What Is Real Is Determined by What You Think – Not By What Is Real

graphic of jury in deliberation room
Okay, It’s Unanimous. He is 80% Guilty!

He is guilty!

No, innocent!



How is it that twelve people watching the exact same  gruesome emotional drama can arrive at completely opposite conclusions?

Obviously, the perceived reality of their shared experience must reside in the eye of each beholder.

Mooh Hah Hah Hah, It’s The Shadow To See You

The famous Swedish psychiatrist Carl Jung imagined a subconscious aspect of humanity which he called The Shadow.

CJ supposed that it is through these subconscious regions of the mind that all activity must first pass before we have an opportunity to decipher the incoming information and it is this aspect of our minds which is coloring the reality ultimately revealed to our psyche.

If Carl’s crew are right then that means most of the stuff I think is happening OUT THERE is actually first happening IN HERE.

Perhaps that is why this wacky concept is so difficult to comprehend.

Hey, My Red Kool Aid Tastes Green

What these deep thinkers are suggesting is that every bit of water we pour out of our jug of life is affected and altered by the container.

Your water tastes different from the H2O that everybody else is drinking even though it comes from the same stream and that is precisely the concept behind twelve people on a jury seeing the exact same evidence but coming up with different conclusions.

Understanding the concept of projection or transference is the premise behind Jungian SandPlay Therapy which applies the same methods we instinctively utilized as children to find a meeting point between our inner and outer lives. Jungian analysands utilize sand play to reveal this unconscious connection between what we imagine and what we create through the stories we conjure up and those stories are then analyzed to reveal expectations and perceptions.

graphic of xray human depicting how garbage info in leads to  garbage info out
Okay, Here’s The Problem; Dirty Filter.

We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Heads

Most folks have only a foggy idea of who might be writing their life story and yet they furiously scribble away day in and day out, wondering where the plot is taking them and marveling at why it always gets so thick.

With just a wee bit of effort we can learn to notice the incredible collision between our inner and outer realities and once we recognize this crucial aspect of life, we can get out of our own way.

And right into the path of those dang Jungians…

Thank you, friend.

Barry out

PS. If you invest the time to learn more about Carl Jung and his crew, you will learn something about yourself, too.




Barry Williams http://barry-williams.com/blog

Much of what I write will be quite understandable to insane folks.

The rest will be, uh, less understandable...

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    John McNally

    Very interesting Barry, Carl Jung has theories about dreams being a window into the ‘shadow’ of our subconscious. I know this because one of my unread books is “Interpretation of Dreams” by Carl Jung. 😉

    I have for a very long time accepted that there is no such thing as a “fact”, as Pontius Pilate said “What is Truth”? It’s the reason that some people have a very bad outlook on life, whereas others are extremely happy. Same world – different result.

    Keep these articles coming, they’re much more interesting than ‘Internet Marketing’. 🙂


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