modern Western society is the only culture in history that has experienced romantic love as a mass phenomenon. We are the only society that makes romance the basis of our marriages and love relationships and the cultural ideal of “true love.”

The ideal of romantic love burst into Western society during the Middle Ages. It first appeared in our literature in the myth of Tristan and Iseult, then in the love poems and songs of the troubadours. It was called “courtly love”; its model was the brave knight who worshiped a fair lady as his inspiration, the symbol of all beauty and perfection, the ideal that moved him to be noble, spiritual, refined, and high-minded. In our time we have mixed courtly love into our sexual relationships and marriages, but we still hold the medieval belief that true love has to be the ecstatic adoration of a man or woman who carries, for us, the image of perfection.

Johnson, Robert A.. We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love (Kindle Locations 105-111). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Johnson goes on to explain what a heavy burden we place on our romance and on our romantic partners. In this book, “We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love”, he uses the original myth of Tristan and Iseult that was really the template of this view of romantic love that we have woven into our lives. Popular culture lives and breathes this stuff in songs, movies, books and our unexamined expectations.

For many, myths are just ancient stories or fables that don’t mean much in our modern lives. The opposite is true. These myths exist across cultures and time, and are just as active today as they were hundreds of years ago. We just don’t realize it. It’s too easy to believe these are modern times and we’ve moved beyond silly old stories. But these myths speak to our deep longings and needs, our concerns, fears, and hopes. Each one of us is shaped by these myths. These myths are very much alive within our culture and within each of us. Again, the task is to become aware of these facts in a personal way so that we can become more aware of our thinking and emotions.

Carl Jung has shown us that when a great psychological phenomenon suddenly appears in the life of an individual, it represents a tremendous unconscious potential that is rising to the level of consciousness. The same is true for a culture. At a certain point in the history of a people, a new possibility bursts out of the collective unconscious; it is a new idea, a new belief, a new value, or a new way of looking at the universe. It represents a potential good if it can be integrated into consciousness, but at first it is overwhelming, even destructive.

Romantic love is one of these truly overwhelming psychological phenomena that have appeared in Western history. It has overwhelmed our collective psyche and permanently altered our view of the world. As a society, we have not yet learned to handle the tremendous power of romantic love. We turn it into tragedy and alienation more often than into enduring human relationships.

Johnson, Robert A.. We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love (Kindle Locations 111-118). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

So it doesn’t surprise me that some men are retreating from romance with women. Romantic relationships are changing and it can be harder to find people willing to commit to a longer term relationship. Too many people have been too disappointed and in this book,We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love” Johnson tells us why disappointment and pain in romance is almost inevitable, unless and until we become more aware of our expectations in romance and work to integrate them with a realistic view of our all too human selves and partners. We have nothing to lose and the potential for a fulfilling and lasting romantic relationship to gain.

It’s great if men are finding more satisfaction with their friendships with other men, but I think a heterosexual man has much more to learn and evolve when he’s in a deep relationship with a woman. He’ll learn more about women of course, but he’ll also learn much more about himself and that will all serve his evolution. And it’ll be more fun, with the pain and heartache along for the ride at times – all part of the trip.

I’ll be writing a lot more about myth and gender since they’re so central to our psychology and to our evolution, but this is a good start. You cannot go wrong plunging into these three books. Romance and love call, but it helps to know the message more deeply. These books are a great start – practical and poetic – like romantic love.

 

 

Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, and Messy Evolution

By now you have almost certainly heard of the sexual bullying that Louis C.K., a comedian, carried out and has admitted to, over many years. His actions are rightly being condemned and his career, at least in the short term, is over. The revelations followed those of Harvey Weinstein, a movie producer and Hollywood power broker and executive who used his power and influence in grotesque demonstrations of emotional and psychological violence by means of sexual domination of younger and less powerful women, whom he could help or potentially damage in their profession.

Weinstein’s behavior over decades being brought to the light of public awareness, has led to the Weinstein effect. When a man as wealthy and powerful as he is, or was, has been called out by numerous people who suffered at his imperious heel, the floodgates have opened – not a moment too soon.

This is a major turning point for our culture and its evolution. Sarah Silverman gets this and I really appreciated what she has to say on this. She knows Louis C.K. as a friend and colleague, so she is even more disturbed by his behavior, but she sees the bigger picture and in this brief video, she nails it for me.

I love this. Humane. Human. Wise. Brave.

As I commented elsewhere on the web:

What an intelligent response from Silverman. This is like messy surgery to remove the tumor of bullying and entitlement. A nuanced approach is what’s called for and Silverman is apparently advocating that. C.K.’s behavior was disgusting and wrong, but he’s a complicated human being as are we all. He was operating in a culture that often allows money and power, often in the hands of men, to permit and silently sanction such behavior. Louis C.K. needs help and he could do a lot to improve our culture by speaking out to his problems and the culture that permitted him to indulge in them.

Weinstein was on another level entirely. He was the king of toxic in the toxic culture of money, fame and power that is the entertainment industry. He deserves to be eviscerated professionally and financially. We have to learn and move on to bring more transparency and respect to our culture and this is an important step in the process – to reveal how some people act against people who are scared and manipulated to remain silent.

Evolution is messy – Sarah Silverman gets that.

Almost nothing is messier than sex and gender – two of the great drivers of our personal and our social evolution. This messiness points to that dark forest – the one that each one of us, and our culture, must see in order to evolve and heal. I keep hammering on Jung, because his ideas are so central to my own. He understands and explains this better than anyone. He absolutely stressed the necessity for each one us to make the unconscious, conscious. If we do not, we will just stumble onward in ignorance and pain, and curse our fate. Bringing light to the darkness is just as important to societies and cultures. We are in the early stages of this with the Weinstein effect. It is not easy or painless, but it is not optional. The only choice we have is how long and how hard we might try to resist or ignore this evolutionary imperative.

I’m going to be writing lots about gender and sex, since they will continue to dominate so much of our lives and our evolution.

In the meantime – Sarah – thank you – great stuff.

The Dark Forest

Come

 

To the dark forest.

 

The dark forest calls

It beckons from within

Thinking is not your guide

Thinking is the tool of emotions

Emotions rule in the dark forest

Light is to be found in the dark forest

Listen

Watch

Feel

You cannot imagine the dark forest

You must experience it

The dark forest experiences you

Your path is your own

It knows you

It calls to you

It is you

To deny the dark forest

Is to deny yourself

You cannot enter the dark forest

You cannot leave the dark forest

You are already here

You look for yourself here

Know the dark forest

See the darkness

Transform it.

Transcend it.

Find yourself

Know yourself.

In the darkness

And in the light.

Bold New Art for Turbulent Times

Psychological and spiritual problems are everywhere – at all ages. It’s all part of the times we are going through. Major changes in society and within individuals. My last post was on Comfortably Numb , which is an attempt to avoid and cover up the pain.

I’ve just learned of an artist who was confronting his own pain head on, as he explored it in his music. Lil Peep was just 21 when he passed yesterday from an apparent overdose. Esquire magazine has a nice piece on him, which I am sure will raise people’s awareness of him outside of his normal audience. This is how I found out about the artist.

GQ magazine also wrote a piece on Lil Peep in August of this year. They saw him as the next step in rap evolution. Obviously there is more to this than one artist, but it’s good to see focus on real evolution.

Lil Peep is being hailed as a new rap artist who is exploring deeper emotions than usually found in popular music. His death is clearly a loss, but I am sure that we will see much more exploration of these deeper issues in music in the future. People are in pain and comfortably numb is not working.

Our modern western society often considers emotions and pain to be self-indulgent and unnecessary. Work hard. Think positive. Get over it. Self-indulgence is always possible with any emotion, but emotions are central to our lives. Emotions are teachers and guides for our lives and they cannot be ignored without paying a huge price. I see this as all part of our accelerating evolution right now. It is only going to intensify and we will get and need more artists like Lil Peep.

Comfortably Numb but the Dream Never Goes Away

Nothing moves me more than music. Pink Floyd has remained one of my favorite bands.

Comfortably Numb is a great song and too often it’s the aim of people in modern societies. And there are more businesses dedicated to this goal  than you could ever count. This is not a new development in the world, but it is being developed into a fine art with all of the distractions we have now.

Bread and circuses was the term used as far back as 100 AD to describe how a population could be distracted from more important concerns to permit politicians to rise to power. I think it has a much wider applicability to our lives in general. Some people value political engagement, while I am more concerned about soul engagement. Soul engagement is exploring within yourself to become more – become the whole person that lies within, as an oak tree is in the acorn.

Comfortably numb blunts that life force within. For me the song speaks to the sleep that so many of us are in, and often seek, away from the call of our souls – the voice within each one of us.

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again
Relax
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

Okay
Just a little pinprick
There’ll be no more, ah
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb

Written by David Jon Gilmour, Roger Waters • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Imagem Music Inc

So the second last line is “The dream is gone”. But here Gilmour and Waters are speaking of the ego’s dream – the dream for the fancy car, or the big house, or the romantic relationship, or the comfortable retirement. That dream often does go amid disappointment and cynicism, but that is just a superficial dream. It can have value and bring satisfaction, but unless it is attached to the deeper meaning that comes from our soul, that dream is empty and it is easily lost because it doesn’t have the firm base beneath it.

Dreams can never “go away”, because they come from a much deeper place within us – our unconscious. Dreams are always speaking to us about what we want and need deep down within us. I think the beauty of this song is that it does point to this depth within us. The song is like a myth or a dream – it speaks a much deeper truth than one might think until one sits with it for a while. Comfortably numb is not the goal of life. It is the band aid that cannot hope to heal the wound. Dreams can heal that wound, but that requires work – individuation – personal evolution.

Are You a Scanner?

As a certified scanner I just came across a new term – “scanner”. Better late than never. And we all know that labeling people is just “wrong”. Or is it? But we label things all the time. That’s a girl. That’s a table. That’s my pet monkey. You just don’t want to use a label to create rigid boundaries. The girl can play hockey and grow up to be an engineer. You can sit on the table. And if I had a pet monkey, I’d teach it to play fetch.

Here is the author Barbara Sher talking about the scanner personality feature. She has written several books on the personality feature. I think of it as a predisposition or a mental approach to the outer world. Some people are the opposite of a scanner – they naturally focus on a narrow field and enjoy becoming an expert in that area. The world needs both types at the extreme and as in all aspects of humanity there is a range – tall people, short people, and everything in between. Everyone’s approach has value, to themselves and to others.

 

I just ran across this term “scanner” today, because I am a scanner. A hat tip to Marta at Climbing the Cliff blog. Her post on scanners enlightened me. She blends this insight into the INFP personality type that comes from MBTI – standing for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It’s a system to examine a person’s personality or approach to their environment based on four criteria. I’ll be talking about it more in the future – another way to understand yourself and others.

I identify strongly with this idea of a scanner. I’m interested in almost everything. I find it hard to focus on one subject. I don’t have attention deficit disorder. I was able to focus in school, but I can get pretty bored with a subject once I have exhausted it’s novelty for me – I’m always looking for more and deeper. Overall I’m not capable of being bored. I have hundreds of books and at any one time I’m often reading about ten. I’ll be reading a book that refers to another related book and I’ll chase after that rabbit trail and often read the two books together, along with others. It sounds more chaotic than it is – I’m used to it and I find most books don’t hold my interest for the entire book. It’s not unusual for a book to have a few really important ideas and then they just bang on those for the rest of the book. So I might read half the book and then stop. I may return to it or not. And there are lots of books I keep returning to because they are so complex, deep and interesting that I can never be bored by them.

Sher talks about an inability for scanners to settle down within a single subject or area. At one time that was true for me. I certainly saw an arc in my thinking and my exploring, but the focus was not there. There were a number of ideas that I kept circling back to, even years after first coming upon them, but from the outside my approach seemed pretty unfocused.

That has changed, and it was another scanner who revealed my focus to myself – Carl Jung. Jung was interested in more subjects than most people could possibly juggle in a lifetime and he went deeply into all of them. But he realized his focus early on in his life – depth psychology and the process of individuation – the process of a person becoming whole. I see the process of individuation as ultimately the process of the evolution of each one of us. Here I am in my scanner mode – making this post more complex as I tie other things in…sigh. But I cannot look at a subject without seeing the connections to many other subjects. I want to understand the biggest picture that I can.

But I have come to a focus. It’s like my decades of scanning finally brought me to my central focus and here I am. Like Jung, I will always be a scanner, who is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that is relate-able to my core ideas and purpose. Steve Jobs was also a scanner – a dropout who hung around his old college studying calligraphy of all things. That went into the computers he developed and his eclectic approach shaped the entire computer industry. Jobs was no single minded computer geek – he was interested in too many other things to hold just to that side of the business. Jobs and Jung did develop a deep focus, but they used their scanner approach in service to that focus.

The video above, by Barbara Sher is a good introduction to her ideas, but I can’t say that I completely agree. At one point she implies that the scanner mode is creative in a way that the non-scanner mode may not be. I understand why she is saying that. She is sensitive that our culture worships the idea of focusing and not the more eclectic approach that appeals to us scanners. “Put away those distractions and get to work!” Much of the misery of school when you are a young is the emphasis on “hard work” focusing on a single task. That works for some people, and I was able to cope with it, but for many scanners they really don’t like to work like that. And those people can be made to feel stupid or lazy, despite being very intelligent and creative. But a focuser can be just as creative as a scanner. It would be tough to be an accomplished artist in any field, if you can’t focus to develop your skills and your craft in service to your art.

I now consider myself to be a scanning focuser – haha. I have found my focus, thanks to Carl Jung, and yet I must continue to scan, as he did. You may be a scanner like I was (and didn’t know it until recently) – a scanner looking for a focus. You may find it, or not – don’t worry – the journey is the destination. As Steve Jobs said: “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

So maybe you too are a scanner or perhaps you’re a “focuser”. Whatever you are, embrace it, use it, grow it, grow beyond it.

 

 

 

Social Evolution is Often Driven by Social Radicals

Evolution can only happen when the established order is upset – at least a bit. At times the established order is blown up in some way and often that comes about from the actions and ideas of a single person. No one can have this effect without the society being ready for it, but a single person can light the fuse.

I maintain that the biggest part of human evolution happens within the individual, but you can’t ignore social evolution. Social evolution supports individual evolution and it’s the evolution of the individual that leads to social evolution.

Radicals are people who don’t accept the current social order or structure. These radicals don’t always have a positive effect in the short run, but they’re essential to social evolution. I’m not speaking of political radicals here – politics is usually a fight for power and control. Those elements of politics work against evolution, at least in the short run. I am speaking of social radicals.

Martin Luther was such a radical. He precipitated the fracture of the Church, away from the central control inherent in Roman Catholicism. I’m no expert on the man and reading Wikipedia, he certainly had some ideas that were far removed from liberal and loving, from our current perspective, but he was born over five hundred years ago – times change. Regardless. He was a remarkable man.

I ran across an article about him in the New Yorker magazine – How Martin Luther Changed the World. He was a controversial figure and still is, but he helped to catalyze a massive change in the world. It was inevitable that human evolution would fracture the power of the church and we see that continuing today. Fewer people today identify with any institutional church or religion, yet many people seek a spiritual path in their life. Martin Luther helped this process that serves our individual natures (and evolution) better than a large institution. In his day, there was no institution bigger than the Roman Catholic Church. He took them on directly and fearlessly as a priest, monk, scholar and writer.

The invention of the printing press, around 1440, was a radical development, leading to a massive jump in our evolution. Luther was a bit of a scribe – according to this article, one third of the books printed in Germany in the first half of the 16th century were his. He was an early media star and his ideas and his writing skills obviously resonated. Some say that he helped to launch the modern age by speaking truth to power and helping to dismantle the overreaching power of the Church, as a person who brought his ideas to a wide audience.

How Martin Luther Changed the World is a fascinating piece about a person I really didn’t know much about. He was undoubtedly a complex person, but evolved enormously during his life. He criticized the practice of priests not marrying and found no references in the bible to require it. He want on to marry and to have six children. Luther comes across as a man open to his own evolution. In this article, Joan Acocella writes:

When he writes to a friend, soon after his marriage, of what it is like to lie in a dry bed after years of sleeping on a pile of damp, mildewed straw, and when, elsewhere, he speaks of the surprise of turning over in bed and seeing a pair of pigtails on the pillow next to his, your heart softens toward this dyspeptic man. More important, he began to take women seriously. He objects, in a lecture, to coitus interruptus, the most common form of birth control at the time, on the ground that it is frustrating for women. When he was away from home, he wrote Käthe affectionate letters, with such salutations as “Most holy Frau Doctor” and “To the hands and feet of my dear housewife.”

So here is a man who, early in his life, took vows to remain celibate, and later became concerned about the sexual satisfaction of his wife. That is an inspiring piece of individual evolution. This is all part of our deep evolution. I support the radicals in our midst, who see a better way, and move toward that without violence, but with ideas and actions. I think it’s important to understand and appreciate the pioneering people who have come before us – the ones who have helped to open the doors for our own evolution. I think they can inspire us to advance our own evolution and that of our culture and society.

 

Please note – The New Yorker Magazine is a wonderful source of intelligent writing – it requires a paid subscription to access all of it’s content, but it does provide for a number of free articles before you have to subscribe. I have taken the plunge myself. I am not paid by them or by anyone. Evolution and individuation are their own reward.

The Bigger Meaning of Life

I’ve been exploring the meaning of life here at mashupsoup.com but I want to refocus my efforts. I’m torn between writing deeper pieces and alternatively, to post news, ideas, and reviews with shorter comments as well. Those two things don’t mix well in a single blog.

So I’ve decided to have two blogs on my central theme – the bigger meaning of life. I consider it to be the biggest meaning of life, but for now I’ll leave some room for…expansion. I can’t rule out that there is something bigger, but for now, I think this is the biggest meaning of life.

I believe that the bigger meaning of life is what I like to call, deep evolution. This is an evolution that goes way beyond Darwinian or Neo-Darwinian ideas about evolution. This deep evolution operates at numerous levels from the cells and the DNA in our bodies, all the way up to humanity, as a whole. Deep evolution works on culture, technology, knowledge, human institutions, gender, and many other areas. There is tremendous overlap and synergy as, for instance, technology, culture and gender evolve and affect one another in a big mashup to help drive the evolution of humanity. Some factors are bigger than others, but it’s impossible to separate any single factor. It’s a mashup!

But the biggest and most important site for this deep evolution? The individual. Each one of us is a unique mixture of ideas, talents, experiences, intentions, shadow aspects, gender and more factors that we could ever count. All those parts are expanding in complexity and number. Look at gender – at one time male and female defined the category. Now? Gender is a much bigger category – certain to get bigger with subtler and more fluid boundaries.

Change happens in two ways – trends and cycles. Some things come and go. Color schemes come and go out of fashion. I don’t miss dusty rose and dove grey from the eighties, but they might come back. Shudder. Alert – I have noticed a light pale pink showing up at Ikea. But the increasing complexity, richness, and yes, messiness of life, is a trend that I only see continuing and accelerating. There is no going back. Pockets of society may, and certainly individuals can try to go back and resist change for a while, but, we are witnessing the evolution of humanity, as has never been seen before.

I’m not trying to convince anyone with this short piece – or even with my two blogs. Right now, I want to set out my thinking and the basis for my blogs. My two blogs will expand on my ideas and no doubt those ideas will evolve as the world and I evolve. I invite you to join me in evolution, as we all pursue the bigger meaning of life, in our own personal way. I am writing and exploring at my blog because I want to encourage our conscious evolution.

Ultimately, I see the evolution of humanity and the evolution of each one us as being inevitable – we are all living in an age that is demanding our evolution. Not so long ago, life and culture changed slowly and generations of people lived much of their life as their parents had. Now we have no choice – we are all forced to adapt and evolve. I think this evolution is a good thing. I believe that deep down, each one of us has a soul that is calling us to evolve and express our self in a unique way. After all, I see evolution as the meaning of life – the purpose of life. So I embrace my personal evolution, as well as that of my fellow humans and humanity as a whole. Making our evolution more conscious will only be good for us all.

The evolution of the individual – each one of us – is both the biggest driver of human evolution, and its most obvious manifestation. This personal evolution is intimately involved with human psychology and I credit Carl Jung as my greatest teacher in this. Carl Jung was a profound thinker who explored the depths of the human psyche. He and his students, and those he has inspired, have explored the human psyche and its evolution in a more profound way than any individual or school has before or since. I will be exploring many of Jung’s ideas and those developed further by those he taught and inspired. I’ll be exploring many ideas and many people on my two blogs, but so far, I’ve not found anyone more inspiring, more original, more deep thinking, yet more practical, than Jung. He is the sort of genius who only comes along very rarely. He has already had a profound effect on psychology and human culture, and with our ongoing and accelerating evolution, I only see his contributions and legacy continuing and expanding.

Jung, above all, saw that each one of us is on a special journey of personal evolution that he called individuation. Jung held that the individual’s personal journey in this, was her or his own. Most, if not all, of his psychology was in support of this personal journey of individuation, because that is how humanity will evolve. Of course, our personal journey of evolution is supported by society as it too evolves. The evolution of gender in western society has supported the evolution of individuals within that society as people find it easier to pursue their personal concept of their gender role. In that, each one of us is liberated in our pursuit of our deepest desires and goals, and in that, we evolve. In turn, that personal evolution supports the social changes, in accelerating waves of evolution. For me, Jung holds a special place in all this deep evolution and I will be writing about him and his ideas more than most.

Individuation is not the whole of our individual evolution, but I consider it to be the deepest aspect of our personal evolution. It carries with it the most profound effects and value to our lives. Each one us evolves personally in many ways, with our education (formal and most valuably, otherwise), our relationships, our work, our leisure, and many other factors. Our personal evolution over our lifetime is multi-layered. But at the core of our selves is the potential for individuation as Jung set out. I am no expert on that process, but I am committed to a journey of first hand experience and I have begun that.

Ok – I think it’s time to bring this to a close. I just wanted to set out my central idea and the territory – essentially, everything, because everything is connected – but everything from the perspective of deep evolution. Our human evolution includes every aspect of our lives. I think that observing this world and our own lives through the lens of deep evolution puts things in a perspective that is most helpful to support our life. As I’ve developed these ideas over the past almost two years, I have found that this deep evolution view allows me to better understand the world, my place in it, and better understand the events in the world, as well as in my own life. Both my life and the world makes a lot more sense to me with this deep evolution perspective.

I’ll be exploring this deep evolution – the bigger meaning of life in two blogs. And making our evolution more conscious in support of this bigger meaning of life.

Mashupsoup.com will look at the issues more broadly with shorter pieces. Often those posts will be comments on current events or interesting writing and ideas that I come across.

I like to consider this to be mashup soup for the soul and its evolution.

Soulsbuffet.com will look at the central issues in my concept of deep evolution in greater depth – longer pieces.

I am using the term “soul” to be our highest self or the core of our being.

In these two blogs, I want to further develop and explore the idea of this deep evolution. I also want to encourage people to consider these ideas and most of all, I want to stimulate your own evolution in the way that best serves you. I’ll be writing about personal, as well as social evolution, but again, our own personal evolution – individuation – is, for me, the most important aspect of deep evolution. Biological evolution operates most fundamentally at the level of the cell and human social evolution operates most fundamentally at the level of the individual.

It all adds up to deep evolution – the bigger meaning of life.

Where you are is what you were.

This is a thought that popped into my head today. Thank you universe. It is a riff on the ideas of Abraham-Hicks.

Esther Hicks is a channeler who speaks wisdom gained from outside of herself. I think we all do that. She speaks for guides who she says reside in the non-physical.

Who cares. If I read wisdom on the back of cereal boxes, it would still be wisdom. The source does not matter.

So, “where you are is what you were.” This is a metaphysical and psychological brute fact. Where you are at any point in your life comes as a result of the person you were in the past – the things you did in the past – the thoughts you entertained and focused on in the past.

We all tend to focus on our lives in the present and woe is us – or I guess, woe are us. Why can’t things change? Why can’t we find love. Why can’t we find more satisfaction in our life. Why can’t we make more money to be more comfortable? Why can’t we be healthier?

Abraham-Hicks reminds us that we must focus on our desires and intentions without focusing on our immediate reality. Focusing on what is, simply reinforces the thoughts and actions of our past that led up to these conditions that we are wanting to change. It does not help us to evolve.

I’ll be speaking much more of this, but I wanted to get this out there.

“Where you are is what you were.” Sit with that. And then think something different.

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