• Nadeem Gibran Salaam

Life Is An Act Between Integration or Fragmentation (A Jungian Perspective On Living & Dying)

If you're in your heart of hearts expending conscious energy towards aligning the maligned and mending the fractures of our cosm, I would never call you an idealist. While there are many classifications of phenomena acquisition per each individuals inner-structure of mind—from biological history we are like little reanimated legacies. We are all little creatures of the now once again, facing divine ebb and flow, from cruelty to abundance, from feast to famine.

Manifesting into an individual, we fill these experiences with forgotten knowledge, our cups are shaped and weathered by nature without bias. While we're alone with pools of emotion that pour from the cups of love and loss. Each spring that punches pavement to out reach the sky from its slumber, eventually burns under the hot summer sun, before repeating the process. In this way, we too wash up at the shores of a singular ultimate inescapable road to ruin. We are in decay.

Through the lens of science, work in the field of genetics provides a materialist view of the genetic world of legacy; across first our family lineage, then through the broader lens of the human species. Consider now what we are and what we do here is reborn not only genetically but spiritually too like Psychologist Carl Jung, who perhaps provided the most distinguished inquiry into the realm of psycho-spiritual cycles through Archetypes. (Images that remain readily accessible to humans across time.) Like genetics, both from the family nucleus—to homo sapiens as species, micro to macro, the archetypes are then the images in the soul and mind of humans that endure within us, life, death, rebirth, sex, love, mother, father, God. Jung said, "“The primordial image, or archetype, is a figure — be it a daemon, a human being, or a process — that constantly recurs in the course of history and appears wherever creative fantasy is freely expressed. Essentially, therefore, it is a mythological figure. In each of these images there is a little piece of human psychology and human fate, a remnant of the joys and sorrows that have been repeated countless times in our ancestral history."

How Does This Apply To Us?

In the Jungian perspective it’s a good business to take care of one’s lot and even their families and society. But we often see how people who want to change the outside world become terribly unconscious of their behavior. This is because many people cannot manage their internal system. We join groups, we join teams, but often fail to master the forces governing the individual inside. If we look at Integration the Theory Of Individuation, the achievement of self-actualization comes through a process of integrating the conscious and the unconscious. What did Jung imply by unconscious here? Is it to be taken as your personal pool of memory you have forgotten? Well, in the most rudimentary way, that is one facet we’re talking about, but what we are really talking about is, what's below the field of our awareness. The fractured contents of one’s psyche, a topic I explore in depth in my upcoming book/course.

It is often said with the rational mind, the ego, we are so sure of who we are and what we mean by what we say (sometimes assuring the world of the innocence of our meaning or absolution of responsibility for what we say) never the less, the pattern of behavior hanging beyond us inflates like the shadow of a large balloon. If this shadow were to be inverted to us, it would reveal a person of its own; a person whom we may even detest through the lens of who we say we are for certain, even whom we proclaim we are not. This is why every Joker needs a Batman and vice versa.

This was Jung’s meaning in making the unconscious conscious and why it’s so crucial to be aware of our shadows. We may never remove them fully, maybe that's not even the goal, because as the sun may never stop casting one off our shoulders, we can however expand our awareness to rid ourselves of unconsciuos maladaptive possession. Making our shadows conscious may give us the tools at our very most essential disposal to become whole, it begins by saying, I don't want to be controlled by this. Why am I compelled to be controlled by this? What would my life look like if I didn't pay service to this compulsion? Am I really in control of my psyche?

For some, the tree you were manifested into provides the most training in transcending the ego and armor for societal folly. For many others like me who grew up in a poor neighborhood, embarking upon the hero’s journey becomes even more necessary as your immediate nucleus attempts to rob you of access to your divine nature. You can set a ripple forth by accepting that it is on your shoulders, a new life to transcend the errors of old life. Integrating your shadow means accepting life, when we look to the past we're depressed, when we look to the future we are anxious, when we are in accord with our presence, we are aligned with potential. Life is potential and it's most alive in the presence of nowness.


The journey inwards was the entire point people say after traveling the world. There was, like in all fairytales or great epics, no other way around it, for wherever one goes there they are. The storm, must be journeyed into for “He is no hero who never met the dragon, or who, if he once saw it, declared afterwards that he saw nothing. Equally, only one who has risked the fight with the dragon and is not overcome by it wins the hoard, the “treasure hard to attain.” It is with the most seriousness why I say through the rebirth of our genes, our psycho-spiritual relationship to family and others are the inevitable return towards primordial integration or fragmentation at the doors of what gave us existence. What we do with our time doesn’t just fade with the air in our lungs. Not only did your interaction in the matrix influence your future nucleus tree (ancestry) but the concepts and codes future micro and macro-cosm's build upon. From the materialist perspective, genetics are written through challenges and passed on in this way.

What you leave behind are remnants of psycho-spiritual information that pull the ship towards integration or fragmentation, we should choose wisely for everyone else’s sake.