Insightful words from Carl Jung

If you haven’t read Liber Novus, it’s worthwhile:

It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you.  On what basis should I presume to teach you?  I give you news of the way of this man, but not of your own way.  My path is not your path, therefore I cannot teach you.  The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in teachings, nor in laws.  Within us is the way, the truth, and the life.

Woe betide those who live by way of examples!  Life is not with them.  If you live according to an example, you thus live the life of that example, but who should live your own life if not yourself?  So live yourselves.

The signposts have fallen, unblazed trails lie before us.  Do not be greedy to gobble up the fruits of foreign fields.  Do you not know that you yourselves are the fertile acre which bears everything that avails you?

Yet who today knows this?  Who knows the way to the eternally fruitful climes of the soul?  You seek the way through mere appearances, you study books and give ear to all kinds of opinion.  What good is all that?

There is only one way and that is your way.

You seek the path?  I warn you away from my own.  It can also be the wrong way for you.

May each go his own way.

I will be no savior,  no lawgiver, no master teacher unto you.  You are no longer little children.

Giving laws, bettering, making things easier, has all become wrong and evil.  May each one seek out his own way.  The way leads to mutual love in community.  Men will come to see and feel the similarity and commonality of their ways.

Laws and teachings held in common compel people to solitude, so that they may escape the pressure of undesirable contact, but solitude makes people hostile and venomous.

Therefore give people dignity and let each of them stand apart, so that each may find his own fellowship and love it.

Power stands against power, contempt against contempt, love against love.  Give human dignity, and trust that life will find the better way.

The one eye of the Godhead is blind, the one ear of the Godhead is deaf, the order of its being is crossed by chaos.  So be patient with the crippledness of the world and do not overvalue its consummate beauty.

 

A brief note on emotions and investing

In the last two days I’ve “lost” a bit over $10,000 in the market.  Nothing has changed – the outlook for the companies whose stock I own is about what it was last week, but there were some negative comments from the Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve that moved the market.  As the tide went down in some corners of the market, the values of my stocks have gone down as well.

There are lots of things that affect stock prices, which I will be covering later.  But one of the key skills of being an investor is the ability to sit back and observe without getting emotionally attached.

Lots of things will cause the market to react, and it can be very difficult to keep one’s head when the market moves in big ways.  Especially when you are new to investing, a position is moving against you, and you’ve got no idea why.  It can feel like everyone else knows something that you don’t, and the pressure to cut your losses and stop the pain can be incredibly powerful

But almost invariably, as soon as you do you’ll find the market turns around.  When you sell a stock that you believed in because it dropped 30% only to watch it turn around and happily rise to new highs, you’ll really feel stupid.

I’m going to address investing a lot here, because I see it as the wealth building method that anyone of average intelligence can participate in.  But in order to be successful you’ve got to be able to ignore the day-to-day and month-to-month moves of the market and their effect on your (theoretical) net worth.

That’s it.  Nothing life-changing or particularly deep here – I just realized that I was down a lot, and once upon a time this would have caused a great amount of anxiety.

Wealth Building Part One: Thoughts on Retirement

I will open by giving you a Frontline video to watch.  Check it out when you have time (it’s a bit longer than 45 minutes).  The video is located here.


So that probably pissed you off a bit.  401Ks are the typical retirement vehicles that regular folks have access to, and they use mutual funds that pay kickbacks to the management companies, and you suffer the consequences.  Sucks to be you. Continue reading

Ho Lee Crap! I found the forum!

A long time ago a bunch of us took an online Chaos course with Peter Carroll at the Maybe Logic Academy.  I ran a continuation forum for a while afterward, then life, a couple of moves, multiple businesses, and a shit-ton of spammers made me lose interest.

Then, in 2012, a hard drive crash happened.  Which would be fine, except my files were encrypted and I couldn’t find the key.  Which would also be fine, except somewhere on the way to Windows 7 Microsoft started encrypting the backups which sucked.

Until today.  Found the key this morning, accessed the files successfully, and found the forum databases.  It might be a few days before it’s up and running again, but if you used to hang out on The Ideosphere then you will be able to again soon.

(I’ll spam the old members to let them know what’s up too.  I’m sure that’ll be appreciated.)

My Secret to Getting Shit Done

When you take the long view time is our most precious resource.  We all get 24 hours each day to spend as we see fit, and it will pass whether it’s used or not.  In my case, either I seize the hours of the day and use them effectively, or I can have a pleasurable day where nothing tangible gets accomplished.  There isn’t really a middle ground for me.

This post is about how I make my best days happen.  JM says the last technique he would give up is meditation, followed closely by offerings.  The last technique I would give up is daily planning.

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On being an entrepreneur…

This is a response to a post on Inominandum’s blog today.

The concerns he lists are very real, and will strike you in a visceral way especially if you are the primary breadwinner in the family.  But at the end of the day you confront the fact that half of all millionaires are self-employed or own a business.  Depending on your skillset self-employment or starting a business may simply be the best road to financial independence and financial freedom. Continue reading

But is it magic? How can you tell?

I saw this question on a forum and decided I would answer it here:

The thing is that I don’t know if it was my spell that did the trick or whether it was something bound to happen anyway. Is there a way for me to know if the results were magickal?

The short answer is this: in my experience the outcome of a successful working will almost certainly come in a way that looks mundane, but that satisfies the need you were enchanting for.  The situation looks very different in hindsight: before, you needed magic to help attain the result, but afterward the result looks obvious or almost mandatory. Continue reading

Defining and achieving “wealth”

I see posts like Jason’s Three Tips for building Wealth with Sorcery this morning, and my immediate reaction is “lots of folks don’t see wealth and money the same way I do.”  Jason’s post is on-target, but I don’t think his advice is far-reaching enough.  This post is my attempt to add some more depth to this discussion.

I should start with a disclaimer: my goal here is to talk in general terms about complicated concepts.  I’m generalizing a bit – understand that going in.  Readers who have never taken a finance class and know nothing about investments should be able to follow along, and if you want to be picky then you’re missing the whole point of this.

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