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 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 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.

The Transcendent Mirror

Consciousness is a multifaceted looking-glass. To look through one side is to perceive the eternal and to look through the other side is to perceive the temporal; one side the infinite and the other side finite. Most of us look through the lens of the temporality, of finitude.

We perceive the world through preconceived notions, through symbols and ideals, through pre-ordered ideologies. We give our life meaning through identification with the dominant ideologies and their symbolic systems. This preconceived symbolic system provides order, hierarchies, transcendent aims.We seek to reach some undefined and predetermined zenith far out of reach: a heavenly ideal. But seeking a heavenly ideal is like gazing into a transcendent mirror in the sky above. We seek an idealized symbol that is only an obscure reflection of the sacred real.

White bearded wise men, lovely goddesses, vigorous youth are all born in the minds of people;  for mankind creates idealized symbols that reflect his own ego. The human race is in relentless pursuit of whatever it is that is just beyond our reach, and we, as a culture, have not yet obtained the perspective that would enable us to see the eternal truth that exists all around us, and within us.

But because we exist far from the psychological zenith, our ideals and symbols serve a purpose. They urge us onward as we grow and develop our consciousness. We pursue the transcendent ideal until our own particular awareness holds the capacity for self-reflective awareness.

And in this state of awareness, we find that our ideals and fantasies are no longer necessary. We are ready to give up the psychological safety net and enter into flow of life, as simply the Self.