“3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS QUOTE CHALLENGE”: Day 3
I have been nominated to participate in the 3 Day quote challenge:
Rules for the Challenge:
1.) Thank the person who nominated you.
2.) Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3.) Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
4.) Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.
I was nominated by Didi, who shares a spiritual oasis of inspiration and who creates the most amazing digital art in his blog:
Thank you dear Didi for sharing your spiritual light through your beautiful blog!
DAY THREE QUOTE:
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
Our emotional reactions to others could actually be showing us something about ourselves if we pay attention and become mindful. This does not mean that other people may not be cruel, selfish or abusive sometimes, or that our judgement about such behaviour is completely unfounded.
However, Psychological Projection is a self-defense mechanism which involves projecting our own insecurities, flaws and weaknesses onto others. When we strongly judge someone else to be rude or unkind, we could be doing so in order to avoid confronting these flaws in ourselves. According to Jung, we all have a dark, unknown “shadow” side to our personalities, a more primitive instinctive part of us capable of experiencing anger, envy, greed, jealousy, etc. This unknown side also is a great source of creativity and insight. These are parts of ourselves that we are not consciously aware of, as we tend to repress them, they make us more vulnerable to projection. However, as we consciously work to know ourselves more mindfully, we become more in tune with those areas and are able to integrate them into our conscious awareness. It is not the action of others but our emotional reaction that can become one of the most useful tools for self reflection. Others can actually act as mirrors of our “unseen” areas in ourselves.
Whenever we’re judgmental of others, we’re, most often, judging ourselves. Again, this does not mean that we are identifying with the rapist or the war criminal. However, when we are triggered by another person in a way that’s obsessive, it may just be that what we dislike in them, is likely something we dislike about ourselves. Sometimes what we consider an imperfection in other people pushes our buttons or touches aspects of ourselves that demand our attention.
When we think about all of us being interconnected and part of the same One Source, we know that all people are essentially the same at some deep level. Let us consider that what we call “others” is a part of “us” (from the One Source) that has been manifested in different physical manifestations, with different experiences, believes, and points of view. I discuss this further in a previous post titled “The mirror of Truth” by Rumi : https://amiracarluccio.com/2018/02/11/the-mirror-of-truth-rumi/
There are so many circumstances outside of our control in our lives such as under what social-cultural-economic conditions we’re born and raised, our individual experiences or traumatic events that can set us on very different life trajectories. Is it possible that given certain circumstances we could also be capable of doing what disturbs us?
If we become irritated by someone else we can use this emotional reaction as an opportunity to examine ourselves; to see what it could be mirroring about our shadow selves. Everyone is our mirror. Many times, we hold others to a standard we impose on ourselves. If we apply this knowledge to all our relationships, we can transform them, and while introspecting, we will learn more about ourselves.
My 9 Nominations are:
Participation in this challenge is of course optional 🙂
- Cate @ https://zenofhen.wordpress.com
- Michele @ https://rabbitpatchdiary.com
- Anita Bowden @ https://onelightonesource.com
- Cristian Mihai @ https://cristianmihai.net
- Anna ( https://cancerkillingrecipe.me/ ) @
- Jurgens Pieterse @ https://zeal4living.com
- Estrella Cuesta Fernández. @ https://ceibaterapias.wordpress.com
Jazz Jaeschke @ https://stepsandpauses.wordpress.com
- Wael @ https://waelsworld.wordpress.com