“We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand
disguises on the paths of life.” Carl Jung
Many of us are facing personal challenges of all sorts during this time of tremendous transition on the planet. Mine recently has been a Trial by Fire Initiation into the realm of recognition. What I have come to realize is the true meaning of Carl Jung’s quote about meeting ourselves in others.
When you are a healer and experience a setback in your own health, an opportunity for self examination presents itself in full force. Light workers, especially, must diligently hold the same energies and encompass the same principles that we show others, and when we are out of alignment- in body, mind or spirit- the mirror of the Universe reflects what we need to do.
My recent cold put an abrupt stop to a very busy schedule that resulted in my being way out of alignment with my physical body. How many times does it take for me to realize that delicate balance between helping others and taking care of my own needs? Typical, I suppose, among those of us dedicated to helping others … yet this awareness does not assuage the tough lesson that finally drags me into the doctor’s office, humbled by the nagging cough (throat chakra discordance) and incessant symptoms that linger.
Three weeks ago, I inadvertently burned a hole in an alter cloth with incense during sacred ceremony, and soon after accidentally burned my face– like a strong acid peel– from the water in a cleansing bath soak. I instinctively knew that what was to come would be “in my face” and illuminating. What I didn’t realize then, but absolutely know now, is that I would be facing every criticism and judgement that I’ve ever cast upon others.
When we truly understand that the Universe sends back to us what we project, there is a light that shines on both the positive and the negative that we create. I grew up in a loving home, albeit with a very masculine critical voice. And, although I pride myself on not saying the outrageous degrading remarks that I heard as a child, my Trial by Fire shows me the many judgmental thoughts and comments I HAVE made… not only of others but, especially, toward myself! What an awakening to discover that I have, indeed, mirrored my critical parent unconsciously. And, whether we are aware of it or not, the throat engages what the mind perceives!
Every single comment that I have ever made about others has come back to show me that same quality in myself– in some degree, at some place and time in my life. The Fire of Illumination shows me there is absolutely NOTHING “out there” in the world that does not exist within me. I have heard this in all spiritual venues, but to truly know this truth is sobering. What we see in others is truly a mirror of ourselves!
And, yes. with awareness comes responsibility. Another inescapable truth that tests our knowing with our actions. My critical voice is softened now, caught mid-stream between the thought and ensuing word. With practice, the critical voice will dissipate altogether. And when gone, the mirror will reflect the full acceptance and unconditional love of Self and others on our path.