Part of the challenge of awakening is that with awareness, comes the realization of our freedom, and with this freedom, comes a sense of responsibility. We are no longer able to live in ignorance, doing things unconsciously without worrying about their effect, and this causes us to shift our behavior, and change our lifestyle. But our habits are stubborn, and we often continue repeating them, becoming more and more aware of how they are not serving us, until finally we make the decision to change the habits once and for all, which always entails some form of mental and emotional discomfort.
As the renowned psychologist Carl Jung said, “there is no coming to consciousness without pain.” As we become more aware of life and of ourselves, we have to face things that we have been ignoring, things that have been lying dormant in our subconscious minds. We begin to notice our thoughts, how we think, what we think, and how these thoughts affect us. We begin to notice our actions, the way we act, and how these actions affect us. We begin to notice our conditioning, parts of our personality that we may not like, things that happened to us that have left an emotional scar—all of these things come up to the surface, and are presented to us so that we may heal from them, and change them to match our new understanding of reality.
As Carl Jung is also noted for saying, “you do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the unconscious conscious.” We wake up by bringing awareness to what has been unconsciously functioning in us, by bringing the light of consciousness into the darkness of our unconscious behavior.
~from my book “All Is Self” (link in bio) 💙👁 #josephpkauffman#BeTheChange#WakingUp#Awareness#OpenYourMind#Introspection#LookInTheMirror#Healing#Transmutation#Alchemy