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  • Jungian Psychotherapy for Spiritual Crisis 2: Reality

    Issues of spirituality, and particularly, around case studies for spiritual crisis, often confront us as questions about what is fundamentally real or important

    case studies for spiritual crisis

    — questions which often are front and centre in Jungian case studies.

     The Quest for the Real

    We often deal with disconnect between what others — friends, employers, advertisers, the society as a whole — are telling us is real, and the disquieting sense that there must be something more.

    We sense that what we are looking for is missing from what the society as a whole perceives as real or significant. The media and Internet do not often point us to things of substance or lasting value.

    Often, case studies for spiritual crisis encounters individuals experiencing a sense of emptiness, flatness, or even “vertigo”.  For such individuals, the quest for reality is not something “fluffy” or academic: it can well become fundamentally, even crucially important.

    Experiencing Reality

    When are we experiencing reality?  One indicator would be when we feel most alive or aware.

    Meaning, value, significance and even joy: these are the things that make reality — and make it important.  This doesn’t mean that experiencing reality in our lives is always painless or easy, by any means.  Many experiences connecting us to a sense of spiritual reality may in fact involve pain.  But invariably, they bring with them the sense that we are living our lives, in a way connected to something bigger than the consci0us self.

    To Live Here and Now

    Psychotherapy for spiritual crisis concerns opening up for individuals a way of living that feels full of aliveness, radically in the here and now.  A spirituality that is only for the next life is no real spirituality at all.

    It’s also more than living in the moment in a shallow way.  It involves connection to our unconscious depths, finding meaning in life, and rooting in archetypal reality.

    It also entails being rooted in self-awareness of all the differing ways in which we experience life, whether it be through our feeling, our thought, the awareness of our senses, or the promptings of our intuition.  Often case studies for spiritual crisis involves opening the “shut down” aspects of ourselves.

    To Live My Reality in Depth

    Living in a way that is open to everything in us involves being open to myth: to the true story of our lives.  Real myth, our own story gives us the true context for who we are, and  enables us to know that we belong in our lives.

    In the following video, psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst Anthony Stevens reads from his book “Jung: A Short Introduction“:

    “C.G. Jung and Reinvesting in Our Real Life”

    The real healing that emerges from the case studies of spiritual crisis entails the sense of being truly rooted in my life.  It is connected with my sense of feeling at home in my life and in the world… that there is a rightness to my being here and now.

    Jungian case studies for spiritual crisis involves opening to the call of my deepest being,


    PHOTO:  © Bortn66 |  VIDEO: “Jung: A Very Short Introduction” © Anthony Stevens 1994



    1. jamenta


      October 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm -

      “This doesn’t mean that experiencing reality in our lives is always painless or easy, by any means. Many experiences connecting us to a sense of spiritual reality may in fact involve pain.”

      Such an important point here.

      1. Brian C
        October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm -

        Thank you for your comment, John. I agree with you that this is a very important point, and it’s one that isn’t always understood. Much supposedly “spiritual” writing would have us believe that the experience of spiritual life is just a matter of going from peak experience to peak experience. In actual fact, there are profound human experiences that involve a sense of reality and meaning, but which nonetheless involve an experiencee of the painfulness of life. We need spirituality that helps us to find a sense of meaning in the midst of life’s pain, if it is to have any genuine reality and validity. Again, thanks very much for your thoughts.

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