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Jungian Therapy, Time and the New Year: 4 Reflections

January 5th, 2012 · Jungian, Jungian therapy, New Year, therapy, Time

At New Year , we are all acutely aware of the passage of time; an approach rooted in Jungian therapy leads us to reflect on time in at least four different ways.

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1.  We Live in the Flow of Time

By nature, humans exist in time, and in conscious awareness of time.  All we do and are is in the midst of duration.  We may lament time’s passing, but without it, we wouldn’t exist.  Still, we are surrounded by so much that is impermanent, to which we cannot cling.  How will we cope with passing years?

2.  Midlife and the Significance of Time

By midlife, and often before, we feel keenly that our time is limited.  We know we have lived nearly half of our lives.  Sometimes, I can seem to feel the days rapidly slipping away.  It can be an agonizing realization, and sometimes we may have to battle the snares of regret , in order to stay with life in the present.

3.  Worthy of my Time?

If life is limited and finite, I need to live in the ways that are most meaningful to me.  To do that, I must know what it is that I really value.  And to know what it is that I really value, I will have to encounter those parts of myself that I do not usually encounter or acknowledge — the undiscovered unconscious self.  Many people don’t dare to really ask, “What is it that is really important to me?  What are the things that will really last?” — and then to live in and for those values.

4.  Dancing Toward Soul

We cannot imagine existence outside of time — it is fundamental to who and what we are.  And yet, something in us connects to, and resonates with, eternity.  There is a dancing way of living, that, although it moves through the seasons, has the air of eternity, because it connects with values and aspects of the self that are unchanging — the things we eternally seek.  This, the reality of soul, is often imaged in dreams and in art, as a lover within us, who we seek and love for our whole lives.  Here is Donovan, singing W.B. Yeats’ profound and beautiful poem,

With very best wishes for the New Year, and for you, on your journey towards wholeness.

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VIDEO: “The Song of Wandering Aengus”, by cronogeo
© 2011 Brian Collinson 2238 Constance Drive, Oakville, ON (near Mississauga)

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Happy New Year! Happy Renewal!

January 7th, 2008 · New Year, Psychotherapy


Happy New Year!  Monday, January 7 will be the day that 2008 becomes a concrete reality for many people.  For a great many, it’s the day that kids go back to school, and the day that work really “gets serious” again, after perhaps a more relaxed time over the Holiday season.

In many ancient cultures, such as ancient Babylon, the New Year was a time of great religious meaning.  Often, it was believed that the world ended and began anew with the coming of the New Year.  What is the New Year for us, in our culture?

Often, the experience of the first real working day in the New Year can bring a sense of how little has changed.  For many people, the sense can be of a return to the “same old same old”.  Like the Babylonians of old, we yearn for a renewal, for something to give us a sense of meaning and vitality.  Yet often it can feel as if things just go on and on in the same way, and that we’re missing whatever it is that we really want.  We can end up just accepting what we have, in a mood, almost, of quiet despair.

Yet often, there is something in us that won’t quite leave us alone, that won’t let us off the hook.  What is it that we’re yearning for?  What is it that we really want?  What, coming out of our past, remains unresolved for us?

The New Year issues each of us an invitation.  Now is the time to keep hope alive, and to search for the things in ourselves that can give us the sense of meaning and value that we long for at the deepest level.  Now might be an excellent time to seek out the help we need to access the places in ourselves where the answers lie — in our dreams, in our unconscious, in our own as-yet unlived lives.

I hope that the New Year will be a time for you, of renewing your journey to wholeness, the journey to yourself.

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