To Engage the Shadow… Thought… Judgment… Love… Power


Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

Carl Jung

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

Carl Jung

A Father’s Guide to Wisdom

The human psyche is a delicate flower, built upon the fertilizer of ashes long past. These ashes form the wise nature of soul, that sooty material that moves us from within. Ever here a song that moved you… That is soul at work grounding you into the root of your being, creating energy in motion (e-motion)to open your spirit to new possibility.

Carl Gustav Jung knew people. His influence on pop-culture even some 60 years after his death cements his place as a true knower of the human condition. Through his reflection, we can glean elements of human nature in action. But even more powerful than simply understanding, he shows us ways we can truly grow towards a more wise state.

Let us think for a moment. But know that as soon as we do, we engage in those very shadow elements within that mirror our capacity to judge. This is a human plight, but one in which the paradox can lead to higher forms of energy in motion, where personality functions slip away, the ego is allowed to rest, and love is allowed to move us towards a higher state of Self.

Where love rules, power ceases. But there are shifts of emotion, ebbs and flows of consciousness, where power can rear its ugly head, overshadowing the love held within. Even the statuesque David could not find its brilliance without the repetitious chipping away of the marble rock that encased its true form.

Let us see the shadow for what it is. Not a source of evil, but a dark form of matter that exists only because light casts its presence. One cannot exist without the other, and if light does exist, it must be found in the very place it was once lost.

By sifting through the ash heap of psyche’s lost past, we may just find that glowing amber of a passion once lost. This is a hint, a hint at something greater to come. For this amber can ignite the spirit of passion held within and transform the delicate flower of our being into a phoenix, that fiery bird ready to move us towards greater heights of a more Realized form of consciousness. Thought… Judgment… Love… Power… the choice is always ours to make.

With Prayers and Blessings my Friends: Believe… Achieve… Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. (Dr. Tom)

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    • Dr. Thomas Maples – Stockton, California – Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal problems, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."
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