“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.” ~Carl Gustav Jung
Continued from this post: neurosis.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said,
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Our world is in a similar situation within the first and second stage of truth. Inner truth is either ridiculed, ignored, denied or violently opposed. The neurotic will fight harder to protect its condition. It will ridicule, ignore, deny and oppose that which has been placed before him physically to be conquered within. Many will fight physically and try to bring that which exists in their physical world into the submission of their will. Once they achieve their goals they still remain unhappy, and continue to search outwardly destroying everything like a black hole devouring everything within its path. The neurosis persists and continues due to the failure to search within.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein
We must learn to face the internal conflict of both entities that exists within each and every one of us. The most dangerous combination is a unconscious neurotic ego. That is what causes division and indifference within the world and within each other. This is the crisis of consciousness, not a crisis of religions, politics, wars, money or useless distractions. These are all merely reflections of our inner consciousness, not the other way around. The only reason the lies continue is because we continue to participate with the deception within ourselves. Many falsely think that benevolent actions and positive thinking is the solution to our problems. If it was a solution we would have been out of the age of darkness long ago. When you have truly searched within yourself you will have found the same truth that was within Jesus, Buddha and Muhammad. Then and only then will the world know the third stage of truth, acceptance and surrender to the real truth that is only found within.
“I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their inner life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.” ~Carl Gustav Jung