The Four Ego Personalities and the
Unconscious Child and Parent Within
All living things are not only what they are, but what they were. An alcoholic is still an alcoholic although he has not had a drink in twenty years. Someone who has deliberately killed another human being is still a murderer although he has not taken a life in over a decade. A poor man might become rich, but the memory of these years of poverty never completely fades.
Metamorphosis is possible only for insects, as human beings have not yet learned to shed their skin. For mammal or human, what you were and what you have experienced greatly influence, if not determine what you will become. Growth is the nature of all living things, but complete transcendence occurs only with death.
As a tree grows, the young tree that it once was never disappears, rather, layer upon layer comes to be superimposed on its core. Deep inside, the baby tree that it once was is still alive. The way in which the young tree first took shape, the forces that acted on it, the twists, turns, bends, and breaks that have been caused by wind, rain, humans, or