People of all backgrounds are now exploring ideas that may expand their psychological welfare. This promises, as Carl Jung wrote, a profound spiritual revolution in the Western world.
However, the spiritual war, Carl Jung believed, is a private conflict, and the answers do not rest with those of authority. Each person must find a balance between the ideals of civilisation and their natural energy, freedom, vitality and sexuality. Each must gain a consciousness of the forces that work within them, all the lights, sounds and shadows and realise the unconscious for its truth.
This is an unsatisfying realisation for many as it means that we alone must dig up the dirt that rests within ourselves. This is the responsibility of our age. It is such a laborious and frustrating challenge that Carl Jung feared few would ever undertake such an adventure. But, he did, nevertheless, see hopeful signs that still hold true today.
However, as the tempo of the world moves faster, so we must also walk with more haste and, the quicker the world becomes, the more that is expected of us and the less time we have to sit quietly on our own. But, beyond this chaos, beyond the seeking and searching, the frustration and pain, perhaps we will achieve a victory of “waking consciousness” and become brighter and lighter than before. And, if we help ourselves first, we ease the tension of the spirit that troubles the whole society.