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Archetypes and Possession – The Death of Self.

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Overwhelmed by the unconscious

I found this amazing tree on the beach at Pattaya, Thailand.  It appears as if the tree had drunk once too often in the waters of the unconscious and in doing so, has lost its sense of self, its will to live. In the realm of psychoanalysis, one is tempted to explore too intensely the unconscious. The attraction of the realm that ultimately belongs to the gods of the underworld, is cloaked in the mystery of fantasy places and figures. One is tempted to drink their water, to join in their heroic interplay and if possible, become a godling. One risks possession by archetype, by the primordial  energies that know no boundaries between right or wrong. All is one, all is none.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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  1. Dear Robert,
    Although this Post is short, it could fill diaries of notes for study.
    For instance, crudely, one way : “the boundaries between right or wrong”, are only accounted for in the life of our society with our consciousness to consider what is right and what is wrong.
    And then : “All is one, all is none” comparing the conscious with the unconscious, with no existence of right or wrong.

    To confront life of our society with no existence of right or wrong, probably makes psychopaths of us.
    To enter the unconscious with our considerations of what is right and what is wrong, probably at least makes neurotics of us.

    This maybe could shed some light on the question of Dr. Urspo in your former Post of : “WHY”.
    Unfortunately, the Why I am not able to answer dear Doctor – I only know that the forks on the road can supply me with “some” information of my WHY, when I am to approach the matter conscious.
    During my life all of these “some” added up – the real answer of Origin of the WHY I will never solve – but because of the forks on the road I noticed that I could become a little more aware of who I am – in a balanced way.
    In my life I never experienced other “roads” that brought self awareness.

    Opa Bear

    January 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    • You are right, Opa, your comment does answer some of the “Why” for Dr. Urspo’s question. Every choice we make is a fork. We can’t go forward without making a choice (and refusing to make a choice is a choice which leads to yet a different fork in the road.


      January 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

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