Why think of it as a challenge or Pandora’s Box? If I can’t bring the brain to order, relieve it of its limited condition, who am I to descend into the dungeon of darkness without a light? If I can open Pandora’s box, why, knowing what it is, would I be tempted to do it?
Well there’s great energy in Pandora’s Box. And potential insights waiting to happen, insights now prevented by repression. (I know that, to whatever extent, from experience peering into the Box and from reading people like Jung who shared their explorations and findings in the Box.) The mix that I feel of curiosity and anticipation of learning make the prospect of exploring the Box very appealing.
But I get why you might not want to join me, reminds me a bit of why I won’t risk psychedelics.
Is one way of approaching this topic to consider the difference, the gap, the tension, between the image or ideal of how we want ourselves to be (including how we want others to see us), and how we actually are?
As James explained, our dark side is what the brain’s PC conditioning chooses to be less self-aware of, so would the brain propose to explore what the brain chooses to be unaware of, or would it begin the exploration peremptorily?
Are you talking about my proposing to journey into the deep end of the pool in this thread, saying that the proposing is an indicator that I don’t really want to do the deep dive? If you are, my response would be: How else am I going to start a group discussion about individual and collective darkness? How are any specific discussions started here or anywhere else without intention?
If starting a discussion matters more to you than finding out what you’re hiding, how serious can you be? Unless, that is, you’re not hiding anything; that you have no dark side and you’re selflessly acting to help us…