Wisdom Quotes

Don’t live by examples, but seek your own path

From The Red Book by C.G. Jung:

“Believe me: It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you. On what basis should I presume to teach you? I give you news of the way of this man, but not of your own way. My path is not your path, therefore I cannot teach you. The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in teachings, nor in laws. Within us is the way, the truth, and the life.

Woe betide those who live by way of examples! Life is not with them. If you live according to an example, you thus live the life of that example, but who should live your own life if not yourself? So live yourselves.

The signposts have fallen, unblazed trails lie before us. Do not be greedy to gobble up the fruits of foreign fields. Do you not know that you yourselves are the fertile acre which bears everything that avails you?

Yet who today knows this? Who knows the way to the eternally fruitful climes of the soul? You seek the way through mere appearances, you study books and give ear to all kinds of opinion. What good is all that?

There is only one way and that is your way.

You seek the path? I warn you away from my own. It can also be the wrong way for you.

May each go his own way.

I will be no savior, no lawgiver, no master teacher unto you. You are no longer little children.

Giving laws, bettering, making things easier, has all become wrong and evil. May each one seek out his own way. The way leads to mutual love in community. Men will come to see and feel the similarity and commonality of their ways.

Laws and teachings held in common compel people to solitude, so that they may escape the pressure of undesirable contact, but solitude makes people hostile and venomous.

Therefore give people dignity and let each of them stand apart, so that each
may find his own fellowship and love it.

Power stands against power, contempt against contempt, love against love. Give humanity dignity, and trust that life will find the better way.

The one eye of the Godhead is blind, the one ear of the Godhead is deaf, the order of its being is crossed by chaos. So be patient with the crippledness of the world and do not overvalue its consummate beauty.”

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3 thoughts on “Don’t live by examples, but seek your own path

  1. Reblogged this on Mystical Experiences of Reality and commented:
    Seekers having relinquished religions and other spiritual dead ends might find a great deal of solace in this reblog.

    It emphasises the reality of the individual attested to by mystics.

    This, in a world still confounded by the failed ways of communalism, communism, socialism, liberalism, progressivism and all the other artificial human isms that veil us from ourselves and our place in Ultimate Reality, is perhaps part of a reawakening to the fundamental values and original purpose of individuality:

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  2. //The way leads to mutual love in community. Men will come to see and feel the similarity and commonality of their ways.//I go about “as if” this is true but witness, accept or, rather, admit the existence of challenges that bid gain control of reality, try to co-modify it to serve unknown purposes that are, IMHO, distracting,
    systemic sabotage of the creative life of humanity and the planet. Why? I don’t know…
    I thought of this quote from Mark Twain’s the mysterious stranger: //a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body…//yet where do I get intuitively that it will “come out in the wash”? Hope as a shield from despair…or a truth I’m being taught from someone insired sitting way back in the woods, someone tough & determined to survive who is patient enough to believe that one’s “provisional existence of unknown limit” (Viktor Frankl) will eventually glide smoothly like a river who is never, can never never be pushed.

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