Chapter 16: In the Lake of the Void
This can be done, and then you will have a false kind of individuation. You will feel better than before, because now you will not be a crowd, a mob, many noises will not be there. They would have fallen in a certain kind of harmony, a certain adjustment would have arisen in you. Your conscious mind will be friendly with the unconscious, not antagonistic. Your unconscious will be friendly with the collective unconscious, not antagonistic. There will be a thread running through the flowers: you will be more like a garland than like a pile. But still, individuation in the sense I am talking about here has not happened.
Individuation is not the unity of mind but the disappearance of the mind. When you are utterly empty of the mind, you are one. To be a no-mind is the process of real individuation.
Jung was groping in the dark, coming very very close - just as Democritus was coming closer to the atomic structures of matter - but he was as far away from real individuation as Democritus was far away from real modern physics. Modern physics is not a speculation, it is a proved phenomenon.
For the book of The Secret of the Golden Flower, individuation is not speculation - it is experience. Before one can know the one, the many have to be said goodbye to: one has to be capable of becoming utterly empty. Individuation is the flowering of inner emptiness - yes, exactly that: the golden flower blooms in you when you are utterly empty. It is a flower in the void; in the lake of the void the golden lotus blooms. So the process is totally different. What Jung is doing is trying to put all the pieces together - as if a mirror had fallen and now you are trying to put it together, gluing it together. You can glue it together, but you will never find the same mirror again. A broken mirror is a broken mirror.
In the East the work has moved from a totally different dimension: we have to let this mind go, each part of the mind has to be dropped slowly slowly. In deep awareness, meditativeness, thoughts disappear, mind sooner or later becomes contentless. And when the mind is contentless, it is no-mind, because mind as such is nothing but the whole process of thought. When you are without thought, not even a single thought stirring in your being, then there is no-mind. You can call it individuation, you can call it samadhi, you can call it nirvana or what you will.
But beware: people like Jung can be very alluring, because they talk in terms which are really beautiful. They talk about individuation and you may start thinking that the individuation of Jung is the same. It is not the same, it can’t be the same - he never meditated himself.
He was really afraid of meditation. He was basically afraid of the East. And when his friend, Richard Wilhelm, who had translated the I Ching into German and who was also the translator of The Secret of the Golden Flower, went mad, he became even more afraid. Then he started saying that the methods of the East are not useful for the West, they are dangerous. Then he started saying that the Eastern methods should not be used in the West because the West has followed a totally different line of evolution. Yoga, Tantra, Tao, Zen, Sufism - no Eastern methods should be tried by the Western mind - then he started saying that. He was really afraid. And he was not aware of what he is talking about - he had never tried these methods.