This is an area of our Community Resources which is rather more philosophical. These are the six concepts which have been developed out of our Laws and Theories. But these concepts together are closely tied to our mission and strategy. It's also tied to the quotation by Carl Gustav Jung below.
"People forget that even doctors have moral scruples and that certain patients' confessions are hard even for a doctor to swallow. Yet the patient does not feel himself accepted unless the very worst in him is accepted too. No one can bring this about by mere words. It comes only through reflection and through the doctor's attitude towards himself and his own dark side. If the doctor wants to guide another or even accompany him a step of the way he must feel with that person's psyche. He never feels it when he passes judgment. Whether he puts his judgments into words or keeps them to himself makes not the slightest difference. To take the opposite position and to agree with the patient offhand is also of no use. Feeling comes only through unprejudiced objectivity. "
"This sounds almost like a scientific precept, and it could be confused with a purely intellectual, abstract attitude of mind. But what I mean is something quite different. It is a human quality. A kind of deep respect for the facts, for the man who suffers from them, and for the riddle of such a man's life. The truly religious person has this attitude. He knows that God has brought all sorts of strange and inconceivable things to pass and seeks in the most curious ways to enter a man's heart. He therefore senses in everything the unseen presence of the divine will. This is what I mean by unprejudiced objectivity. It is a moral achievement on the part of the doctor who ought not to let himself be repelled by sickness and corruption."
"We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. I am the oppressor of the person I condemn, not his friend and fellow sufferer. I do not mean in the least to say that we must never pass judgment when we desire to help and improve. But if the doctor wishes to help a human being he must be able to accept him as he is, and he can do this in reality only when he has already seen and accepted himself as he is. Perhaps this sounds very simple. But simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life it requires the greatest art to be simple."
"The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ -- all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself -- that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness -- that I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then? As a rule, the Christian's attitude is then reversed; there is no longer any question of love or long-suffering; we say to the brother within us "Raca," and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide it from the world; we refuse to admit ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves. And had it been God himself who drew near to us in our despicable form we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed."
Getting to the root causes of our cultural decline
This is where we start to get to the sickness and malaise of our modern culture. This is a stand against believing that a human being can be considered worthy or moral or even healthy by being divided against themselves, locked in inner conflict, being the personification of a cosmic conflict between an absolute good and an absolute evil which cannot be reduced or resolved to any underlying unity.
We referring here to the anger, and the righteous anger, which occurs against the evil and wrongdoing in this world. If we require a clear and constant division between a metaphysical good and a metaphysical evil we end up living in an insane and schizophrenic reality. There can be no sense in such a system. What Jung was referring to here was that all conflict, all opposition has it's resolution in an underlying unity.
You cannot understand the meaning of what is unless you understand the meaning of what isn't. You cannot hope to know what is good without understanding what is evil. It is suffering and evil which gives us the ability to recognize virtue. This is not a position of condoning evil, because to accept this would be to cooperate with evil.
Many people complain about the egotism of others and the selfishness of people in society. But this is a natural state of affairs and a process we all go through in our own way in life. When people persist in being egocentric and selfish they will eventually become isolated and their circumstanes will become more difficult to the point where things start to fall apart.
Enantriodromia essentially means 'conversion into the opposite' and is a fundamental principle of life. Life is not a linear experience, it is a cyclical experience. It is not possible to sustain a life without completing cycles, and the same is true when it comes to a community, a society, and culture.
It is useless to engage in conflict with the authorities of today because that will only prolong the conflicts, the ideological squabbles, the hardships, the fear motivation, the suffering. Instead it is important to recognize the situation for what it is. Evil can only exist because people are unconscious of it within themselves, and so cannot recognize it outside of themselves. They are unconscious and it is the fact that they are unconscious is why the evil persists. The only way to negate the evil is to work against it and this can only be achieved through becoming conscious of both the good and the evil. There is a tremendous need for consciousness in our society and communities because it is only consciousness which can effectively negate the evil and the ignorance.
This is why we have developed six concepts. What you choose to do with them and how you choose to develop them is down to you. These concepts are:
- Mutual arising
- The concept of connection between self and other
- Human empowerment
- The concept of human empowerment and empowerment of individual human experience.
- From this concept we take our mission and objectives.
- Conscious living
- The concept of being aware of consciousness and seeking to develop it.
- Personal enlightenment
- The concept of increasing your perception of consciousness
- Reverse participation
- The concept of resistance to trauma through the sharing of individual experience and personal perspectives to develop consciousness.
- Social design
- The concept of participation in the community to create new structures which improve or enhance the value and quality of life in the community.