Day 74 – The individuation process.

The individuation process is a term created by the famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung to describe the process of becoming aware of oneself, of one’s make-up, and the way to discover one’s true, inner self.

Individuation means that one becomes a person, an individual, a totally integrated personality. It is a process of self realization during which one integrates those contents of the psyche that have the ability to become conscious. It is a search for totality. It is an experience that could be formulated as the discovery of the divine in yourself, or the discovery of the totality of your Self. This does not always happen without pain, but it is necessary to accept many things that normally we would shy away from. Once a person has accepted the contents of his unconsciousness and has reached the goal of the individuation process, he is conscious of his relationships with everything that lives, with the entire cosmos.

Individuation is a natural, inherent process in man. It cannot be stimulated by something external, but it grows from the inside. Just as the body can become deformed or sick by lack of nutrition or movement, the personality can be deformed by lack of experience or education. Jung stresses that our modern world does not give enough opportunity to experience the archetype of the Shadow. When a child expresses his animal instincts, generally it is punished by its parents. Punishment does not lead to the extinction of the Shadow (repressed tendencies, more about this later on), which is impossible, but it leads to the suppression of this archetype. The Shadow retreats to an unconscious state, primitive and undifferentiated. Then, when the Shadow breaks through the repressive barrier, and this does happen once in a while, it manifests itself in a sinister, pathological way.


“There is in the unconscious of each man an inherent image of woman who helps him to understand her being.”

The anima is the personification of all female psychological tendencies in the psyche of a man, including feelings, moods, intuition, receptivity for the irrational, the ability for personal love, a feel for nature, and the man’s  attitude toward the unconscious.

This image becomes conscious by real contacts with women, especially the first woman he encounters in his life. Normally this first woman is his mother, who is the most powerful in shaping him. There are men who have never been able to free themselves from her fascinating power. A man’s  experience of his mother is of course subjective. How  she behaves is less important than his experience of how she behaves. The image he builds is not an exact representation of how she really is, but it is colored and shaped by his inherent ability to produce an image of her, that is, his anima.

If man has the feeling that his mother has had a negative influence on him, then the anima will often  be expressed with irritating, depressive moods, insecurity, a feeling of being unsafe, and touchiness. This negative anima can be expressed in nasty, effeminate remarks, with which he demolishes everything possible. Another anima trick is pseudo-intellectual dialogs which prevents a man from feeling life closely and coming to real decisions. He thinks so much about life that he cannot live, and he losses all spontaneity and the flow of life.

Without a healthy anima, a man becomes effeminate, or becomes the prey of women, and he is not capable of handling the difficulties of life. Such men can be very sentimental or touchy.

When he is grown up his image of the anima is projected onto the women that attract him. It is then that a lot of misunderstandings arise, as most men are not aware that their projection does not correspond with who the woman is in reality. This is the cause of a lot of strange love affairs and divorces. Unfortunately, this projection does not happen in a rational way. It is not that a man is actively projecting, but that the projection happens to him automatically.

Because the anima is an archetype, she has characteristics that continue to appear throughout the ages. She has a quality of eternity. Often she looks young, although she has the feeling that she already has years of experience. She is wise but not overpowering. She often has the feeling of being special, or having a secret knowledge. She is often connected to the earth or water and can have great power. She has both a light and a dark aspect. She can be the pure, good, noble figure, almost a goddess, but she can also be a prostitute, a seductress or a witch. Especially in children’s dreams these opposite aspects are pronounced.

The dark aspect will most likely appear when a man has suppressed or underestimated his female nature, treating women with contempt or carelessness.

He anima can also appear in the form a fey or an elf and lure men away from their work or home, like the sirens in ancient times. In mythology and literature she continues to appear as a goddess and ‘femme fatale’.

In the life of men the anima expresses herself not only in the projection to women, but also in his creative activities, in his fantasies, his moods, premonitions, and emotional explosions. An old Chinese text says that when a man wakes up in the morning with a heavy or bad mood, it is his soul, or anima, that is responsible for this. She disturbs his concentration by whispering absurd ideas and spoils his day by supplying him with a vague feeling that something is not all right, or she wanders through his dreams with seductive visions.

Positive and negative as just two sides of a coin. In essence the anima is a guide to the psychological development of a man. Each time when man’s logical mind is not able to recognize or understand unconscious contents, his anima will help him to dig them out. His anima helps him to tune himself to the correct inner values and thereby helping him to open the door to his inner world. Thus the anima takes the role of guide and mediator in his inner world. Then man has to take serious those feelings, moods, expectations and fantasies sent by his anima, and fix them in one form or another, like writing, painting, sculpting. When he is working on this with patience then his unconscious contents will well up and connect with earlier material. Whatever results from it has to be examined both intellectually as well as with his feelings. It is important to consider it is not  just ‘fantasy’,  but that is very real.


The animus in women is the counterpart of the anima in men. Like the anima, the animus has three roots: the collective image of a man that a woman acquires, her own experiences with men in her life, and the latent male principle in herself.

The animus also has good and bad aspects. In contrast with the anima in men which appears most often in the form of erotic fantasies or moods, the animus has a stronger tendency to appear in the form of ‘sacred’ convictions. This male part in women is apparent when she lectures with a loud, obtrusive, male voice, or by unreasonable, emotional scenes. Even in a woman who at the outside is very feminine, the anima can be a hard, unforgiving power. That woman can suddenly become stubborn, cold and completely inaccessible.

Typical for such  women is the endless repetition of thoughts like: “The only thing in the world I want is love, but he doesn’t love me.” Or “In this situation there are only two possibilities, and both are as bad”. The animus never believes in exceptions. In general one cannot contradict an animus, because usually it is right, but at the same time it doesn’t quite fit the individual situation. It is mostly only a reasoning, an opinion. It looks right, but is beside the point.

Just as the anima of a man is formed by his experience of his mother, so the animus of a woman is formed through hers of her father. The father gives her indisputable ‘true’ convictions that never include the personal reality of the daughter herself.

In his negative aspect, the animus is personified by a cocoon of dreamy thoughts, filled with desires and judgments of ‘how things must be’, excluding the reality of her own life. In his positive aspect, he can be very valuable aid in building a bridge to the Self by his creative ability.

The animus often appears (especially in dreams) as a group of men, this shows that the animus personifies a collective element rather than a personal element. Because of the collective aspect, women usually in reference to “they’ or ‘everybody’ include  ‘always’, should’ and ‘must’.

The animus is a kind of a collection of fathers and similar authorities, who pass an intellectualized, indisputable judgment. It is mostly formed from words and opinions picked up from childhood on and later brought together into a canon of half-truths, a treasure chest of preconceptions. They are justified by “It is always done like that” or “Everybody is saying that it like this”. This critical judgment can sometimes act against her self resulting in an inferiority complex limiting her self-initiative. In other situations she can turn against people in a completely destructive way. She will criticize her neighbors, demolish the reputation of strangers without any reasonable explanation, or she makes belittling remarks to her family members or people with whom she works with the opinion that “it is good for them”, or “I like to call things by their name”, or “I just do not want to spoil them”.

An intelligent and developed woman is just as susceptible to the negative aspects of the animus as less developed one. A less developed woman will quote a newspaper instead of the state or a university. If her opinion is being questioned she will become quarrelsome or dogmatic. This side of a woman craves for power. She can become aggressive, dominating and unreasonable.

Because of this aspect of the animus it is very difficult for a woman to think in a non-prejudiced way. She always has to be aware of that inner voice that constantly tells her “that it needs to be this way”, or “they should do it this way”.

The positive side of the animus is that when a woman needs the courage and the aggressively he will be there to support her. When a woman realizes that her opinions are based on generalities and authorities, then the animus can help her to look for knowledge and wisdom.

Extracted from:

http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/individuationprocess.htm

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Day 26 – interesting comments

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respected sir,

can you throw some light on the practise that you are undergoing and also if possible tell more about the chakras that are beyond the sahasrara

aaaummm>

Respected Sir,

Kriya yoga is the main practice I am undergoing:

https://aaaummm.wordpress.com/

I have also experienced intuitions concerning the higher chakras through the use of crystals, and through Hemi-sync exercises.

The three higher chakras seem to be energy gateways in which one can pull or send energy trans-dimensionally. I believe the chakra directly above Sahasrara to be connected to the causal realm.

I have found through experimentation, if you send love energy from the heart up, through the thousand petaled lotus, then through the higher chakra with the intention of sending love out of our universe, a line of energy can be sent to other realms.

If you send love out and whilst it is travelling at the speed of consciousness, out of our universe, turn off all thoughts, holding the mind empty, this gives the love energy the extra kick it needs to make it out of our own universe into other realms.

By sending love energy to another realm it will invariably make contact with other consciousness. Once a link is formed, love can be sent back and forth between the two realms. The wondrous snowball effect from sending and receiving love, trans-dimensionally, raises ones own energy levels exponentially.

Initially you can practice sending and receiving love to planetary bodies in our own solar system, through Sahasrara. As you become more adept at this practice the higher chakras will activate which allow the sent and received love energy to be strengthened into a potent laser like ray, which is capable of traversing the vast distances involved.

I hope my preliminary experiments will be of some use to you,

Namaste.

Chiraan>

AND what purpose will be solved by sending LOVE back and forth like lasers to some unknown land which we have never seen ?

aaaummm>

The ancient Rishis maintained that the average person utilises merely 1% of their brain matter, which is located all through the spinal column, not just in th head, as well as outbranching nervous ganglia and neurons in the major organs.

Patanjali postulates that as a yogin becomes established in the eight limbs of yogic practice, the brain matter realises it is safe to start to awaken. This awakening allows the yogin to process large amounts of cosmic energy, needed for the higher states of consciousness experienced as the yogin becomes ‘illumined’.

Attainment of yogic siddhis are signposts along the way that show the yogin is making progress.

The practicing yogin needs to find new ways to pull, store and utilise energy.

The causal realm is said to be the abode of our true ‘Self’. It is possible to make contact with this Self and utilise its vaster energy in order to experience greater depths of cosmic consciousness. These cosmic experiences are extremely miraculous and blissful, which is probably the reason why millions of seekers spend so much time, effort and energy in order to experience even a brief mystical moment.

Some people call this true Self God.

Many purport the true purpose of life is to realise this Self.

So it is not so much a purpose to be solved but a method of experiencing greater levels of bliss with the ultimate goal being actual to actually achieve God consciousness.

This may seem far fetched to those without any mystical knowledge, maybe even arrogant to suggest a human being can experience what it is to be a God,

but all the ancient sages say it is so,

and believe me, once you have a taste of God consciousness you will realise that everything in your life so far has been of the quality of a dream.

Imagine you only knew of the dream world and your only experience was of dreaming, then one day you woke up!

How would normal reality seem to you?

Now imagine you woke up from normal reality into Cosmic Consciousness.

Would you ever wish to go back to sleep?

chiraan>

I am wondering at so many words like ” may be, imagine ” , ! why is it that your cosmic experiences are not definitive . ANd why should it not be taken that dream state is still continuing ! what is the exact experience that has convinced you that you have awakened !

And is it not just a great strain to keep drawing the extra energy from some unknown world only to sustain the dream state ?
What is the final consciousness that you must know where you say okay I stop playing football with LOVE back and forth through cosmic lasers and I am stabilised . IS there any human alive who has said yes I AHVE achieved this ?

aaaummm>

Respected fellow,

I shall attempt to answer your enquiries;

My definite experiences are chronicled here;

https://aaaummm.wordpress.com/

The use of words such as maybe and imagine are designed to help someone who has no experience of a certain state to conceive of said states being possible.

Before I experienced such states I was unable to accept that consciousness hid such treasure.

“ANd why should it not be taken that dream state is still continuing ! ”

The dream state occurs usually four times in one sleep episode. When we wake up, the dream state is simply no longer continuing.

“And is it not just a great strain to keep drawing the extra energy from some unknown world only to sustain the dream state ?”

I think you may have misunderstood. The energy sending and receiving is carried out in the waking state. Sending and receiving love is never a strain, it is a continual joy.

“What is the final consciousness that you must know where you say okay I stop playing football with LOVE back and forth through cosmic lasers and I am stabilised .”

Samadhi is said to have nine stages.

Kaivalya is said to be the highest or final state to be reached.

Though I fear you may have again misunderstood.

Sending and receiving energy is simply one method of increasing ones own energy capacity and not a method used to directly experience Samadhi.

Becoming stabilised happens through balancing ones life. This is a side product of practising kriya yoga but not the end goal.

“IS there any human alive who has said yes I AHVE achieved this ?”

I have not met him/her personally.

Though I have read about such people.

Kriya yoga would hold Babaji to be such a one.

I imagine through the different schools of mystical science, such as; yoga, sufism, kaballah, zen, taoism etc People have realised God consciousness. Though,

“Only a few ever hear these truths; of those who hear, only a few understand, and of those only a handful attain the goal.”

Katha Upanishad

Answer me a question if you will –

What else of worth is there to do in this life?

I hope I shall always continue sending and receiving love.

I am sending some to you now..

Day 7 – another day of rest!

Yep it’s true, my body again insisted on resting. I have an ache in my neck which warrants rest, I may have over done my head stand recently. Still pressing on with the pranayama however. Spent last night avidly reading up on Samadhi or Concentration. Kriyanandas excellent descriptions of the 9 stages of Samadhi leading up to Kaivalya, God-Consciousness, makes for an engrossing read. Every time I go through this section I understand a little more but much manages to evade my grasp of understanding. Topics do not come much deeper.

I managed to iron out some of my own misunderstandings concerning Samadhi, as I kind of saw it as a state you attained to be in, rather than a process to be gone through. With this subtle information and much more I delved into Concentration with vigour. It is difficult to explain the process but I shall give it a go.

Ajna Chakra

Starting with sense withdrawal, I would pull my senses inwards and hold them towards the inner world until they settled down and got used to it. When I had got comfortable inside, I would then concentrate my mind upon visualising a golden ring at the ajna chakra. I would spin the ring, hold it still, zoom into a closeup of it or simply hold it steady, the idea behind the process being to hold the mind to one pointed attention and not allow it to wander. I found if I visualised myself from the side visualising the ring, the process got easer. This way I was not simply visualising the ring but visualising myself visualising the ring. Confused? It gets worse.

After holding the mind to a one pointed attention for a while I then kept the level of attention but allowed the ring object to subtly transform into a feeling of unselfish love. This is the stage where concentration morphs into meditation. Holding a feeling of unselfish love really intensely seems to release a flood of feel good brain chemicals. This level of intensity I could not hold for too long, so, as it starts to fade I would let the feeling state morph into a nothingness. Holding the nothingness with one pointed attention allows a much deeper level of internment. I am aware of my vision gazing at ajna but little else except a whole body consciousness of swirling, enmeshing energies that seem quantum in scale and movement. Holding to this state of nothingness without allowing any thought to rise is what I understand to be the main goal, process wise, of Yoga. Once you know the process it’s simply a matter of practice, practice, practice.

I find I can go into Samadhi much easier lying down rather than in a sitting posture. Maybe because my leg is still healing from a biking fall and pains me when I sit for more than 20 minutes. Hopefully as the leg heals I will be able to sit for longer. Today I started by going into a total relaxation, first body, then mind, then morphed through the different stages outlined above. I hovered around the breakthrough threshold for a while in deep Samadhic trance. The deeper I got it was as though I subtly broke through dark veils of consciousness. The longer one can hold the one pointed nothingness without thought arising the deeper into the state one falls. Imagine Alice falling down the rabbit hole, but if she thinks, she stops falling and returns to the surface.

What is down the Rabbit hole?the light of energy

Bliss.

Tha Causal realm.

What is the difference between the astral realm and the Causal realm?

It seems to me the astral realm is the deep levels of the mind, including Jung’s collective unconscious, archetypes and even past life memories.

The Causal realm is other. It is other than human mind in this earthly realm.

This is my current limited understanding on the topic. I hope I will understand more through direct experience of Samadhic states.

Wish me luck!

Day 5 – Hong Sau & chakra positions

Today I began incorporating Hong Sau;

“In Sanskrit, the word Hamsa (Hong-Sau) means wild gander, and has great symbolic significance. No matter how far the wild gander flies, at some point it remembers, and migrates back to its home, always at the proper season. In the same way, we as spiritual beings following a spiritual principle must, like the wild gander, remember, and migrate back to our spiritual home. The spiritual home is the inward state of Samadhi. The Hong-Sau Kriya meditation is a key technique whereby you return to the spiritual home.SriYantra

In most systems of meditation, there is a particular spiritual result that is sought. This may be trance, vision, or clairaudience. This is not, however, the end goal of Kriya Yoga. There is a higher meditation, in which you enter a state of consciousness with meaning beyond your own mind. In this state of meditation, you remove the illusions, delusions, cravings, loyalties, and prejudices. These states produce emotional ignorance within your everyday consciousness. When these states have been removed, you see the reality.

Higher meditation produces a strength and an intensity of consciousness making you courageous and fearless. The most universally applicable method for developing meditation is attentiveness on the incoming and outgoing breath! This technique in no way interferes with the normal breathing pattern. It is used as a point of concentration. It is a pattern upon which the Hong-Sau meditation technique is based.

 

 

 


 

Taken from The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga” by Goswami Kriyananda.

Was good to find this on the web as it gives an example of Goswami Kriyanandas style of writing; plus I couldn’t think of much to say today ; ) found some nice pictures though. I especially like the one showing the position of the chakras from the side view. For a long time I was never exactly sure where the Chakras were, depth wise in the body. Most images only show the chakras from the front. I wonder how ida, pingala and shushumna fit into this view of the chakras being along the spinal axis? Are the three main nadi channels found simply in the center of ones body or do they also adhere to the spinal axis? Answers on a postcard please..