Wisdom From the Journey of Discovery

alex atkins bookshelf quotations[The] best of truths is of no use — as history has shown a thousand times — unless it has become the individual’s most personal inner experience. Every equivocal, so-called “clear” answer mostly remains in the head and only finds its way down to the heart in the very rarest cases. Our need is not to “know” the truth, but to experience it. The great problem is not to have an intellectual view of things, but to find the way to the inner, perhaps inexpressible, irrational experience… It is the duty of everyone who takes a solitary path to share with society what he finds on the journey of discovery.

Swiss psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) who founded analytical psychology. One of the main principles of analytical psychology is individuation — the lifelong process of self-realization (specifically, the discovery and experience of one’s meaning and purpose in life), that results from the distillation of the personal and collective unconscious (the unconscious experienced by every human being). Many of the concepts of analytical psychology extend well beyond the field of psychology to other fields: anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and theology.

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