“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?
Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.” — Carl Gustav Jung
Carl Jung (1) tells us that your childhood is where you’ll find interesting clues about which path you should pursue to fulfill your dreams.
If we take time to search for our childhood memories, we’ll find some valuable lessons for building a better future. It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, educational, or career level. This exercise will confirm or redirect your efforts to your academic and career goals.
Valuable Clues Exploring Memories
It’s never too late to redirect your path to find happiness. Follow your passion, and you’ll be a lot happier. To do this, you must identify what drives your passions and dreams. These childhood passions are the key to a fulfilling life path as an adult.
Obstacles and Problems
One main issue is that we listen to what others want us to become. We genuinely don’t know what we want. We have no clue what path will lead us to our dreams. Another obstacle is our well-meaning families.
Sometimes our families have plans for our lives and careers, which ignore our passions and dreams. Because we are “good children,” we try to please our parents. We learn to please other people or other institutions; this is only a substitute for what we desire. Therefore, our earthly pursuits become a journey of pain instead of a path of pleasure.
We get a lot of programming from our dominant cultural narrative. It is always telling us to buy stuff to fill the need for happiness. It’s those simple pleasures of childhood playtime that lead us to our genuine passions. It’s both as easy as exploring memories and as difficult as unearthing deep memories.
The Key to Your Earthly Pursuits
When a child plays, they live in the moment. They explore what brings them happiness, and then they immerse themselves. Our memories of moments like this are keys to happiness as an adult. Let’s see if we can’t find some of these blissful memories to connect with our genuine interests and passions.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― Carl Gustav Jung
This exercise is simple but powerful. It will give you some valuable data to help you make big life decisions. You will get the best results when you gather at least a week or more data, and two weeks is ideal. Don’t let our family and culture cover up the valuable clues that will lead us to happiness.
Exploring Memories of Your Childhood
Step one is to get a notebook or journal. You’ll need something you can keep handy and jot down handwritten notes for at least a week.
Step two “set” your intention. Establish the goal of finding positive childhood memories. Seek memories where you are playing, where you were “in the moment.” Find those times when you were lost in your imagination. Then wait for things to surface. Set your intention, ask yourself, what did I love to do and play as a child? Write this question in your journal.
Don’t force things to happen. Ask the subconscious to seek positive memories. Some people find it helpful to say out loud, “find positive childhood memories.” When you do this, it introduces you to the power of the “repeating question.” It is important to remember that our memory of past events can positively or negatively color our perception. Time changes our memories.
Step three, do this exercise every day for at least a week. Use a timer on your smartwatch or calendar. Set your attention to finding these positive childhood memories at least once a day. You can do it at lunchtime or anytime you have a few minutes to write the things that come to the surface. It’s essential to use a handwritten journal or notebook. Your handwriting connects to your subconscious mind.
For this exercise, we want to focus on positive memories. Recalling childhood play-time can help us understand ourselves. These are links to our inner desires. Many people find it helpful to play music from your childhood. It will help you connect with the target memories. If you run into negative stuff, bypass it for now.
Realize that your subconscious mind wants you to know what will make you happy. Once you know this, it can become a life-changer. The key to your earthly pursuits is in your positive childhood memories.
Step four “review” your results. After a week or so, you will begin to see a pattern emerging in your notes. These patterns are the valuable clues you have been looking for regarding your true passions. Many people find it is just a few simple tasks and themes that resonate. It is that simple, and it only takes a short time to get results.
We use this exercise as a foundational process in our groups; it’s part of our blended learning process. We then use another activity to explore memories further to identify values and potential roadblocks.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
This journey back to our childhood through memories is one of the best ways to unlock a fulfilling future. Jung provides an essential lesson. Childhood memories of play hold the key to your earthly pursuits.
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(1) Carl Jung, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell; Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia