I just have to share this, because it’s toooo weird/interesting/magic.
So, the other day I was perusing the psychology section of the used book selection in the Goodwill next to my house. My eyes happened upon a anthology of essays about Shadow: “Meeting the Shadow.” As I mentioned in a different post, I’ve been engaging pretty deeply in shadow work over the last year or so. So, picking it up and flipping through the book, I landed on an essay by Georg Feuerstein: “The Shadow of the Enlightened Guru.”
Reading over it, I was thoroughly impressed. It expressed, more eloquently than I have been able to, an idea I’ve been trying to articulate for a while: that ‘enlightenment’ doesn’t equate to ‘psychological health;’ gurus still have personalities, and those personalities can have shadows. I didn’t want to buy the book, but I saved the author and essay title for later investigation.
Here is the first synchronicity. Feuerstein’s wikipedia page, informed me that Wilber considers him “Gebser’s foremost American interpreter.” That’s a interesting coincidence.
It gets stranger. I read this right after I finished the section in EoP that is talking about Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Finishing my reading early today, I took a look at a tab I’ve had open on my browser clarifying the meaning of Systasis & Synairesis (I’ve been having trouble with the concepts). And, mind you, this was open before my trip to Goodwill, but, the article (which happens to be written by @achronon) quotes Feuerstein.
Anyway, magic at play…all the while, mental/rational, attempts to explain it away.