Gino Foti - The Darkness Conscious
Gino Foti - MIDI Bass Guitar, MIDI Bass Pedals, Analog Synthesizer
- The Darkness Conscious (60:12)
Overview & Composition Notes
"Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, The Philosophical Tree, Collected Works 13: Alchemical Studies
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The Darkness Conscious
Inspired by the writings of Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung, this release is my fifth in a series of conceptual albums in the ethnic fusion, meditation, and spiritual music genres, featuring MIDI bass guitar & MIDI bass pedals.
A string section via analog synthesizer was added to form a sound that blends elements of Baroque chamber music, film/soundtrack, new age, and symphonic classical with meditation music to help "... kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being".
This introspective journey is intentionally 180 degrees out of phase with most meditation and spiritual music that focuses on accepting, moving towards, and seeking "the light", in the false hope that an individual's "dark" and "negative" aspects, traits, and qualities can simply be avoided or somehow transcended.
Like Jung, I firmly believe that no self-exploration can be an honest one without addressing one's desires, fears, impulses, instincts, perversions, repressed ideas, weaknesses, etc., and integrating them to achieve balance, harmony, and wholeness within.
"It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster; and each individual is only one tiny cell in the monster’s body, so that for better or worse he must accompany it on its bloody rampages and even assist it to the utmost. Having a dark suspicion of these grim possibilities, man turns a blind eye to the shadow-side of human nature." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology of the Unconscious
"If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that 'they do this or that, they are wrong', and 'they must be fought against'. Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology and Religion
"The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Aion
"Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology and Religion
"We know that the wildest and most moving dramas are played not in the theatre, but in the hearts of ordinary men and women who pass by without exciting attention, and who betray to the world nothing of the conflicts that rage within them except possibly by a nervous breakdown. What is so difficult for the layman to grasp is the fact that in most cases the patients themselves have no suspicion whatever of the internecine war raging in their unconscious. If we remember that there are many people who understand nothing at all about themselves, we shall be less surprised at the realization that there are also people who are utterly unaware of their actual conflicts." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, New Paths in Psychology
"In contrast to the meditation found in yoga practice, the psychoanalytic aim is to observe the shadowy presentation - whether in the form of images or of feelings - that are spontaneously evolved in the unconscious psyche and appear without his bidding to the man who looks within. In this way we find once more things that we have repressed or forgotten. Painful though it may be, this is in itself a gain - for what is inferior or even worthless belongs to me as my shadow and gives me substance and mass. How can I be substantial if I fail to cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole; and inasmuch as I become conscious of my shadow I also remember that I am a human being like any other." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
"You can never come to your self by building a meditation hut on top of Mount Everest; you will only be visited by your own ghosts and that is not individuation: you are all alone with yourself and the self doesn’t exist." ~ Carl Gustav Jung, Zarathustra Seminar