Saturday, May 3, 2008

Psychologist Carl Jung believed that all desires have a sacred origin, no matter how odd they may seem. Frustration and ignorance may contort them into distorted caricatures, but it is always possible to locate the divine source from which they arose. In describing one of his addictive patients, Jung said: "His craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst for wholeness, or as expressed in medieval language: the union with God."

Therapist James Hillman echoes the theme: "Psychology regards all symptoms to be expressing the right thing in the wrong way." A preoccupation with porn or romance novels, for instance, may come to dominate a passionate person whose quest for love has degenerated into an obsession with images of love. "Follow the lead of your symptoms," Hillman suggests, "for there's usually a myth in the mess, and a mess is an expression of soul."

My hippie horoscope hero makes the long-neglected Blogroll Quote of the Week tag again because Carl Jung is the man of psychology, in my humble opinion; Freud was jus' jellus of Carl's stylings. And because I want to share this week's "Sacred Advertisement" that came with my horoscope this week. It touches on a profound truth. And I loveloveLOVE Hillman's phrase "myth in the mess."

Now I must go back to unraveling the myth in my apartment's mess, which includes about 5 loads of laundry ... and later, two, yes TWO, dreaded quizzes due by midnight, blech!

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