We become enlightened by making the darkness conscious by Matt Licata

As Jung reminds us, we do not become enlightened by “imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” He went on to say that the journey of wholeness and integration—re-embodying to all of that which has yet to be metabolized within the alchemical crucible of the heart—would never be “popular.” With the rampant over-emphasis in contemporary self-help teachings on ‘feeling good,’ having whatever we desire, and ‘creating our reality’ through thinking, it seems Jung was onto something.

The ancient path of love will never conform to our hopes, fears, dreams, and fantasies, for it is emerging in the here and now as an emissary of the unknown itself. Let us rest in the aching truth that one of the primary roles of the beloved is to seed deflation in the field of separation. This deflation is not an obstacle or mistake, but is her golden gift, sent from the unseen to dissolve egoic organization in all its forms. But this revelation comes heralding the end of the spirituality of ‘me,’ which is, well, just not that popular.

Yes, awakening may always be a disappointment, from the perspective of hope and fear. In this sense, the journey is eternally hopeless. But it is in the weaving of a home for our hopelessness—and in the providing of safe passage for it to unfold and illuminate within—that we are finally able to step into the world that is actually here, right now – one of pure magic.

The sacred world is wild and alive, and is not organized around ‘me,’ having certain feelings instead of others, and ‘getting everything I want.’ Rather, it is organized around love, which is the end of the seeker altogether. We must look carefully and see if this is what we are actually interested in.

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