“Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ Carl Jung
You and I know that thinking positive thoughts won’t guarantee us positive results, but why is that? Why is it that even though we think positive thoughts and we say and do positive things, the results we expect to get are not the same with the results we actually get? Is there something wrong with this positive thinking theory or is it something wrong in the way we apply it?
I have discovered a long time ago that only by facing our own darkness and only by bringing the bad and the ugly on the surface we will be able to go from negative to positive, from unforgiving to forgiving, from unhappy to happy. Only by facing and accepting the bad and the ugly we will be able to heal that side of us that is wounded and thus, it’s still hurting.
Scientists say that 90 to 95% of our lives are controlled by our unconscious mind and only 5 to 10% by our conscious mind. The conscious mind is something we have access to while the unconscious is hidden from us and comes to surface in the most unexpected moments. When we react in ways that are surprising to us, when we get mad over what others are saying or doing, that’s our unconscious at work.
We don’t really KNOW why we get mad or maybe we don’t want to know and because of that, we blame others for triggering in us those nasty feelings.
“The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions.” ~ E Stanley Jones
What does the unconscious mind contain, you might ask? Well, everything, everything we have accumulated within ourselves from birth up until now. Every experience, every interaction, every emotion is now stored both into our conscious and into our unconscious.
“It is only through your conscious mind that you can reach the subconscious. Your conscious mind is the porter at the door, the watchman at the gate. It is to the conscious mind that the subconscious looks for all its impressions.” ~ Robert Collier
We suppressed many of the unpleasant past experiences just because they were hurting so bad, but suppression does not heal, which means that all those experiences might be controlling ourselves and our lives and we might not even know it.
Experiences we remember and experiences we no longer want to remember, they are all stored in our minds,because nothing was lost and nothing is ever lost.
“If our subconscious was attractive, we wouldn’t have to bury it down deep within us.” ~ Doug Coupland
So you see, being happy and living a positive life is not all about looking at the bright side of everything and thinking positive thoughts at all times.
There’s more to it than that and in the next post I will make sure to go deeper into this topic and offer the tools that will help us face and accept the darkness so that we can be able to heal ourselves and our lives. Once healed, the positive thinking will have a very powerful effect on ourselves and the quality of our lives.
Are you working on bringing light into your own darkness? What are some of the tools and techniques that have helped you on this journey? Share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below.
With all my love,
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