Compassionate Awakening: Discovering the Kingdom Within

In the quest for spiritual awakening, compassion emerges as a guiding force, leading us to the profound realization of our divine essence. This blog post explores the symbolic motifs of the kingdom of God and self-realization, shedding light on their significance in the context of compassion and spiritual awakening.

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The Symbolic Journey of Rebirth: Compassion and Awakening

In this blog post, we delve into the profound symbolic motifs of rebirth and explore their relationship to compassion and spiritual awakening. Drawing upon the wisdom of Carl Jung and his insights on various forms of rebirth, we embark on a journey that unveils the transformative power of these archetypal themes. As we navigate through metempsychosis, reincarnation, resurrection, rebirth, and indirect rebirth, we discover how compassion intertwines with the process of self-realization and spiritual awakening.

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Khidr: Symbol of Compassionate Awareness and Spiritual Awakening

The character of Khidr, revered as a spiritual guide in Islamic and Sufi traditions, presents a remarkable embodiment of compassionate awareness. Known as the ‘Green One’ or the ‘Verdant One,’ Khidr serves as a symbol of divinely guided intuition and wisdom. As a teacher of secret knowledge and the divine instructor of Prophet Moses, Khidr epitomizes the conscious realization of spiritual truth.

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Venturing into the Caverns of Self: Cave Imagery and the Journey of Shadow Work

The cave, as Carl Jung illuminates, acts as a powerful symbol in the journey of self-realization. It embodies the process of delving into our internal depths, an expedition into the largely unexplored caverns of the self.

Caves are emblematic of the possibility of unearthing a higher unity within oneself, a unity that dwells within the profound strata of our unconscious. They serve as gateways into the immense treasure chest of self-understanding that lies unopened within us. As Jung expressed, “The unconscious: ‘it potentially contains that “round” wholeness which consciousness lacks, it is the most significant of all. This “round” thing is the great treasure that lies hidden in the cave of the unconscious, and its personification is this personal being who represents the higher unity of conscious and unconscious.’ ” (CW 9I, para. 248)

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The Dance of Compassionate Awakening: Exploring the Symbolic Motif of Syzygy in the Chakrasamvara Mandala

In the featured image, we see a mandala image from 15th Century Tibetan Buddhism. The central deity in the mandala is Samvara. Samvara is considered the image of “Supreme Bliss” [1]. He is blue in color, with twelve arms, and four faces. He embraces Vajravārāhī, who is red in color. Vajravārāhī means the “”The Diamond Sow” [2]. In Tibetan Buddhism, the syzygy is called Yab-Yum, as metaphor of the union of bliss and emptiness.

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Compassionate Engagement with Our Shadows: Insights from Carl Jung

Carl Jung, a pioneer of depth psychology, famously quoted, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” (CW 12, p. 99). This metaphor of “darkness” signifies the unexplored parts of our personality, those traits we have cast aside due to their uncomfortable or unpalatable nature – the ‘shadow’ within us.

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The Symbolic Leap: A Metaphor for Enlightenment and Embracing the Unknown

To leap is to make a sudden movement, often into the unknown. In the realm of spirituality and consciousness, this act holds deep symbolic significance. It represents a transformative shift from our familiar comfort zones, pushing us to embrace the vast and enigmatic mysteries of existence. Such a courageous leap mirrors the spiritual journey towards enlightenment.

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The Lesson of the Overflowing Cup: Embracing the Present Moment

Once upon a serene morning, a woman of tranquility reclined on her porch, savoring her tea while delighting in the playful dance of the birds. On this particular day, an unfamiliar face wandered into her vista, intrigued by the woman’s palpable peace. The stranger requested to share the peaceful moment alongside her. With a gesture of welcoming warmth, the tranquil woman offered her a seat and a cup of tea.

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Unveiling the True Self: Compassionate Awareness and the Process of Pulling Back Projections

Compassionate awareness, at its core, is the practice of observing our inner experiences and the world around us with a sense of kindness, empathy, and non-judgmental understanding. It invites us to perceive our thoughts, feelings, and actions without criticism or condemnation, instead offering a sense of acceptance and patience towards our own unique processes of growth and transformation. This approach encourages us to maintain an open and compassionate perspective towards ourselves and others, providing a foundation for authentic connection and deeper self-understanding.

The Power of Projection: Unveiling the Veil of Perception

Projection is a psychological mechanism where we attribute characteristics, emotions, or desires that we disown in ourselves to other people. We unconsciously cast off what we do not wish to accept about ourselves onto others, allowing us to evade self-awareness of these characteristics. Carl Jung emphasized the role of projection in coloring our perceptions and tainting our understanding of the external world. By recognizing and understanding our projections, we can gain insight into our inner world and the aspects of our psyche that we have unconsciously disowned.

The Journey Towards Self-Realization: Breaking Free from Projection

The process of pulling back projections is a crucial step towards self-realization. When we become aware of our projections and intentionally withdraw them, we create space for awakening and inner growth. This practice allows us to gain clarity and self-awareness, freeing us from the entanglements of unconscious projection. As we engage in self-reflection and conscious exploration, we start to reclaim our autonomy and glimpse our true nature. This journey often requires courage and honesty, as it asks us to confront and integrate parts of ourselves that we may find uncomfortable or challenging.

Embracing Non-Duality: Transcending Projection and Unveiling True Nature

Withdrawing our projections opens the path towards experiencing non-duality, a state of awareness that transcends the dichotomy between subject and object, self and other. Non-duality reveals the inherent unity and interconnectedness of all things, dissolving the boundaries that our unconscious projections often reinforce. In this state, we can fully appreciate the interconnected nature of existence and tap into the inherent wisdom and compassion within us. This profound realization emerges as we peel away the layers of projection, leading us towards a deeper understanding and connection with our authentic selves and the world around us.

Cultivating Compassion in the Midst of Projections

Throughout this journey of pulling back projections and moving towards self-realization, compassion plays a central role. As we become aware of our tendencies to project, compassion allows us to embrace our own vulnerabilities without judgment. It enables us to recognize our unconscious patterns with gentleness and forgiveness, fostering a sense of self-compassion. Moreover, it inspires us to extend understanding and empathy towards others, who may also be navigating their own paths towards self-realization.

Cultivating compassion requires intentional practice and patience. It invites us to treat ourselves and others with kindness, even amidst the complexities of projection and self-realization. By fostering compassion, we create a nurturing environment for healing, growth, and transformation, allowing us to navigate the path towards self-realization with grace and resilience. Through compassionate awareness, we can unravel our projections, embrace our authentic selves, and move towards a more profound understanding of our interconnectedness with all beings.

Cultivating Compassion and Unraveling Projections: Steps towards Self-Realization

To effectively pull back projections and nurture compassion for both ourselves and others, there are several essential steps to follow. Consider the following key steps in this process:

  1. Self-Reflection and Heightened Awareness: Develop self-awareness and engage in introspection. Reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, particularly noticing any recurring patterns of projection. Explore the underlying motivations or fears driving these projections. Self-reflection lays the groundwork for recognizing and acknowledging your own projections.
  2. Mindful Observation: Practice mindful observation of your thoughts and interactions. Be attuned to moments when you feel triggered or experience strong emotions. Observe the inclination to project your unconscious contents onto others, such as expectations, judgments, or unresolved issues. Cultivate a non-judgmental attitude, allowing yourself to simply observe and be curious about these observations.
  3. Pause and Reflect: When you catch yourself projecting, create a pause. Introduce a space between the trigger and your response. Utilize this pause to reflect on your inner landscape. Ask yourself questions such as: What does this projection reveal about my unmet needs, fears, or desires? How can I take responsibility for these aspects within myself instead of projecting them onto others?
  4. Compassionate Inquiry: Engage in compassionate self-inquiry to understand the underlying emotions and experiences that drive your projections. Explore any wounds or unresolved traumas that may be influencing your perceptions and reactions. Approach yourself with kindness and self-compassion as you delve into these deeper layers of your psyche.
  5. Emotional Regulation: Develop emotional regulation skills to navigate intense emotions commonly associated with projections. Cultivate practices such as deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, or grounding techniques to help regulate your emotions in the present moment. This allows for conscious responses rather than impulsive reactions based on projections.
  6. Cultivate Empathy and Understanding: Extend compassion and empathy towards others by recognizing that they too have their own struggles, wounds, and projections. Practice active listening and seek to understand their perspectives without judgment. Empathize by putting yourself in their shoes and considering alternative interpretations of their behaviors or words.
  7. Open Communication: Foster open and honest communication with others. Create a safe space for sharing and expressing vulnerabilities. This promotes a deeper understanding and connection, reducing the need for projections to fill gaps in understanding.
  8. Self-Compassion: Embrace self-compassion throughout this process. Be gentle with yourself as you navigate the complexities of projections and self-realization. Offer kindness and understanding to yourself as you uncover and integrate different aspects of your psyche.

By actively engaging in these steps, you can gradually pull back projections and cultivate a greater sense of compassion for yourself and others. This journey towards self-awareness and realization is enriched by embracing compassion and unraveling the illusions created by projections.


I invite you to share your comments and insights on the possibility of compassionate awakening. Your feedback is valuable and helps me gain a deeper understanding of your perspective. Together, we are embarking on a journey towards compassion. Please keep in mind that although I read and appreciate all comments, I am unable to respond individually. Nevertheless, your input plays a vital role in shaping the conversation and fostering a meaningful dialogue. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Let’s awaken into compassion together!

The Divine Body: a Poem

The human:

part of a divine body,

the divine body in a state of creation,

creation giving rise to mind,

mind perceiving world,

world painted by phantasy,

phantasy leading to confusion

confusion needing order

order represented by symbols

symbols defining self

self becoming I

separated from creation

creation separated from divine body

all within time.

The divine:

an infinite body of glimmering gems

each gem a seed

each seed expressing potentiality

potentiality in the form figures

figures as expressions of possibility

possibility emerging into imagination

imagination entering into a state of creation

the state of creation becoming form

form becoming matter

matter giving birth to life

life evolving humans

all in a moment.