The Gifts of Trauma II

One of the most powerful shocks of the Middle Passage is the collapse of our tacit contract with the universe–the assumption that if we act correctly, if we are of good heart and good intentions, things will work out. We assume a reciprocity with the universe. If we do our part, the universe will comply. Many ancient stories, including the Book of Job, painfully reveal the fact that there is no such contract, and everyone who goes through the Middle Passage is made aware of it.

~ James Hollis, The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife (quoted in Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 59)

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