The psychotherapeutic art of Heraclitus

The word “psyche” (soul) is connected to “physein” (Greek, to blow ...

I have here a good article about how two giant psychologists explain the finest curves of our soul.
I did my best to translate from Greek. thanks for your interests, blessing.

By SearchingTheMeaningOfLife

The psychotherapeutic art of Heraclitus, which can cure the disharmony that reigns in our psychic world but also in society.

In such a short phrase as the above, the great Ephesian philosopher Heraclitus – the so-called dark philosopher of the ancient Greek spirit – was able to capture the truth about the human soul, formulating it with simple and shocking clarity. Heraclitus holds a special place not only in ancient Greek philosophy but also in the field of -youngian mainly- psychotherapy since Heraclitus philosophy clearly influenced the Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist, Carl G.Jung.

Jung incorporated in his philosophical system but also in the methods of a psychotherapy that he applied, the famous Law of Crossing which is based on the philosophy of Heraclitus on the harmony of opposites. Jung attributed the inspiration and philosophical conception of this Law to Heraclitus himself, who was the first to speak of the urgent need to unite opposites, both in Nature and in man himself. Jung always tried – during his psychotherapeutic course – to spread a bridge of communication between two seemingly opposite elements in the personality of his patients: the conscious on the one hand (with rational thinking and critical mind) and the unconscious on the other. (with all his primordial and unruly actions.)

This coexistence of conscious and unconscious, with their diametrically opposed forces, was for Jung the key to the mental balance of every human being, just as for Heraclitus the wonderful order and function of the Universe was based on the harmony of opposite elements in Nature: day and night, light and darkness, heat and cold, winter and summer.

The Balance of Opposites
For Jung, the Law of Opposition is the wisest psychological law, as it serves man’s path to self-realization, through redefining and redefining his life.
According to the Law of Crossroads, when an energy flow, a psychic potential develops unilaterally and is consolidated as a way of life – without the completion of its opposite – it will reach the highest point of development and manifestation and then a diametrically opposite will follow.
of course from the original, so that the manifested psychic energy can include and assimilate its opposite, which until then had been neglected. Jung had said that every action always has two poles. The purpose of the Enantiopry is, therefore, the balance of these two opposite poles.

For example, when one has expressed a one-dimensional sexual life, based on intense erotic passion, pleasure, emotional excitement and instinctive arousal, but at the expense of his spirituality and the collective dimension of his soul (which includes the needs of others people, partners – erotic or not), with an axis of satisfaction only his own individual soul and its egocentric, narcissistic needs, then it will come at some point in the life of this person, an “unexpected”, shocking event (in the form of a serious accident or a catalytic “misfortune”), or an “unexplained” but persistent psychosomatic or organic symptom), or a prolonged, deep melancholy, or even a tyrannical ideology (like phobias, that did not exist before and seem incomprehensible, intense hypochondriac tendencies and obsessive-compulsive behaviours), which will manifest as a critical and decisive turning point. An almost borderline situation – between collapse and elevation -, a balance into enabling the hitherto one-sided and egocentric expression of sexuality to be transformed into the emotional sharing with the other side and the recognition of a spiritual, higher dimension in the soul of the individual himself, which until then remained unfolded.

Sex life
The course of human sexuality for Jung is a perfect application of the Law of Crossing: It begins vigorously and rapidly in the instincts and passions, reaches maximum levels of climax, arousal and filling to follow in about middle age (the time point, where the Enantiodromia occurs) a gradual, downward course.
Instincts and impulses recede to enter more spiritual and psychic elements. Someone who does not take into account the manifestation of the Law of the Cross will be led, according to Jung, to sexual nerves and emotional disorders, the severity of which will depend on the life of the person until then.

The Law of the Crossing has its own consequences. A life focused solely on sexuality and sensuality will initially bring pleasure and satisfaction, but later on sexual dysfunction and depression. Of course, the Enantiodromia can be valid in the opposite case: Someone who lives a sterile – emotionally, erotically and sexually – spiritual life, for the sake of the intellect and at the expense of his sexual and material side, to feel – in some unexpected phase of his life – an unprecedented, erotic passion, so intense and insane, that it completely diverts him from the hitherto spiritual and calm course of his life. Or he may show symptoms of boredom, depression, emotional emptiness, which will always remind him that a part of himself – less spiritual but just as important – has remained unexpressed and incomplete.

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