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Carl Jung: Something else, too, came to me from my illness.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Something else, too, came to me from my illness.

I might formulate it as an affirmation of things as they are: an unconditional “yes” to that which is, without subjective protests acceptance of the conditions of existence as I see them and understand them, acceptance of my own nature, as I happen to be.

At the beginning of the illness I had the feeling that there was something wrong with my attitude, and that I was to some extent responsible for the mishap.

But when one follows the path of individuation, when one lives one’s own life, one must take mistakes into the bargain; life would not be complete without them.

There is no guarantee not for a single moment that we will not fall into error or stumble into deadly peril.

We may think there is a sure road.

But that would be the road of death.

Then nothing happens any longer at any rate, not the right things.

Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead. ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 297