Nature of Psychosis

“If man thinks along the lines of nature, he thinks properly” Carl Jung

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Lecture to Clergymen:

“[People forget] that certain patients confession are even hard for a doctor to swallow. Yet the patient does not feel himself accepted unless the very worst in him is accepted too. No one can bring this about by mere words. It come only thru reflection. and thru the doctor’s attitude towards himself and his own dark side. If a doctor wants to guide another, or even accompany him a step along the way he must feel that person’s psyche.

He never feels it when he passes judgement, whether he puts his judgements into words or keeps it to himself makes not the slightest difference. 

To take the opposite position, or agree with the patient offhand is also of no use, feeling comes only thru unprejudiced objectivity (this sounds almost like a scientific precept) and it could be confused with a purely intellectual abstract state of mind but what I mean is something quite different,, it is a human quality, a kind of deep respect for the facts, for the man who suffers from them, and for the riddle of the man’s life

The truly religious person has this attitude, he knows that God has brought all sorts of strange and inconceivable to pass and seeks in  the most curious ways to enter a man’s heart. He therefore senses the inconceivable presence of the  Divine Will, this is what I mean by unprejudiced objectivity. It is a moral achievement on the part of the doctor who ought not to be repelled by sickness and corruption. 

We cannot change anything unless we accept it, condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. I am the oppressor of the person I condemn, not his friend and fellow sufferer. I do not in the least need to say that we must never pass judgement when we desire to help and improve. But if a doctor wishes to help a human being, he must be able to accept him as he is, and he can do this in reality only when he has already seen and accepted himself as he is.

Perhaps this sounds very simple, but simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life it requires the greatest art to be simple, and so acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the acid test of one’s whole outlook on life. That I feed the beggar, that i’be forgiven himself, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ, all these are undoubtedly great virtues, what I do unto the least of my brethren that I do unto unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all, the poorest of all beggars, the most impotent of all offenders yeah the very fiend himself, that these are within me, and I myself stand in need of my own kindness, that I myself am the enemy of the most beloved, what then?

Then as a rule the whole truth of Christianity is reversed, there is then no more talk of love and long suffering, we say to the brother within us Racka and condemn and rage against ourselves, we hide him from the world, we deny ever having met this least among the lonely in ourselves  and had it been God himself who drew near to us in this despicable form we shall deny have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.

Healing may be called Yung says a religious problem.,in the sphere of social or national relations In the state of suffering may be civil war and this state is to be cured by the Christian virtue of forgiveness and love of one’s enemies. That which we recommend with the conviction of good Christians is applicable to external situations, we must also apply inwardly in the treatment of neurosis.

This is why modern man has heard enough about guilt and sin, he is solely beset by his own bad conscience and once beset and want to know how he can reconcile himself with his own nature, how he is to love the enemy in himself and call the wolf his brother. The modern man does not want to know in what way he can imitate Christ  but in what way he can live his own life, however meegar and uninteresting it may be.

Because it seems to him any form of imitation seems to him deadening and sterile, that he rebels against the force of tradition that would hold him to well trodden ways. All such roads for him lead in the wrong direction. He may not know it, but he behaves as though his life were God’s special will which must be fulfilled at all costs. This is the source of egoism, which in the neurotic [or fixated[ state is the source of all evil.

Anyone who tells him he is too egoistic has already lost his confidence, and righty so, for that person has driven him still further into his neurosis.If I wish to affect a cure for my patients i need to acknowledge the deep significance of their egoism [ego fixation]. I should be blind indeed that I should not recognize it as a true will of God [that it’s for their learning] I must even encourage the patient to prevail in his egoism, because if he succeeds in this he estranges himself from other people, he drives them away, and they come to themselves as they should, for they were seeking to rob him of his sacred egoism. 

This must be left to him [as each is responsible for their own evolution] for it is his strongest and healthiest power, it is as I said a true will of God which sometimes drives them into complete isolation. However wreached this state may be it also stands him in good stead because in this way alone can he get to know himself and learn what a valuable treasure is the love of his human beings. It is moreover only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we can experience the helpful powers of our own natures.

When one has several times observed this development at work one can no longer deny that what was evil has turned to good and what seemed good has kept the evil alive the forces of evil. The arch demon of egoism leads us along the royal road to that ingathering which religious experience denies. 

What we observe here is the fundamental law of life, a conversion into the opposite [as per the law of cycles], and this is what makes possible the reunion of the waring halves of the personality and thereby brings the civil war to an end.” 

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