Thursday, July 17, 2014
The following is an excerpt from Jung's Red Book, a volume which he "downloaded" in an altered state. The "speaker" appears to be Jung's own inner guide or higher self: in fact, the message resembles channeled information. Jung, of course, followed the advice given here, and thus became one of the most original thinkers of his time. Likewise, luminaries such as Andrew Harvey advocate what Andrew calls the "direct path," one which follows the advice of the inner counsel, rather than that of outside experts and authorities. And, of course, yours truly has always relied on the "inner guru" rather than outside systems to follow the Kundalini path. The latter, is I believe, the ultimate teacher, and will offer sage instruction to all who will listen, both through feelings and words.
This choice does not mean that one does not glean all possible wisdom from various teachers and writers, but rather that one is selective, testing all assertions and instructions for oneself rather than blindly following someone else's beliefs.
Believe me: It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you. On what basis should I presume to teach you? I give you news of the way of THIS man, but not of your own way.
My path is not your path, therefore I cannot teach you. The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in teachings, nor in laws. Within us is the way, the truth, and the life.
Woe betide those who live by way of examples! Life is not with them. If you live according to an example, you thus live the life of that example, but who should live your own life if not yourself?
So live yourselves.
The signposts have fallen, unblazed trails lie before us. Do not be greedy to gobble up the fruits of foreign fields. Do you not know that you yourselves are the fertile acre which bears everything that avails you?
Yet who today knows this? Who knows the way to the eternally fruitful climes of the soul?
You seek the way through mere appearances, you study books and give ear to all kinds of opinions. What good is all that?
There is only one way and that is your way, only one law exists, and that is your law, only one truth exists and that is your truth.
You seek the path? I warn you away from my own. It can also be the wrong way for you. May each go his own way.
(Page 125 of the Reader's Edition of The Red Book, Liber Primus, The Way of What is to Come, )