Thursday, 26 May 2011
James Hillman, renegade Jungian psychotherapist and founder of Archetypal Psychology, said of Hope that when Pandora let all the evils out of the box, the last one out, and the only one she managed to trap, was Hope. Hope as an evil, as precisely part of the problem rather than the solution, is not something we are accustomed to thinking about in our "Think Positive" culture. For myself, I've certainly had that sense, that discarding hope may sometimes be the way to truly accept and start to live with a given situation, rather than wishing for something that can never be. And that is the first step in the process of finding happiness - accepting what is.
Obviously, this brings me to the Serenity Prayer. The distinction is in whether or not we can change something, and if we can't then hoping we may someday be able to is probably unhelpful. Perhaps, though, we can hope to find happiness even when circumstances are not what we would wish for - hoping for life without false hope...
I'd be fascinated to hear what others think: hope, good or bad, or does it all depend?
Illustration is the Star from the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke, illustrated by Giovanni Caselli.