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This LIFE Is Ours to Choose

After that Jungian summit a few months ago, I liked best the session by James Hollis, PhD, so I purchased a couple of his latest books: 1) Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey, and 2) Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times.

For me, reading Hollis is like reading someone who explores the very same subjects that I normally write about: “Who are we?”, “Why are we here?”, “What’s this life all about?”, “What is truth?”, “How do you find meaning in your life?” etc., etc.—all done from a truly Jungian perspective. It was eerily familiar to me, which is probably what attracted me to him; and of course I recommend his books.

There are so many quotes that I will eventually offer here, but I’ll list a few pertinent ones from the first book—Living an Examined Life, for this posting.

On developing a “discernment” process, ask yourself this: “Does this value, practice, or expectation open me to the mystery of this journey? Jung said in a letter once that LIFE is a short pause between two great mysteries. Beware of those who offer answers. They may be sincere, but their answers are not necessarily yours. Adaptive loyalty to what we have received from our environment may prove an unconscious subversion of the integrity of the soul….

“So to say blandly then, ‘The choice is yours,’ is not as simplistic as you may have thought at first. Amid the plethora of voices imposing themselves on you at any moment, which voice amid the cacophony is yours? Which voice is from the depths of your soul, and which is from the complexes and cultural templates (you’ve adopted); and how can you know the difference (between the two)?’’’

“…How can we ever choose? And yet, we make choices on a moment to moment basis, and NOT to choose is of course a choice of consequences….we serve life when we step forth and begin to take on that responsibility, that accountability, and choose a life that makes sense to us.  The choice is ours, and if we are not exercising that choice, someone else is choosing for us—if not the splintered personalities of our complexes, then the perseverating voices of our ancestors, or the noisy din of our cultural tom-toms. …

“Our life begins twice: the day we are born and the day we accept the radical existential fact of our life, for all its delimiting factors, is essentially OURS to choose.  And the moment that we open up to that invitation and step into that accountability, we take on the power of choice. …

”…we are the animal that suffers disconnect from meaning. …

…(Whatever your personal belief system) “You are still accountable for your own life. You still have to make choices on a daily basis, and you still are a person who must decide which values, which choices, are worthy of your election.” …

…”It is usually… in moments of desperation or moments when the world gets in our face, forcing us to show up, finally.  If we show up, we must make choices and stop whining. In those moments, something shifts inside. We experience our life more fully alive than it had been at any other hour. We realize that we cannot remain bound by fear, convention, or adaptation. We realize that we now have, and have always had, choices. We can say yes or no, but we cannot say we have NO choice in the matter.” …(p. 4-6).  



Published by Rebecca A. Holdorf

Rebecca A. Holdorf, has a Masters in English, and is a certified hypnotist specializing in Past-Life Exploration and Spirit World Exploration. She is also a Usui and Karuna REIKI Master Teacher presently located near Davenport, Iowa. Author of five books, she also conducts workshops and training in Self-empowerment, True-self Actualization and REIKI. Her company is Foundations of Light, LLC, web address is . Contact her at .

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