I heard recently that the famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung (1875-1861) said all psychological problems are at their core spiritual. I couldn’t verify this was an accurate quote, but in my research, it was obvious Jung believed there is a direct correlation between psychological and spiritual wellbeing as is reflected in these words:
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
As I enter a new season of intense study into the matter of spiritual direction from a Christian perspective, I’ve been doing a lot of introspection about the importance of spiritual connection. Jung’s words ring true for me. Glancing through the rearview mirror at my lifetime, I realize my most pivotal moments have occurred when my awareness was awakened at a spiritual level.
As I’ve taken time—or sometimes simply out of the blue–to look into my heart, the ‘still, small voice’ of the Divine Spirit has awakened:
- Peace instead of pain.
- Resilience rather than regrets.
- Courage in place of fears.
- Direction instead of doubts.
Trusting the Spirit requires:
- Embracing the mystery of a God I cannot see.
- Trusting God is good and will lead me onto good paths.
- Believing God sees what I cannot see; God knows what I cannot know; and God can do what I cannot do.
- Jumping from the arms of certainty into the unknown of faith.
Is it possible, as the old saying suggests, that one can become so Heavenly—or spiritually—minded that he or she is no earthly good? I believe so. The kind of spiritual direction I desire, the type of spiritual experiences I want to have and will encourage others to seek, will not only awaken us on the “inside,” but will flow outwardly and will result in a more Christ-like character whose outside dreams align with these words of Jesus:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30 & 31
As I embark on this venture of spiritual direction, I hope you’ll come along with me. Together, I believe we’ll all awaken to new possibilities God has in store for us.
I’m praying for you and would feel honored if you felt led to pray for me…