Posts Tagged 'audio'

Complexes and Meditation

Buddhist teacher and practitioner Reggie Ray discusses complexes and how they can arise in meditation in a Sounds True interview called Dark Retreat with Tami Simon. You can subscribe to Sounds True podcasts via iTunes, or you can listen online from your computer (you may have to sign up for a free membership to listen).

Reggie Ray: “The purpose of meditation is to help us make a transition in life, beginning with us being locked up in our habitual patterns, and in the pettiness of our whole self-maintenance project. To be a human in the ordinary sense is to be looking for comfort and survival and to ward off whatever pain there may be out there. In the service of that project we construct this idea of a self-identity that we’re always trying to promote and protect. We use everything in our environment to try to feed our desire for pleasure and we’re fending off an awful lot of what life brings to us, pushing it away and trying to avoid it. The purpose of meditation is to help us dismantle our armor and the self-protection that we put around ourselves so that we can experience our lives in a much more open and naked way—much deeper, much faster, much fuller—so that we can develop in ourselves, really, a sense of freedom from this ego prison. . . .

We have to dismantle the patterns of pettiness that are activated when we’re in our ordinary life. What happens in the darkness is, once the mind really starts opening up, you start meeting some very interesting people. These interesting people are people from your past who are affecting you and actually taking you over right now as you live your life. They are undeveloped or incomplete parts of ourselves—what Jung called complexes. They are little bundles of conditioned response that have developed in relationship to all kinds of situations throughout our whole life going back to probably when we were in the womb. . . .

As children, all of us have this experience of being very little and having these big people in our environment. The problem with the big people is, in our estimation, they were supposed to take care of us, and they had the power to resolve things that we couldn’t resolve—pain, hunger, fear, whatever—and they often didn’t do it. That experience is in us and the resultant response of resentment and anger and even rage, is activated all the time in our lives. It comes up all the time in relation to anybody we perceive as big. The problem with that response coming up is that we shut down and we actually live in the emotional state of that two year old.

. . . That’s what we call samsara: that we live from one limited state to the other, depending on which external situation is going on out there. Do we feel betrayed? Do we feel undermined? Do we feel undernourished? Do we feel abused? Whatever it may be, we never get out. That’s what the prison is: It’s the kaleidoscope of these inferior parts of ourselves.

What happens in darkness practice is something will come up and take over the field of consciousness, and I become the two year old. The interesting thing is, usually in life when that starts happening, we go call a friend, or we’ll turn on the TV, or we’ll eat some chocolate, or we’ll have a drink, or we’ll get in the car and go shopping, but in the darkness, there are no breaks.There’s nothing you can do about it. You’re stuck! Amazingly enough, that’s how you resolve that person: by becoming that person and living through the experience that person had from the beginning to the end.”

The Power of Myth

Bill Moyers will be making available audio podcasts in 2 parts from his historic PBS interview with Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, over the next 2 weeks while PBS is doing its pledge drive. You can listen to the podcasts directly from your computer or you can download the podcasts to listen to on your media player.

Man as Hero

“Parsifal” by Jean Delville, 1890

A perfect audio lecture to listen to for this year’s study topic—Robert Johnson speaking in May 1987 for the Journey into Wholeness series. He talks particularly about the myth of Parsifal and King Arthur. The talk is slanted toward the hero in men specifically, but is definitely of interest for women as well. Though this lecture happened 20+ years ago, his discussion of the Red Knight and how he appears in terrorists is even more pertinent today.

The lecture is in two parts and you can either listen to it from the website or you can download the two files to listen from computer, iPod, or burn to CD.


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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