Next he spoke of fear.
He said, “Be afraid of the world, for it is big and strong; and fear the demons within, for they are many and brutal; but do not fear yourself, for that is your Self.”
I said I feared to open the door for fear the demons would come out and destroy.
He said, “If you lock them up they will as surely destroy.
The only way of delimiting the Self is by experiment.
Go as far as your desire goes, and you will presently find that you have gone as far as your own laws allow: If you feel afraid, be brave enough to run away.
Find a hole to hide in, for this is the action of a brave man and by so doing you are exercising courage.
Presently the swing of cowardice will be over, and courage will take its place.”
I said, “But how hopelessly unstable and changeable you will appear!”
He replied, “Then be unstable.
A new stability will reassert itself. Does one live for other people or for oneself?
Here is the place where one must learn true unselfishness.”
The law was made by man.
We made it.
It is therefore below us, and we can law above it.
As St. Paul said, “I am redeemed and am freed from the law.”
He realized that, as man, he had made it. So also a contract cannot bind us, for we who made it can break it.
Thus, vice too, if entered into sincerely as a means of finding and expressing the Self, is not vice, for the fearless honesty cuts that out.
But when we are bound by an artificial barrier, or laws and moralities that have entered into us, then we are prevented from finding, or even from seeing, that there is a real barrier of the Self outside this artificial barrier.
We fear that if we break through this artificial barrier we shall find ourselves in limitless space.
But within each of us is the self-regulating Self. ~Esther Harding, Conversations with Jung, Pages 7-9 Quadrant (1985)