Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Carl Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He was considered revolutionary in his field even within his lifetime. So respected, the older, Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, considered Jung to be his heir in the field. Sinem Gunel looks at some of his greatest quotes, in her article “8 Quotes by Carl Jung That Could Change the Way You Think and Live.” Let’s look at a few of his meaningful quotes.
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no universal recipe for living.” When you are shopping for the next self-help book, shy away from any author who offers you the one way to anything! Yes, Jesus “is the way the truth and the life,” but that doesn’t mean we all live out the faith the same way. One of my closest friends is Pentecostal. He would be no happier in my church than I would be in his, but we respect each other’s faith and commitment to God.
“I’m not what happened to me, I’m what I choose to become.” Sadly, life is not fair. Many individuals have experienced pain and abuse. When I was in high school I had a dear friend who was raped. It was horrible, but she did not let the horrific event define her life. She chose to become what God intended for her life, and that did not include being a victim. God gives us the strength to create us anew each day.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Regret must be a horrific emotion to endure at the end of one’s life. Those whose visions are only outside, are left with many regrets. But those who look into the soul to find their God-given direction, find lasting meaning and fewer regrets. The shoe fits, and we control the narrative of our life, when we are guided by the Holy Spirit in our inward being. Pray today for Jung’s quotes to come alive in your heart.