April 22, 2019

About Hans Jecklin

Hans Jecklin — Some 40 years ago, as an entrepreneur in music business, Hans Jecklin got involved in Jungian psychology, leading into a deep exploration of various forms of meditation, spiritual traditions and processes of inner change. His integrated experiences are the basis of his present work as a coach and mentor for conscious evolution in and beyond Switzerland. Hans, the author of two books including A New Spirit in Business, is an initiator of Global Spirituality.

Exploring the Unique Self and Beyond (Part 6): The Power of Infinite Wisdom and Love

By Hans Jecklin

Three days ago, I received an e-mail from a Tai-Chi teacher, obviously written in a state of doubt and despair. Having stumbled over my website, she realized that she could intellectually understand every word but felt unable to connect with the reality behind them. In her struggle for survival she must have lost the connection to her own heart and now felt abandoned in deep sadness and painful longing.

My first intuition was to offer her a session when I would be in Zürich next week, but she insisted that she had to come to Autigny (our home in the french part of Switzerland) for a 5-day individual retreat: Becoming who we really are” .  My agenda being full for the following weeks, I could only offer her a five-day-period starting today by sacrificing my week-end. Inspite of my wife’s protest and my own need for the well-planned pause, I felt that I needed to change plans and accommodate her. And so she arrived yesterday in the late afternoon. [Read more…]

Exploring the Unique Self and beyond (Part 5): Making it real ….

By Hans Jecklin

Writing and conversing over the beauty and magnitude of the Unique Self is one thing. Transferring it to our own real life is the real challenge. As illustrates a recent e-mail exchange with a friend:

Good morning Hans

It is humbling but also motivating what you have written.  I nearly wrote “managed” to write, but it flows too smoothly, so “managed” conveys struggle, no, there is no struggle for you the author. 

 The “where to begin” is the problem on this end.  So I shall go back to Nr 1, read again and then move very slowly through the others.  I just wonder if I am able to keep abreast of your profound experience, even just following it, not even becoming active.  I shall try, it is confirming to me that the struggles in life, my life?, will remain, how we manage them is something else. 

May I allow myself forwarding to a very special friend in Biel?  She and her husband, hmmm, yes, I would like to do this and can’t imagine anything but whole-hearted reception on her end.

Ann

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Thank you, Ann, for your feedback. The struggle is not writing these texts, they come quite easily and are of course based on experience. But still: the real challenges come from what life presents to us and when it reveals as what we do not want at all. And maybe, the Unique Self wants us to become an ever clearer instrument and leads us into exactly those conflicts that have the potential to open our minds? [Read more…]

Exploring the Unique Self and Beyond (Part 4): Eros – in Search of Enlightenment

By Hans Jecklin

Eros needs human consciousness to become enlightened. He cannot do it by himself. Only enlightened human consciousness can embrace the huge evolutionary span wherein Eros manifests as what I understand a primordial driving force of evolution: Supreme Grace.

We can see with awe how on all levels of manifestation – from matter to spirit – a similar pattern of attraction between wholes leads to connection and unification into ever-greater wholes: Eros at work, guided by a greater intelligence.

When we look at human relations and love, it is interesting to watch Eros at work on many levels, most of them being unconscious: Survival instincts in many guises – physical, vital, emotional, mental – that do not differ so much from what we can observe in the animal world. Beyond the realm driven by instincts, it is very likely that what Jungian psychology understands as projection of anima or animus on a partner is a human accomplishment: It means that we are attracted to the other by what we believe to be missing in ourselves.

This the nature of Eros which Socrates relates in Plato’s Symposium as a teaching he has just been given by the sage Diotima: Eros as an aspect of human nature that incessantly searches and creates outer connections which he cannot escape to lose, until he finally understands his true history and fate.

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Exploring the Unique Self and beyond …. Searching for God’s place (Part 3)

Fribourg

 

By Hans Jecklin

This post continues from Part 2.

On my walk around the old pitoresque city of Fribourg, I suddenly got struck by an inspiration: The old images of God have been de-mistified long ago — I started to talk in my head – but many of us still experience a fear of being judged or even punishment by an unconscious authority that is being projected to the outside of ourselves: if it is not God whom we fear, it is society with its threat of exclusion, if we do not fit expectations.

But where could we imagine or locate God or — if we prefer — that all-encompassing force of eternal love and wisdom that is the origin of all that is? I believe to know a spiritual map with only “my” Unique Self and the Prior Unity of all cosmic potentials between myself and the ONE. But there is no room for God, especially if I understand my experience of the ONE as merely the state of oneness at the edge of that huge black (w)hole from which the cosmos manifests and where it might collapse into in a far ahead future; maybe manifesting a new cosmos on the backside of the hole? [Read more…]

Exploring the Unique Self and beyond …. Dialogue and Guidance (Part 2)

Child in Light

Photo Credit: Mara ~earth light~

By Hans Jecklin

This post is continued from Part 1.

Whenever I wish to enter into dialogue with the Unique Self or ask for its guidance, I first feel an impulse to bow to its all-encompassing wisdom and love. It seems important for me to always remember that the Unique Self is not a useful tool of my ego but that I am its manifestation at this moment, with a determination to become an ever more transparent instrument of its unique potential.

When I thought about writing this blog in the middle of the night, I had a vision of the eternal and undivided ONE from which all potentials and probabilities ready to manifest as and in this cosmos keep arising from moment to moment; my Unique Self being one single aspect of what I understand as Prior Unity of all manifestation. Allowing myself to be taken in by this vision, I immediately experience a state of absolute stillness, like having come home. [Read more…]

Exploring the Unique Self and beyond … Discovery and Gratitude (Part 1)

Hands Reflection

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks

 

By Hans Jecklin

When, more than 40 years ago, I undertook my first steps into the cosmos of Jungian psychology, I was soon confronted with the opposition of an “I”, the person I am in this life, and the “Self” that Carl Gustav Jung understood as both the source and fulfillment of the “I” or as the prior source of potentials for the “I” to manifest in life. Jung was aware of the danger for the “I” to identify with this “Autonomous Reality” or “Divine Archetype” and warned of ego-inflation when a person would – even unconsciously – try to occupy or control that higher reality.

This mostly intellectual differentiation of “I” and “Self” accompanied me for a long time after I started my spiritual search. The longing for the direct experience of God had not only led me beyond psychology, but also to quit the reformed (Christian) church that had been my parents’ choice. I then spent nearly twenty years of practicing Zazen, Tao Yoga and Kashmir Shivaism and went through many dis-illusions, having mis-taken the impermanent for the eternal, until finally grace took over. [Read more…]