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The deeper self

Sense of self is a creative product of evolution. The ``me now'' sense of self is essential to protect our fragile bodies. Evolution has created other senses of self. These include identification with ones immediate family, extended family, community or tribe, nation and religious heritage.

These identities have evolutionary roots. Only instincts that support survival in both the short and long term can evolve. As the sense of self becomes more inclusive the focus shifts to a longer time scale. Finding enough to eat is a matter of immediate survival. Building a stable family involves the time scale of a generation. Identifying with a nation connects one to a history beyond human life span and an indefinite future. Religious and spiritual instincts connect us to the creative evolutionary process.

In exploring these senses of self we will be guided by the psychology of Jung. Jung's work is an intuitive guide and not an intellectual theory. We are traversing an arena where there are no definitive answers. Indeed our collective task is to create the answers that do not exist.



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