“To let the unconscious go it’s own way and to experience it as reality is something that exceeds the courage and capacity of the average European. He prefers simply not to understand this problem. For the spiritually weakened this is the better course, since the thing is not without its dangers.” – Carl Gustav Jung

The basic idea of Jungian psychology involves the task of making the unconscious conscious and integrating what is discovered in the unconscious as part of the conscious personality. This may seem very heady and difficult to grasp, but we must try to think of it as seeing that there are parts of ourselves that are hidden in the shadows, parts of ourselves that we would really prefer not to explore –these unconscious parts of ourselves affect our lives, they pull us into situations, they attract certain people, they actually create circumstances that, without an awareness we tend to view (these situations) as somewhat beyond our control. We tend to think of these things as something that is happening to us like fate as opposed to something we might actually be partially responsible for.  In other words; it appears that events are happening to us from the outside and we say or we think, “I can’t help it” or “it’s not my fault that this is happening to me”.  The more we become conscious of what is unconscious in us, the less we are prone to suffer the effects of what lies in the shadows of consciousness.

Note: The conscious and the unconscious are not two minds. The conscious mind is simply that part of the mind that we are aware of during our awakened states. We can’t be fully conscious of the unconscious mind because one of the brain’s primary functions is to limit or concentrate conscious awareness. However,  we can expand awareness of the unconscious intelligence through intuition-and by developing certain skills that can increase this intuition.

Samantha Matern – Counselor & Life Coach

In addition to being an expert addictions specialist, individual and family counselor – Samantha has over 20 years of life coaching experience. Samantha Matern has a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence, and a registered Certification in Addictions Counseling. Samantha is also a Certified Addictions Educator. She has completed her training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)  and has worked extensively with all forms of neurosis and addictions as well as trauma and dual diagnosis psychiatric patients with both mental illness and chemical dependency.