looks inside

Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes.

Don’t get me wrong, dreaming is great. We need to use our imagination to see a reality that does not yet exist. It’s all part of the process to find success. But how will you know what dreams align with who you are unless you take the time for self-reflection? There’s no finish line when it comes to knowing who you are and what makes you happy. It’s a journey that continues until the day you die. But isn’t it fun to learn something new about yourself? “Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes.” ~Carl Jung looks inside


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  1. You don’t understand what Carl Jung meant… when you look outside, you’re perceiving reality with your mind and thoughts.. thoughts are just illusions, therefor you’re just in a dream of thoughts. When you look inside, from your heart, you are knowing truth and wake up from the illusionary dream of thoughts. The whole quote from Carl Jung is:

    “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ―

    1. Hi Pierre, thank you for your contribution. I don’t think we are far off, though my orginal comments were rudimentary. This from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Jungian Psychologist and author of Women Who Run With the Wolves:

      “From a philosophical point of view all is an illusion. The quote however originates within a psychological context and in my view refers to the following:

      A vision in this context is defined as: unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight.

      I believe what Jung is ‘saying’ is that we will have the ability to see life, to live life with unusual competence in discernment or perception and intelligent foresight should we live our lives from the inside outward. That we will be awake and aware when we do so.

      A dream in this context is defined as: state of abstraction; a trance; a wild fancy or hope. In other words, something that has been generated on the ‘outside’. When you live from the outside inward your vision become blurred, you are in a trace, you are not fully awake.

      I also think one can be both relieved and terrified when one wakes up from a dream especially when the dream was a Bluebeard in disguise. On the other hand I also believe that a dream when internalized and carefully considered can become a vision for one’s life.”

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