Looking to the New Year

In my dipping in and out of Jung’s The Red Book, which has been decorating the coffee table in my office since I got it almost 10 years ago (it isn’t exactly light reading, either in content or size) I recently ran across this passage. It seems appropriate for this time of year as we prepare to say goodbye to the old year and prepare to enter a new year. And no, I am not advocating making New Year’s resolutions, at least not the usual kind. This resolution is about looking inward and not outside when we consider what lies ahead, what we want in our lives, what to do with this life we have.

The tension of the future is unbearable in us. It must break through narrow cracks, it must force new ways. You want to cast off the burden, you want to escape the inescapable. Running away is deception and detour. Shut your eyes so that you do not see the manifold, the outwardly plural, the tearing away and the tempting. There is only one way and that is your way; there is only one salvation and that is your salvation. Why are you looking around for help? Do you believe that help will come from outside? What is to come is created in you and from you. Hence look into yourself Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is really yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you ~Jung, C. G. (2009). The red book: Liber novus (S. Shamdasani, Ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

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