Academic journal article Generations

Mobility for the Inner Journey

Academic journal article Generations

Mobility for the Inner Journey

Article excerpt

Humans, by nature, are beings "on the move" whose horizons are forever expanding. Our goals draw us to them-goals that vary depending on what stage of life we inhabit.

As humans, we live both outside of ourselves (in society) and within ourselves (in our psyches). In both instances, we engage in mobility-outwardly, moving from one place to another, and inwardly, going from one level of understanding to another. Constantly creating symbolic destinations, we seek to fathom the mysteries within ourselves. Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychologist, demonstrated the efficacy of our inner world. He spoke of the unconscious as the storehouse of inner knowledge, wisdom, and latent experience. He spoke of the self, the essential guide of our inner world. He also alluded to the mobility that occurs in the inner realm.

Jung taught that in each stage of our lives, our mobility has its own goal and direction. In our earlier years, we acquire the skills and the ambition to succeed (whatever that may mean to each individual) in the outer world-the world of status, achievement, and universal acknowledgement. …

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