Jung, Yoga, and Wholeness...
A master yogi sought out depth therapy, entered my consultation office, and immediately related, "Last night I dreamt that my shushumna was burnt to a crisp. I was horrified and knew that I had to address this today." The shushumna symbolized the central life channel that flows with energy, both masculine and feminine. Over the course of his work, we explored how he had lost balance, burned too hot with too much masculine energy. The nightmare symbolized irritability and his sense of being out of sorts for many months. Wholeness had been damaged.
CG Jung wrote, "I was walking along a little road through a hilly landscape; the sun was shining and I had a wide view in all directions. Then I came to a small wayside chapel. The door was ajar, and I went in. To my surprise there was no image of the Virgin on the altar, and no crucifix either, but only a wonderful flower arrangement. But then I saw on the floor in front of the altar, facing me, sat a yogi - in lotus posture, in deep meditation. When I looked at him more closely, I realized that he had my face. I started in profound fright, and awoke with the thought: 'Aha, so he is the one who is meditating me. He has a dream and I am it.' I knew that when he awakened I would no longer be . . . The figure of the yogi, then, would represent my unconscious prenatal wholeness . . . .." (C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, p.229).
Wholeness is native to our nature as humans. In the deep meditation that is daily life lived with awareness, we can rediscover our wholeness. It comes as a sense of well being, sensitivity to self and others, and a natural feeling for spirituality. The master yogi, with time and patience, restored himself to a wholeness that was open to ongoing change. He had become too into himself and his life, losing vital balance. With perspective restored, that quality of valuing self, others, and life then, as he commented, " . . . My peace of mind has returned. I am once again whole."