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"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." ~ Carl Jung
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"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."

I would be interested in what you think about the meaning of "making the darkness conscious".

Is this about going to the dark places, facing the fear and shining your own light into the murky corners to overcome that dread? So, instead of looking for angels to guide and protect, look the devil right in the eye and have faith that you'll come to no harm. By virtue of your own soul.
There is a book I bought in 1993 called Mysteries of the Dark Moon by Demetra George. It became one of the most invaluable books on Paganism and Divine Archetype I've ever read. The idea behind it is, a person, culture, nation, world, must get in touch with and embrace the darkness, which is not evil; rather, it is the expression of what we have not yet accepted as a truth about ourselves. If we deny its existence, the darkness will persist and eventually pervert from its insistence to be known. That is where the "evil" comes in. We twist the most important half of us into a demonised role and then lament that demons haunt us. You should feel more at home in the darkness than you do in the light. It's the dark that allows us to sleep and dream, which are hallmarks of the creative mind. It's in the dark we find the deep quiet that allows us to communicate with god. It is in the dark of the womb where we prepare ourselves to go out into the light and do our damnedest, and it's in the dark of the tomb we are finally able to truly rest from the world weariness.

Your take on making the darkness conscious communicates that very well. I'm in awe. :)
Thanks for that clarification. I was on the right track. That's so reassuring, you have no idea. I'll be sending you a love letter soon. I wish you lived closer. Or I lived closer to you or .... you get the idea. We could kill several bottles of wine, burn lots of candles, listen to good tunes and talk until the morning breaks .... I swear. Peace dear sister.