Jungian Counselling & Self Awareness on the Holidays
My Jungian counselling experience has shown me that, once the lead-up to the Holidays is over, there is often a quieter period in which people often come to new kinds of self awareness. This can often lead to new paths on a personal journey towards wholeness, if individuals are willing to walk them.
From a Jungian counselling perspective, there are at least four striking opportunities for self awareness that people might encounter during the Holidays
A Break From the Regular Pattern of Life
The Holidays often offer the opportunity to get outside of the patterns of life that we all find so consuming, just for a while. As we take things at a more leisurely pace, perhaps we begin to examine aspects of our lives, and to ask some really basic questions. The frenetic pace of work, kids’ activities, sports involvements, and so on gives way to a time when we can look at the pattern of our lives, and just be aware.
Connecting with My Earlier Selves
The Holidays can further self-awareness by putting us in mind of our selves at earlier points in our journey. Childhood Christmases, full perhaps of great joy, or, in some cases, great pain and disappointment. Adult Christmases with a new love. “White knuckle Christmases” on your own, perhaps in a strange new city, or possibly after a divorce. All are versions of myself: what do they show me about who I am, right here and right now?
Connecting with Where I am Now
And Jungian counselling is certainly concerned with where I am right at this present, and what the issues are that are coming up for me. What is it right now about myself that is hard for me to look at about myself? What does this have to do with my values, goals, morality, spirituality — yearnings?
The New Year is Coming
The New Year is many things, psychologically, but one of the key dimensions, from a Jungian counselling perspective, is as an opportunity for renewal. Life extends on the other side of the gate to the New Year. Whatever has gone by this year, we have the opportunity in the coming year to live in deeper self awareness, and in our own inner truth, on the singular road of our own journey towards wholeness.
With very best wishes for the holidays, and the coming New Year,
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