25 Of The Most Thought Provoking Carl Jung Quotes

1. There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

2. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

3. The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

4. In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

5. The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

6. A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

7. It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.

8. Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

9. Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

10. It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

11. Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

12. The collective unconscious consists of the sum of the instincts and their correlates, the archetypes. Just as everybody possesses instincts, so he also possesses a stock of archetypal images.

13. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?

14. The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

15. Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

16. For a young person, it is almost a sin, or at least a danger, to be too preoccupied with himself; but for the ageing person, it is a duty and a necessity to devote serious attention to himself

17. Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.

18. Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.

19. All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

20. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

21. Everyone knows nowadays that people ‘have complexes’. What is not so well known, though far more important theoretically, is that complexes can have us.

22. Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

23. Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

24. Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

25. If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

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CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES 2: Is Tanzania South Africa’s Trojan Horse? And Why Did Mandela Like Kagame But Zuma Doesn’t?

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THE TWISTS AND TURNS  in the story of how Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have tangled and untangled over the last 35 years to create both the current face-off between Kigali and Dar es Salaam, and the crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo today as reported in CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES 1: For Rwanda Its Back To 1996…And For Tanzania Its Back To Uganda 1982 were only beginning.

We need to look south for a moment.In 1994 Nelson Mandela became president of a free and democratic South Africa, and the African National Congress (ANC) took power.

In the many years before Mozambique gained independence from the Portuguese in 1974 after a long liberation war, the armed wing of ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”), like several other Southern African resistance movements, was based in Tanzania. Tanzania paid a dear price in endless raids by…

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So glad God does not require a smartphone

A week of shopping has made me wonder: am I smart enough to buy a smartphone?
HTC, iOS, WWDC, S3, Samung, G-U-L-P. How many models are there? How many options can one brain process? Carriers, updates, data plans, and sizes…someone help me! 3G, 4G, LTE, GSM, HSPA+. NFC, GPS, PPI. Dual-core, quad-core. Five megapixels, eight megapixels. Android 4.1, Android 4.2. iOS 6, iOS 7. Q10, Z10. Google Play, iTunes, iCloud. Windows Phone 8 (or is it Windows 8 Phone?). BlackBerry . iPhone 5, iPhone 5S. Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4. HTC One. Nexus 4.
Leaves me longing for the day of wired telephones . Changes happen so fast these days, can anyone keep up? By one estimate, there are some 37,000 smartphones on the market today. That was a month ago. Odds are the number is now 38,000. Increasing at the rate of the national debt. Are you kidding me?
I am glad, really glad, that talking to God does not require a smartphone. Jesus taught us to begin our prayers by saying, “Our Father in heaven” (Mt. 6:9). More specifically, our “Abba in heaven.” Abba was an intimate, tender, folksy, pedestrian term, the warmest of the Aramaic words for “father.” Formality stripped away. Proximity promised. Jesus invites us to approach God like a child approaches Daddy. No special training required. No monthly plan needed.
Stunning, don’t you think, that the highest conversation in life requires nothing but an open heart and a “Dear Father?” How gracious of God to keep it simple.
Even more gracious of Him not to require a smartphone.

The Animal Magnetism

Are you one of those people for whom the day wouldn’t be quite right without discovering a little pet hair on your clothing when you get to work?  Does the pitter-patter of little feet continue even after the kids have gone off to college?  Do you swear you’re not going to get another pet, only to have one show up on your doorstep?

The human race’s affinity for animals is widespread and spans the centuries.  What most likely started out as a mutually beneficial relationship has evolved over the centuries.  Ancient Romans kept dogs and birds, as well as cats and horses, although they were likely working animals.  7th century Buddhist Monks raised goldfish in ponds and by the 14th century the Chinese were keeping them in bowls as pets.  By the mid-1800’s, as middle class society emerged, more people had the time and the money to keep animals purely as pets.1

According to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes, with more than 70 million dogs and more than 80 million cats among the mix.    Of course, there are some limits to pet “ownership” like home size, practicality and legal considerations.  You’re not likely to find a Siberian Tiger napping on your bed (unless you’re Siegfried or Roy) or a dolphin in your swimming pool.  Many of us have that little bit of fantasy in the back of our minds that we could somehow surround ourselves with all of the animals we have an affinity for.

There are a lot of historical, social and psychological reasons for our connection to animals, but the purpose here is to get you to look a little bit differently at your connection to specific creatures and what it might mean. What can we learn about ourselves from it?  For reasons that are on the spiritual side to some, and probably more on the psychological side to others, it is possible to discover a little bit more about ourselves and maybe about our path in life from these beings we are drawn to.

Start by just thinking about what particular animal you are MOST attracted to or have the strongest connection with.  It doesn’t have to be a domestic animal, though that is certainly allowed.  What’s your favorite animal; dog, a cat, fox, deer, dolphin, elephant, caribou?  Get yourself a piece of paper, or open up a text document on your computer and write or type the name of the animal.

Now without thinking too hard about it, start writing down words or traits that you associate with that animal.  Just whatever short bits come quickly to mind; like strength, wisdom, speed, leadership, power or that sort of thing. Think about how these traits might apply to you and your life.  Do you have more strength than you give yourself credit for?  Do others rely on your for your wisdom and leadership?  Often the qualities of the animals we are attracted to are qualities reflected in ourselves.

In a time of difficulty or struggle, think about this animal and the qualities that you admire.  You might even get a little crazy and imagine yourself AS that animal and feel those qualities in yourself.  Find in yourself the strength of a horse to power your way through a difficult task, or the cleverness of a fox to quickly think your way out of a tricky situation.

During a meditation or other quiet moment, visualize yourself in your favorite place in nature. Imagine that your animal appears to you and you are able to have a conversation with it. Ask what messages they may have for you, or simply chat with the being and find out what it has to say.

You can go even further into exploring yourself and your life by looking deeper into the meaning, mythology and lore of your chosen animal.  Research Native American mythology and learn about the crow’s connection to sacred law or the wolf as a teacher.  What did cats represent to the ancient Egyptians?  What element or god is it associated with?  How does it all relate to where you are in your life and where you’re heading?  Or where you’ve been?  You might be surprised!

Lastly, you take a look at other animals that might be associated with this animal.  Cats and mice?  Dogs and cats?  What does your animal eat if left to its own devices?  What might eat your animal?  Look for the interrelationships there and what those animals might mean to you in correlation with yours.  How does it relate to you and your life?  Are you a dog person who has a pesky cat annoying you somewhere in your life?  What is the solution to that?  (And no, it is NOT eat them!)

Sometimes when we find ourselves stuck in a rut in life, a little self-reflection can be a good thing.  Perhaps many things could be substituted for an animal and work in the same way, but given our natural affinity for them, it may simply come more naturally to work with an animal as a reference.  Many cultures place faith the in power of totem animals or animal guides and guardians.  Maybe the solution to some of modern society’s angst can be found in some old wisdom and an open mind.

References:

http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/2205/Pets-HISTORY.html

http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.aspImage

 

Don’t Mess with Mau Forest,It’s the Jewel of Kenya

The single most identifying object for Kenya is wildlife. This is followed closely by athletes. The global illegal trade for wildlife and wildlife products is going up. In South Africa, in 2010 they lost 340 rhinos to poaching. Kenya is lucky because it has put in place the necessary security measures and what is normally seen at the airports is from neighboring countries and it has been confirmed through DNA analysis but this does not mean that elephants are not being killed in Kenya; they are but in smaller quantities which can be controlled and the average between the last five years is between 50 and 70 elephants per year. It is only Kenya that can account for its animals to the last one. This makes the country proud since the numbers are going up. This is witnessed across all the species. Some are struggling for example the lion and the main reason(s) here being that as the King of the Jungle, the require more space for breeding, hunting and roaming but that space is diminishing very first and the cause of this is the increase in Kenyan population which is increasing at a rate of 1 million every year. The animals are feeling squeezed and this is a big challenge even in years to come.
The huge population comes with other grave effects and the threat therefore comes to wildlife since people look at them as either a source of livelihood or food. The national land management plan can adequately solve this issue when people are categorically moved away from wildlife dispersal areas, wildlife protected areas and wildlife corridors to better regions to avoid conflicts and destruction of ecosystems. Wildlife supports a huge industry in the country and it goes beyond tourism. As protected areas system supports tourism which contributes about 15 per cent of the GDP and this means national income. It also supports the entire water industry. In Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) protects all the water towers in the country except one, The Mau. The entire water being used in Nairobi comes from Aberdares, a National Park. They also protect Mt Kenya and Mt Elgon. All these water towers are protected and supported by the wildlife industry. Water basically is life. Therefore the wildlife industry supports between 25 – 30 per cent of Kenya’s GDP.
The twist surrounding Maasai Mara is that the owner of the land in Narok County Council but the entire Maasai Mara is trust land and trust lands are community lands entrusted to local authorities. This means that all the money made from the land goes to the council. This is estimated at $25 million (Ksh2bn) making it the richest rural local authority in East and Central Africa. 30 per cent of tourists or visitors that come to Kenya end up in Maasai Mara in one way or another. This makes it the number one protected area by KWS in the country. The pain only comes in the management of this jewel which is equivalent to Kenya’s brand. Whatever goes wrong in Maasai Mara has ramifications on the image of the country. Tourism literatures classify the Mara as one of the best wildlife real estates in the world.  The local apparently are not happy because the proceeds from the park seem not to benefit them fully in terms of amenities and infrastructure but that is story for another day.
KWS does not have any control of Mau Forest. For the ownership, part of it is a forest reserve controlled by Kenya Forestry Service and the other side (western section) belongs to Narok County Council, trust land. Before the forest act was put in place, way before 2005, the politicians could excise the forest and this has happened since 1932. The biggest excision occurred in 2001 where 67,000 acres was hived off and the most severe was East Mau. East Mau supports six rivers flowing into Lake Nakuru and the effect of this now is that all these rivers currently are seasonal. On a wider scope, Mau entirely controls 12 main rivers. If Molo River dries up, Lake Baringo is affected immediately. If Kerio River which flows into Lake Turban dries up, the lake is affected immediately. If three rivers, River Yala, River Nyando and River Sondu Miriu which flows into Lake Victoria are affected, the effects are severe. Already, there is a power plant at Sondu Miriu and there is no dam around, the turbines are moved by the natural flow of the river. If the river is affected, the power plant automatically stalls. The Mara River flows right through Maasai Mara and if this dries up, the jewel is lost completely since it is the only source of water in that area. Ewaso Nyiro River flows into Lake Natron, the only place in the region where flamingoes breed. The flamingo circle system which flows from Lake Nakuru, Lake Magadi and Lake Bogoria, all that will disappear because the only source of fresh water into Lake Natron comes from Mau. The spectacle will be gone and also add the six rivers flowing into Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. Therefore Mau is life and Mau is Kenya, we cannot play around with it! Please do politics with other things but not this one. The nearby towns of Molo and Elburgon are all originally part of Mau Forest. This is the most extensive forest in the region other than Congo Forest.
The global entitlement of an individual to water is 1000 cubic metres per citizen but in Kenya its is only 300 cubic metres per individual. The tragedy of this all that the ratio is declining. The grave outcome and source of conflicts in the Northern parts of Kenya is the struggle for the scarce water and pasture resources among others. This is moving south. More tragically, Nairobi, the capital city is served water from only two dams, Sasumwa and Ndakaini, which gets their water from Aberdares. The other dam planned in Makuyu is not yet operational. Luckily, Aberdares in now fully fenced electrically but people can still cut the electric fence and go in. The recommendation for Nairobi just a little payment for ecological services whereby they can invest back in the communities around Aberdares so they don’t overstretch the jewel and protect it. Debate on natural resource management should dominate any other thing because there is trouble already. On energy, about 70 per cent of Kenyans use wood fuel or charcoal but there is only 1.7 per cent forest cover remaining and it’s declining. Worth knowing also is that the global recommended forest cover for any country is 10 per cent. Lost forest land should be reclaimed and restored.
Vision 2030 can never be realized if investors keep asking if there is adequate, constant and sustainable supply of electricity and water. The government can also subsidize the kerosene price and supply as well as cooking gas to affordable standards. Every citizen must also play a part, plant a tree every month. In a year you shall have planted 12 and if this is multiplied by 40 million people, these will be a lot of trees. It is sometimes a matter of common sense, take a stance.

Just sick of ladies calling all men dogs, and men calling all ladies hoes or sluts.

I’m really sick of all the men saying women are hoes, sluts and/or tramps. Newsflash, someone has to be sexing them and guess what, it’s us men. Then after doing so and finding out your homeboy or crew already hit, all of a sudden she is a hoe or slut. She wasn’t that when you were calling her whenever you wanted some. Oh yea men, when you being selfish and simply about getting yours, more times than not you didn’t even satisfy her, but yet you think you the man in bed. I’m willing to bet the biggest hoe you know or think you know has slept with less people than you, so what does that make you exactly? You men are so tired of hoes, well, blame your fellow males for continuing the trend giving attention, buying things, boosting egos and sexing these so called hoes, so don’t look for change because it’s not happening! Men: Do Better

The same way, I’m really sick of all the women saying men are dogs, players and no good. Newsflash, for each and every female that allows poor treatment, disrespectful behavior, any type of abuse, taking him back when cheating, etc, it is you who continues this cycle because you all are the ones allowing this to happen staying with a man who should be kicked to the curb. Quit telling yourself ‘but I love him’ and using it as an excuse or justification for his ignorant ways, poor treatment and inconsistent behavior. Have more love for yourself and lose the loser. If you don’t get rid of him, then blame yourself and all the other women unable to do so for not reading the writing on the wall when the signs are always there, thinking he is going to change or somehow you’re the one who he will change for because it’s not happening! Women: Do Better!

 

100 Things to talk about online beside yourself.

The number one question I hear when it comes to Twitter is “what do I talk about?”

Given that most people do NOT know what to talk about, many wind up either boring their social community to death or they turn them off because they default to talking about themselves.

Never fear. You do not need to default to tweeting like a self centered, babbling idiot.

Check out these 100 ideas to inspire, connect, entertain and delight your audiences. No, not every one of them is going to work for every tweeter and every audience. However, many of them will work for most people and most businesses.

As I always say “there is only one way to do social media, and that is the way that works for you and your business.”  Listen to the advice others have for you, but determine priorities for investment of time, resource, conversation content based upon your objectives and goals.

Remember your number one goal is to inspire and connect with your audience. Help them achieve their goals and by default you will achieve yours. Inspire – connect – achieve! Don’t over complicate it.

1. Tips to help your customers solve their business problems.

2. Tips to help your audience solve life problems.

3. Tips to help your audience, clients and friends live a better life.

4. Anything that shows you are human. Be real, engaging and talk like a human being, not a robot.

5. Industry news.

6. News about your city, state, country or the world.

7. Content that will strike an emotion. Make them laugh, cry, and think. Made them feel something.

8. Links to videos, podcasts or other materials that inspire, connect and delight them.

9. Inspirational quotes. Did you know quotes are the #1 retweeted content on Twitter?

10. Quotes of famous authors, artists or business leaders.

11. to help people save money, time and resource. No, this does not mean you tweet coupons for your own business.

12. Information about a charity that needs help.

13. Photos of you doing something fun, inspiring or helpful to your community.

14. Photos of others doing something interesting. Remember, every tweet shouldn’t be about you!

15. Tips for how to get started with a new business or idea.

16. Tips for starting a business. If you are business owner, share your story, ups and downs.

17. Tips for how to use a product such as software, hardware, game or other.

18. Funny jokes.

19. Tips for local discounts or fun and unique things to do.

20. Adventures you experience while not working. Could include concerts, visits to the zoo, park, or even the neighbors house.

21. Photos of nature, sunsets or anything beautiful, funny, inspiring and entertaining.

22. Friendly reminders of important dates or holidays.

23. Holiday wishes.

24. Birthday wishes.

25. A simple hello, good morning or goodnight.

26. Thank someone for inspiring and delighting you.

27. Thank a favorite blogger, writer, thought leader, business, or artist for what they do.

28. Let someone know you appreciate them for simply being who they are.

29. Share tips from an event or presentation.

30. Share funny moments from a movie, sports game or event of any kind.

31. Information to help people avoid risk in business or life. This could include traffic avoidance, deadlines for state government requirements and the list goes on.

32. Share a song.

33. Start a conversation about anything other than yourself or your own business.

34. Ask a question that requires an answer other than yes or no.

35. Thank someone for commenting on your blog.

36. Ask a question to support a research project.

37. Conduct a poll.

38. Thank your community for following you.

39. Ask your community what they would like you to talk about.

40. Tweet pictures of your favorite food dish, restaurant or recipe.

41. Tell a story over a few tweets.

42. Ask for help.

43. Offer help to others.

44. Ask for tips for finding a product or service you want to buy.

45. Ask for opinions on a product or service you are considering buying.

46. Share your favorite content from other blogs and news media outlets.

47. Ask for tips of where to find good content that pertains to your industry, business or community.

48. Ask questions of others to learn about them.

49. Curate the best possible content you can find. Do NOT be afraid to share your top competitors content. Show confidence in who you are and what you do.

50. Let people know something interesting or funny that happens to you during the day.

51. Share a frustration, though do this with caution. I usually don’t recommend talking negatively excessively as it will turn many people off.

52. Do the mama test. Tweet like nobody is listenin’ except yo’ mama!

53. Share a new recipe.

54. Share tips on a hobby such as fishing, biking, skiing, rc cars and the list goes on.

55. Share your journey on reaching a goal such as weight loss, shedding a bad habit. By doing this you may inspire others as well as connect with people with the same interests.

56. Celebrations and milestones. Reach a big goal? Share it. As long as you are humble and share your good days, mediocre and even bad days your community will gladly celebrate with you as they will have helped build you!

57. Fun photos of an amusement park.

58. Photos of your business team enjoying life outside of the office.

59. Tips for others to take a break from work.

60. Tips for others to enjoy more life balance.

61. Connect and talk about many topics and meet new friends via a Twitter chat.

62. Stock market or other financial tips.

63. Breaking news from national and world media outlets.

64. Progress toward goals and objectives in business and life.

65. Encouragement for a friend or colleague who you know needs inspired.

66. Retweets of other people’s awesome tweets and content.

67. Replies to others who tweet and talk to you.

68. Reviews, opinions and formal evaluations on products and services you have tried.

69. Check-in at your favorite restaurant or store via FourSquare or other geo application.

70. Weather tips if there is a storm in the area.

71. Statistics about products, services, industries or niches.

72. Data of any sort that can educate and teach others.

73. How to information and guides.

74. Maps or other helpful advice for tourists if you are in the tourism or hospitality business.

75. Welcome tweets when people check in to your business location.

76. Reply to people who tweet about your brand /business.

77. What you are thinking about. Tweet a deep thought daily tweet.

78. What you are dreaming about. Share your dreams and aspirations. Some may have the same dreams and you will be able to connect with them in a very unique way.

79. Customer services tweets to those who need help from your business.

80. Thank you messages to your customers for stopping in, purchasing something or simply being your customer.

81. Help other people achieve their goals. Share their content, promotions or charity fundraisers.

82. Be a connector.

83. Help people get answers to their questions.

84. Tweet and acknowledge similar interests. If you notice a new follower lives in a town you use to live in, let them know.

85. Compliment someone’s profile, bio or other information that inspires you.

86. Refer your followers to some of your favorite businesses, authors or colleagues.

87. Share something funny your kid or family member did that made you laugh. It might make others laugh too.

88. Share simple moments of life that share a part of you, show your human side but don’t come off as self centered.

89. Share a prediction.

90. Tweet a good Pinterest board.

91. Tweet a good Google+ community.

92. Tweet an engaging and inspiring group on LinkedIn.

93. Tweet a cool and inspiring Facebook business page, group or community.

94. Share a poll or focus group research which results will be shared with those who participate.

95. Share or start a poll.

96. Start or share a list on list.ly.

97. Teach others how to do something.

98. Help people simply do more, do less or simply be better.

99. Tweet this post so your friends can stop tweeting like self centered, babbling idiots.

100. You think of something. I have give you 99 ideas. You can at least come up with one and then add it in the comment section, can’t you? That way people won’t yell at me and say I only offered 99 tips when the blog title states 100!Image