The Inner Journey
In the first half of our lives, we adapt to family and societal expectations by creating a social mask for ourselves. We do this by adopting what we perceive as acceptable beliefs and behaviours, and by repressing the ones that we deem unacceptable, sending them into our unconscious minds. Although this is a normal survival instinct, the process of creating this social mask creates fragmentation within the psyche that can keep us away from realizing our true potential. As a result, we may feel held back from achieving the success that we desire because, although we may consciously desire lasting change and the realization of our goals, our unconscious minds, always exerting a great deal of influence on our lives, will keep us away from what we consciously desire if it is not in accordance with our social conditioning. This phenomenon is summed up by Carl Jung when he said, "Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life, and you will call it fate."
A Call to Adventure
At a certain point in our lives, however, there arises a need from deep within to become more; to honour and reclaim the lost fragments of our psyches, and to pursue our own individual path. We find ourselves overcome by an urge towards growth, expansion, and the development of our unique innate capabilities. Although we all hear that call to adventure at some point in our lives, most people tend to dismiss it as irrational and ignore it, leading to a life of unfulfilled dreams, futility, and depression, all in the need for safety and the familiar...
The Path Ahead
...But you are not like most people, because here you are, being led to take action in the direction of the fulfillment of your deeper purpose. Carl Jung is quoted as saying, "The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward, and letting go of it." This fulfilling inner work is the path ahead of you if you choose to heed the call. It's up to you whether you stay in the status quo or decide to take the road less travelled. The road of your true, authentic, more fully realized and successful Self awaits.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."