Have Any Inappropriate Thoughts Lately?


“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.”
— Carl Gustav Jung


Have you had any inappropriate thoughts lately? Things that ran across your mind that startled you and made you uncomfortable and you immediately suppressed it and thought of something else? I don’t believe that there is any such thing as an inappropriate thought. It is all information that comes to us and if we can avoid judging our own minds, we can gain invaluable insight into our shadow selves. We all have darkness inside and the more we expose it to air the more light we will find as well. So next time you have thoughts of putting rat poison into somebody’s coffee or kicking a dog or other things that you tell yourself that you would never think of, instead of revulsion and suppression why not try curiosity? Look at the thought and say “That’s interesting. I wonder where that came from? You might find out something about yourself, resentments you’ve kept hidden away, little kinks that when looked at and exposed will be liberating rather than frightening. To paraphrase the old radio series, it’s our shadow that knows what evil lurks in our hearts and maybe its not evil, just suppressed.
Blessings, G


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3 thoughts on “Have Any Inappropriate Thoughts Lately?”

  1. This is one of the most profound ideas of Jung and you have explained it with such clarity. To be able to face and love our shadow selves, to free them into light can lead to so much freedom from bigotry and hate…

    1. Thank You John. Have been doing some serious shadow work of late and learning a lot from it… Accepting whatever comes through helps a lot.

    2. As I was writing the blog post, it was so difficult to avoid the quote… it was waiting and staring at me 🙂 Thanks John

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